In 2017, Taiwan citizens made 15,654,579 trips abroad, up 7.30% from the year before. Asia was the main destination (first stop on outbound flights), accounting for 91.05% of all trips, followed by the Americas (4.45%), Europe (3.17%), Oceania (1.18%), and other regions (1.5%).
According to the findings of the Tourism Bureau's "R.O.C. 2017 Citizen Travel Survey Report," Japan received the highest proportion (36.2%) of R.O.C. citizens' overseas trips, followed by China and Hong Kong. Of all overseas trips in the year, 31% were arranged as group trips or incentive trips, 41% were arranged entirely independently without using a travel agent, 19% were arranged partly through travel agents, and 9% were purchases of independent travel or flight + hotel packages.
The main purpose of citizens' overseas travel in 2017 was tourism (72%). The main reasons for going abroad for tourism were the invitation of relatives or friends, curiosity and the wish to experience the way of life in a different country, and going away to gain relief from pressure.
In 2017, R.O.C. citizens spent an average of NT$ 47,841 per person per trip overseas. Although this figure was 3.28% less than in 2016, total spending by outbound travelers increased by 3.78% due to a higher number of trips made.
|Index||2017||2016||2017 vs 2016|
|Ratio of outbound travelers to total population||32.5%||28.4%|
|Total number of outbound trips by citizens (including those under 12)||15,654,579 trips||14,588,923 trips|
|Average number of outbound trips per capita||0.66 trips||0.62 trips|
|Average length of stay per trip||7.97 nights||8.05 nights|
|Average expenditure per person per trip||NT$ 47,841||US$ 1,569||NT$ 49,463||US$ 1,532|
|Total outbound travel expenditure (including international flight tickets)||NT$ 7,489 billion||US$ 245.666 billion||NT$ 7,216 billion||US$ 223.46 billion|