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Extra quota set for Chinese tourists visiting outlying islands

Taipei, Jan. 26 (CNA) Starting Feb. 1, an additional 500 slots per day will be given to Chinese group tourists who visit Taiwan's outlying islands to continue their trip to Taiwan amid Taiwan's bid to promote travelto the islands, according to the Tourism Bureau (???). The daily quota for Chinese group tourists is currently set at 5,000 people for day, but 500 extra openings will be available for those visiting the islands of Kinmen, Matsu or Penghu and staying for at least one night, regardless of timing, the bureau said. The new policy will be in effect for one year as part of the bureau's trial project to boost tourism in the areas, said the Taiwan Strait Tourism Association (TSTA, ???), which along with China's Cross-Strait Tourism Exchange (???) are responsible for tourism issues across the Taiwan Strait. Although the outlying islands are small, they are well-equipped with modern facilities and offer unique and in-depth travel experiences, said TSTA official Yang Ruey-tzhong (???). To be eligible for the new program, however, the tour groups must follow TSTA guidelines for accommodation, itineraries and shopping arrangements, he said. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)

Updated : 2021-09-24 14:19 GMT+08:00