GUILIN expects a tourist boom in the second half of the year after the Qiandao Lake incident badly affected the trade last year. Twenty-four Taiwanese tourists were killed in a boat incident. The number of tourists from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau had dropped to 18 per cent of the total last year, down from the 38 per cent in 1993 and 50 per cent in 1992, according to Chen Qingguang, director of the Guilin Tourism Bureau. The situation had improved somewhat in the first four months of this year with a 2.1 per cent rise in arrivals. Mr Chen said he was confident the number would increase from next month. Guilin is a famous tourist spot in Guangxi province. Income from tourism amounted to US$100 million last year and has been rising 10 per cent annually, according to Li Mingzhi, mayor of the city. 'The figure may be misleading because it only includes the income of the companies that come under the guidance of the tourist bureau; those outside the system are not calculated,' Mr Chen said. He said at least one member in each family was directly or indirectly engaged in tourism. To regulate the city's travel agents the government had designated three agents to handle the Taiwanese tours, Mr Chen said. By centralising controls it would help avoid poor management. Meanwhile, the government has established a joint-venture travel company in Taiwan to promote tourism in the city, he said.