TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan is expected to allow one-third more mainland Chinese tourists to visit the island next year, local media reported Sunday, ahead of a fresh round of talks between the two sides. Currently up to 3,000 Chinese tourists are allowed to visit Taiwan each day and the quota is expected to be increased to 4,000 from January to meet strong demand, the Liberty Times reported, citing an unnamed tourism official. Officials from the islands China policy decision-making body Mainland Affairs Council were not immediately available for comment. Tourism operators welcomed the reported move and called on the government to further relax the restrictions. The government should raise the daily quota to 5,000, Hsu Kao-ching, the chief secretary to the Travel Agent Association of Taiwan, which promotes the islands tourism, told AFP. Such a level was promised by President Ma Ying-jeou before the 2008 presidential election. Hsu said Taiwans existing tourism facilities such as hotels and buses were sufficient to cope with a daily quota of that size. Chinese tourists have made 1.13 million visits to Taiwan so far this year. Taiwanese authorities have said tourism grew on the island faster than anywhere else in Asia last year, largely due to an influx of visitors from the mainland. The report came one day before Chinas top negotiator Chen Yunlin flies to Taipei for the sixth round of talks since 2008. Chen, the head of Chinas quasi-official Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Strait, is scheduled to hold talks with his Taiwanese counterpart Chiang Pin-kung on Tuesday, officials said. China still considers Taiwan part of its territory awaiting reunification, by force if necessary, even though the island has ruled itself since the end of a civil war in 1949. Ties have improved markedly since Ma came to power in 2008, with the two sides resuming routine high-level direct unofficial talks and adopting various measures to boost trade and tourism.