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Top tourism official on NT$1m bail

Top tourism official on NT$1m bail

Prosecutors released Nantou County's top tourism official on bail of NT$1 million yesterday on strong suspicions that he handed out licenses to hostels in return for money.
At least five other county government officials, a professor who served on a hostel rating board, a member of the county council and a broker were also released on bail, prosecutors said.
Tourism chief Hung Wen-neng was released after overnight questioning. He apparently accepted meals and vouchers from a hostel owner in return for approving his operating license, prosecutors said.
Five hostels in the popular tourist destinations of Puli and Jenai obviously did not fulfill conditions to be licensed, because the size of the rooms and the floors did not correspond to regulations, prosecutors said.
The absolute maximum number of rooms for a hostel is 15, but some expand beyond the official limits once they have obtained their license. The changes can endanger the safety of the guests and harm the environment, investigators said, adding they did not want to be perceived as harming Nantou's tourism sector.
After calls from the public brought the matter to investigators' attention, they searched the hostels on Thursday and took about 20 operators, officials and politicians in for questioning, prosecutors said.


Updated : 2021-03-03 11:53 GMT+08:00