FPG to offer employees subsidies for travel to Hualien

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FPG to offer employees subsidies for travel to Hualien

Taipei, April 17 (CNA) Formosa Plastics Group (FPG) said Tuesday that it will provide subsidies to its employees for visits to Hualien, in support of the eastern county's efforts to rebuild its tourism following a deadly earthquake there earlier in the year.

FPG, one of Taiwan's leading conglomerates, said that with the subsidies, some 7,100 of its employees and their family members will take weekend group tours of Hualien organized by the conglomerate, starting from April 21.

The employees will be offered NT$5,000 (US$170) each, plus NT$1,500 for each relative that travels with them, the company said.

The total budget for the travel subsidies is estimated at NT$23 million over a total of nine trips slated for, FPG said, adding that the initiative is being launched to help boost Hualien's tourism.

On Feb. 6, a deadly 6 magnitude earthquake rocked the coast of Hualien, killing 17 people, injuring 291, and causing widespread infrastructure damage there.

Since then, the number of visits to Hualien's Taroko National Park and its many other tourist attractions has dropped sharply.

FPG, which donated NT$50 million for the quake relief efforts in the county, is one of several Taiwan enterprises that have been trying to help revive Hualien's tourism industry.

One of the others is contract chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), which has been providing a subsidy of NT$3,000 to each of its 6,500 participating employees and their family members for weekend travel to Hualien since March 24.

FPG's decision followed a recent visit to Hualien by its president Wang Wen-yuan (王文淵), who said that while the scenery had recovered generally, tourism in the area was still weak.

Under the company's subsidy program, the participating employees will travel from Taipei, Chiayi or Kaohsiung to Hualien, where they will stay for two days and one night, FPG said.

It estimated that each person will spend at least NT$1,000 on average on shopping, which will generate more than NT$30 million in tourism revenue for the county over the period, the company said.

FPG runs Taiwan's major petrochemical firms, including Formosa Plastics Corp., Nan Ya Plastics Corp., Formosa Chemicals & Fibre Corp. and Formosa Petrochemical Corp.

(By Wei Shu and Frances Huang)

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