Taiwan's Tourism Bureau extends upcoming hotel stay subsidies to cover whole country

Taipei City, Taoyuan City, and Hsinchu City have also been included into the hotel stay subsidy scheme effective from Jan. 1 to Jan. 31, 2019

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Sun Moon Lake in Nantou County (photo courtesy of George Liao)

Sun Moon Lake in Nantou County (photo courtesy of George Liao) (By Taiwan News)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Taiwan’s Tourism Bureau on Thursday announced in a news release that the upcoming hotel stay subsidy program, which originally would benefit Taiwanese citizens who would stay overnight during January 2019 at a hotel in any of 19 counties and cities across Taiwan, is now extended to cover the whole country.

After the inclusion of Taipei City, Taoyuan City, and Hsinchu City into the subsidy program, now the program is applicable to any legal hotels in the country.

The bureau said the reason it made the decision to include the three municipalities originally left out in the program was because the hotel industry in these three municipalities hoped to participate in the program and that a resolution reached by Legislative Yuan's Transportation Committee on Dec. 20 also demanded the three municipalities be included in the program.

Now individual travelers who are under 59 years old and over 30 will be eligible for a maximum of NT$1,000 in subsidy per room if they stay at a hotel in Taiwan 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 during the same period, the agency said.

The agency said it will appropriate an additional NT$320 million (around US$10 million) to fund the territory extension for the upcoming hotel stay subsidy program in hopes of bringing up overall room occupancy rates for the country's hotel industry.