Oct 29, 2018 General Comments Off on Tourism Bureau outlines new tourism stimulus package
Taipei, Oct. 29 (CNA) Taiwan's Tourism Bureau will inject over NT$90 million (US$2.9 million) in subsidies for accommodation and transportation during the last two months of the year to boost tourism in eastern and southern Taiwan.
The package will provide up to NT$1,000 per room in subsidies to independent travelers under the age of 60 and up to NT$1,500 per room to those 60 and over who visit Kaohsiung, Pingtung, Hualien, Taitung and parts of Yilan on weekdays in November and December, the bureau said in a statement Monday.
The subsidies do not cover travel in Yilan City and Toucheng and Jiaoxi townships in Yilan County, the bureau said.
A maximum NT$1,000 transportation subsidy will also be given per room, according to the bureau.
At the same time, Chateau De Chine Hualien, Formosan Naruwan Hotel and Resort Taitung, The Grand Hotel Kaohsiung and other hotels are offering 70 percent discounts on a limited number of rooms every day, the bureau said.
Meanwhile, tour operators who take Taiwan nationals on group tours with stays of two or more nights but no more than one night on a weekend or public holiday will also be eligible for subsidies of up to NT$500 per person, the bureau said.
Tourism Bureau official Tang Wen-chi (???) said Monday the subsidy package is not only aimed at stimulating tourism in the next two months but also to support well-known events, including the 2018 Taroko Gorge Marathon on Dec. 1.
Tang Yu-shu (???), general manager of Chateau De Chine Hualien, said the tourism industry in Hualien County has been hit hard due to natural disasters this year, and hotels are looking beyond the subsidies and taking the initiative to advertise themselves to draw visitors.
The subsidies may also help counter the possibility of people pulling back on travel to eastern Taiwan after a Puyuma express train destined for Hualien and Taitung County derailed in Yilan County, killing 18 people last week.
The accident raised several questions about the safety practices of the Taiwan Railways Administration.
The Tourism Bureau carried out a similar subsidy program earlier this year after a major earthquake in Hualien County in February discouraged tourism in the county, and the tourism sector in other parts of Taiwan also struggled because of a number of factors.
It set aside NT$5 million for a "3355" package in March and April to draw travelers to Hualien and another NT$40 million in May to support tours visiting five national parks.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel
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