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Domestic travel a key part of Taiwan's plan to stimulate economy

Domestic travel a key part of Taiwan's plan to stimulate economy

Taipei, Oct. 30 (CNA) People interested in traveling within Taiwan between Nov. 20, 2015 and Feb. 29, 2016 may get a rebate on their hotel expenses as part of a government program to stimulate the country's sluggish economy. During the 100-day period, hotel guests may get a rebate of up to NT$1,000 subsidized by the government for each overnight stay. To be eligible for the rebates, hotel guests must first visit the Tourism Bureau's hotel information website taiwanstay.net.tw to get a serial number. Under the subsidy program, a total of 115,000 serial numbers will be issued. The domestic travel promotion program, part of the Cabinet's efforts to boost domestic consumption announced Friday, will also subsidize theme parks offering discount prices to visitors. In recent years, people in Taiwan have been keen on domestic travel, with an estimated 134 million trips made in Taiwan in 2014, according to statistics compiled by the Tourism Bureau. Roget Hsu (???), secretary-general of Taiwan's Travel Agent Association, said the local hotel industry did not have high expectations for the promotion because it does not solve the problem of the big difference in occupancy rates between holidays and non-holidays or peak and off-peak periods. He suggested that the government was trying to boost domestic demand in the tourism sector to offset a potential decline in Chinese visitors in the coming months ahead of Taiwan's national elections in January.
But Hsu questioned whether the market needed the short-term stimulus considering that the average occupancy rate of local hotels exceeds 70 percent at present. (By W.T. Chen and Lillian Lin)


Updated : 2021-09-20 05:20 GMT+08:00