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Tourism Bureau to screen arrangements for Chinese tourists

Taipei, June 30 (CNA) A screening process specially designed to ensure quality service to Chinese tourists will be implemented with effect from Wednesday, the Tourism Bureau under the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) announced Tuesday.
Chen Mei-shiou, a section chief at the bureau, said that from July 1, local tour agencies that service Chinese tour groups will be required to submit online all arrangements related to hotels, tour guides, restaurants and tour buses for screening by the bureau.
As long as the local agencies are given the green light by the bureau one day before the scheduled arrival of their Chinese clients, those agencies can apply to the National Immigration Agency for entry permits on behalf of the visitors, Chen explained.
If the bureau finds fault with the arrangements submitted online, the local tour agencies will not be able to obtain entry permits for their Chinese clients, she added.
This mechanism was put in place to help guarantee the quality of service provided by Taiwanese travel operators to Chinese tourists, as the number of arrivals from China is expected to continue to rise, Chen said.
To avoid a price war, Taiwan authorities have stipulated that local travel agencies keep their prices at a minimum of US$60 per person per day for Chinese tour groups.
(Flor Wang)




Updated : 2021-05-17 12:46 GMT+08:00