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Timing for talks with China at APEC tourism meeting not decided

New Transportation Minister Ho Chen Tan said Monday that arrangements have been made for talks with tourism officials from China on the sidelines of an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum meeting in Peru later this month, although the exact timing remains undecided.

Ho Chen is set to depart for Peru May 26 for the APEC Tourism Ministerial Meeting, which will take place May 28-29.

He said that bilateral talks with delegates from Thailand and Malaysia have been set and confirmed. As for talks with the Chinese delegates, "arrangements have been made, but the timing has not yet been decided," he noted.

Asked about developments in the tourism and travel industry, the minister, who was sworn in May 20, said tourism development should be conducted in various areas, and should be done step by step to expand the sources of foreign visitors.

Ho Chen delivered an operational report from his ministry at the Legislative Yuan that day, his first such report since assuming office.

In the report, he elaborated that in the future, the tourism policy will be aimed at assisting the relevant sectors in improving their quality of service, deepening travel experiences and boosting production values.

"(We) will no longer just pursue growth in visitor numbers to Taiwan," Ho Chen said.

Updated : 2021-06-13 08:25 GMT+08:00