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From halal fried chicken to hot springs hotels with prayer facilities, Taiwan is adapting its traditional tourist draws to woo Muslim visitors as Chinese arrivals dwindle. Mainland tourist numbers have slid dramatically as China relations deteriorate, with speculation authorities there are turning off the taps to pressure Taiwan's Beijing-skeptic government. Taiwan is now looking to boost relations with 16 south and southeast Asian countries, as well as Australia and New Zealand – what it calls its "southbound policy" – and is seeking more visitors from the region. Taiwan welcomed 30 percent more visitors from southeast Asia in 2017 .Taoism is the prevalent religion in Taiwan, with Muslims making up less than 2 percent of the population, but tourists who spoke to AFP said they were surprised how welcome they felt. Salahuding Ma, secretary-general of the Chinese Muslim Association, the largest halal certification body in Taiwan, says it is hard for the new wave of tourists to compete with their Chinese counterparts.
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