TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — In an effort to stave off a shortage of COVID-19 quarantine hotel rooms in the run-up to the Lunar New Year holiday, the Tourism Bureau will extend subsidies until the end of June 2022, reports said Friday (Oct. 29).
The Jan. 29 to Feb. 6 official holiday, when many Taiwanese living overseas are expected to return home, has resulted in quarantine hotel rooms in some areas already becoming fully booked — though the overall occupancy rate for the country is 56%, CNA reported.
In order to increase the number of available rooms to 32,000 from 26,000, the Tourism Bureau said it would continue to subsidize hotels with NT$1,000 (US$36) per room per night until the end of next June. The program was initially scheduled to end on Dec. 31.
Based on the experience of the 2021 Lunar New Year holiday, the Tourism Bureau said it wants to prepare three months in advance while asking local governments to encourage the hotel sector to join in. The bureau named New Taipei City and Hsinchu County as areas where there is a particular need for extra quarantine rooms early next year.