Dengue outbreak deals heavy blow to tourism in south Taiwan

SEPTEMBER 14 (CCTV) — The outbreak of dengue fever in Taiwan has dealt a heavy blow to tourism in its southern region.

Latest official statistics show that dengue fever infection has now amounted to 9,103 cases across the island in southeast China. The worst-hit region Tainan alone suffered 8,022 cases.

Tourism revenue in Tainan has dropped by half due to a sharp plummet in tourist arrivals, according to authorities.

“My business shrunk by almost 20 percent, which means tourist visits dropped seriously,” said a street vendor selling snack at a tourist attraction in Tainan.

Street vendors in Tainan are providing tourists with mosquito repellent water in a hope to sustain their business.