Taiwan's Tourism Bureau extends scope of travel subsidies

For citizens over 60 years old or under 30, the maximum subsidy per room is NT$1,500

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(Photo courtesy of the Tourism Bureau)

(Photo courtesy of the Tourism Bureau)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Taiwan’s Tourism Bureau on Tuesday announced in a news release another travel subsidy program to benefit Taiwanese citizens who will stay overnight at a hotel in any of 19 counties and cities during January 1 - 31, 2019.

The new travel subsidy program is the second such program put forth by the bureau in recent months. The first program is a two-month program currently ongoing until the end of the December, benefiting travelers who stay at a hotel in the five municipalities--Yilan, Hualien, Taitung, Pingtung counties, and Kaohsiung City.

The agency said the first program, for which the agency set aside a budget of NT$95 million (about US$ 3.17 million) to fund, is expected to generate revenues of NT$2.8 billion for the tourism industry through the end of this year.

The second subsidy program is essentially an extension of the first one, which is expiring, the Tourism Bureau said. The purpose for the extension is to encourage citizens to engage in multi-day tours in Taiwan before the Chinese New Year and benefit the tourism industry in municipalities where hotel occupancy rates are low, the agency added.

The second program will cover tour groups as well as individual travelers.

With regard to individual travelers, the second program will continue to cover the five municipalities stipulated in the first program and an additional 14 municipalities, where hotel occupancy rates are lower than 50%, the agency said.

Individual travelers who are under 59 years old will be eligible for a maximum of NT$1,000 in subsidy per room if they stay at a hotel in any of the 19 municipalities during Sunday to Thursday in January 2019, and for citizens over 60 years old or under 30, the maximum subsidy per room is NT$1,500 under the same terms and conditions, the agency said.

The agency said it will appropriate a budget of NT$980 million for the second program, hoping to create 800,000 hotel room occupancies and bringing in revenues of NT$5.5 billion for the tourism industry.

The 19 municipalities are Keelung City, New Taipei City, Hsinchu County, Miaoli County, Taichung City, Changhua County, Nantou County, Yunlin County, Chiayi County, Chiayi City, Tainan City, Kaohsiung City, Pingtung County, Yilan County, Hualien County, Taitung County, Penghu County, Kinmen County, and Lienchiang County.

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(Photo courtesy of the Tourism Bureau)

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