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Chinese tourists tepid on VIP packages to Taiwan

Chinese tourists tepid on VIP packages to Taiwan

Taipei, May 15 (CNA) Citing a lack of compelling attractions, local travel agencies said Friday that the opening of VIP tour packages to Taiwan has yet to draw a single applicant since regulators made the option available May 1. A typical five-day VIP package to Taiwan is priced at around 8,000 Chinese yuan (US$1,313), said Lee Chin-yen (???), CEO of Kingtour (?????), a travel agency specializing in offering upscale tour packages to Chinese visitors. For the same price, however, Chinese visitors are offered far more luxurious dining and accommodation options in Japan or Thailand, said Lee, urging the sector to develop more compelling reasons to justify the higher price of VIP tour packages to Taiwan. Lee said that in the months leading up to May 1, a number of tour operators had proposed VIP packages featuring Taiwan's most upscale hotels and restaurants, but they failed to draw the slightest interest from the Chinese market. Tour operators are hoping to see an upturn in the VIP tour business toward the end of this month, but Lee said that tangible growth prospects remain to be seen. The Tourism Bureau said that tourists in China are required to complete a registration process at home before they can embark on a VIP tour to Taiwan, which could explain the tepid response. On the Taiwan end, tour operators also have to increase their marketing efforts and devise more compelling packages, said the bureau. The bureau stipulates that lunches and dinners included in VIP tours must exceed NT$1,000 per day, and that visitors must lodge at 5-star hotels for at least two-thirds of their stays. In addition, visitors must not be subjected to shopping stops and should travel no more than 250 kilometers per day during their stays in Taiwan.
Chartered buses transporting Chinese visitors must be no more than five years old. (By Chen Wei-ting and Ted Chen)


Updated : 2021-09-17 15:55 GMT+08:00