RESEARCH | Staff Reporter, Taiwan

Taiwan has fourth highest dining-out costs in Asia Pacific

Dining-out spending per month averaged NT$7,178 (US$237) in Taiwan.

According to Focus Taiwan News Channel, Taiwan ranks the fourth in dining-out costs in the Asia-Pacific region, trailing only after South Korea, Australia and Singapore.

In the MasterCard Survey on Consumer Purchasing Priorities – Dining for 2017, the credit card issuer said dining-out spending per month averaged NT$7,178 (US$237) in Taiwan, compared with NT$11,989 in South Korea, NT$11,970 in Australia, and NT$8,427 in Singapore.

The survey established that Taiwan's average monthly dining-out expenses per consumer topped China's NT$6,940. MasterCard said Taiwan's dining-out spending rose 44% from a year earlier, much higher than the average growth rate of 10.59% in the region.

The survey also found that 78% of respondents in Taiwan often eat out at fast food restaurants, and 78% go to food courts in shopping malls or department stores. However, only 31% of the respondents frequent high-end restaurants.

According to the survey, many Taiwanese consumers carefully studied reviews of food vendors or restaurants before going out to eat, with 64% of them going online to read evaluations.

The survey, conducted from October to December in the region, collected 9,123 questionnaires from respondents aged 18-64 in 18 countries or regions.

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