China's tourism revenue increased 23 percent and stood at 646,800 million yuan (102,670 million) during the first quarter of 2012, said a senior official.
Domestic tourists made 875 million trips from January to March, an annual increase of 15.1 percent, said in a statement posted on the website of the National Tourism Administration (NTA), Shao Qiwei, head of the ANT.
The tourism industry has been playing an increasingly important role in stimulating domestic demand and create jobs. Increasing levels of national life and the unremitting efforts of the country to be more open to the outside world provide new development opportunities for the tourism sector, Shao said in the statement.
Moreover, more than 400,000 travelers from the mainland visited Taiwan during the first quarter, up 53 percent compared to last year. Currently, 41 cities in the mainland offer direct flights to Taiwan, said in the statement.