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Extra tourist quota reserved for high-end Chinese visitors: bureau

Taipei, May 1 (CNA) Starting Friday, an additional 500 openings for Chinese visitors per day will be given to high-end group tourists as Taiwan's Tourism Bureau tries to promote higher-value quality travel. The high-end tourist groups are required to stay in five-star hotels for at least two-thirds of their total stay in Taiwan and spend NT$1,000 (US$33) or more each day on meals, according to tourism officials. Their tour bus cannot be more than five years old and must not travel more than 250 kilometers per day to ensure travel safety, officials said. The new policy is expected to encourage high-quality and in-depth travel options, said local tourism operators who were optimistic about the plan's market potential. Roget Hsu (???), a senior travel agent and former secretary-general of the Travel Agent Association of the ROC, said some 10 travel agencies have expressed interest in the program.
Among them are Tsung Heng Travel Company, which predicted that each travel agency involved in the business could accommodate at least 100 tourists a month. That monthly figure could even rise to 500 during the peak travel months of July and August, it said. The daily quota for Chinese group tourists is currently set at 5,000 people per day, and another 4,000 entry permits are saved for independent Chinese travelers (who do not use tour groups). The 500 openings for high-end group tourists are above and beyond the existing 5,000-person daily quota for tour groups. According to Tourism Bureau statistics, nearly 4 million Chinese nationals visited Taiwan last year. (By Chen Wei-ting and Lee Hsin-Yin)

Updated : 2021-09-26 12:12 GMT+08:00