Tourism Bureau unveils subsidies to promote tourism in south Taiwan

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Photo courtesy of Maolin National Scenic Area

Photo courtesy of Maolin National Scenic Area

Taipei, May 15 (CNA) The Tourism Bureau announced Tuesday that it has set aside NT$40 million (US$1.34 million) to subsidize tour operators who offer tour packages to five national scenic areas in southern Taiwan.

The locations include the Siraya National Scenic Area in Tainan, Maolin National Scenic Area in Kaohsiung, Dapeng Bay National Scenic Area in Pingtung County, Penghu National Scenic Area, and East Coast National Scenic Area in Taitung County.

According to the bureau, tour operators will be eligible for the subsidy if they offer travel packages that include any of the five national scenic areas, include weekdays stays and last for at least two days and one night (with a one-night stay in the city or county where the scenic area is located).

Those packages that meet the criteria will be eligible to receive subsidies of NT$500 per day per person for accommodation and half transportation costs, including tour buses, boat rides, trains and air flights, the bureau said.

Meanwhile, the maximum subsidy provided for each tour group is NT$50,000 for Penghu County and NT$30,000 for other four cities and counties, it added.

The subsidy plan is currently available for tour groups visiting scenic areas in Tainan, Kaohsiung, Pingtung and Taitung, while subsidies for Penghu will begin on Oct. 1 during the The Most Beautiful Bays in the World (MBBW) convention.

It is hoped the short-term plan will boost tourism in southern Taiwan, and encourage tour operators to come up with travel itineraries that focus on local appeal, the bureau said.

(By Wang Shu-fen and Ko Lin)

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