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Crowds back on Kenting beaches in south Taiwan

Beach vehicle operator says most visitors since pandemic hit

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Crowds back on Kenting beaches in south Taiwan

(CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Large crowds were back on the beaches of Kenting in southern Taiwan on Sunday (June 26) as COVID-19 appears to be on the wane and temperatures soared to over 30 degrees Celsius.

According to the Central Weather Bureau, the maximum temperature in Pingtung County could reach up to 35 C on Sunday.

A water vehicle operator surnamed Pan (潘) said crowds were the biggest he has seen since the pandemic hit, CNA reported. However, the number of visitors cannot compare with those before the pandemic, Pan said, adding that it’s comforting to see that “at least tourists are back."

Pingtung B&B Association Chair Lin Shu-min (林淑敏) said the association is hopeful of achieving full hotel occupancy this summer. Due to the pandemic, renting an entire house or an entire floor has become more popular among guests, Lin said, adding that they are looking forward to the tourism stimulus package to boost weekday hotel occupancy rates, per CNA.