Taiwanese island group sees upsurge in tourism

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Penghu, the archipelago to the west of Taiwan’s main island, received more visitors in July than during the six previous months combined, reports said Friday (Aug. 1...

Overtourism a blessing and curse for Taiwan’s outlying islands

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Overtourism has put a strain on Taiwan’s outlying islands and placed local governments in a dilemma about how to strike a balance between tourism promotion and envir...

Taiwan's Penghu mulls travel charge for visitors

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan's offshore archipelago of Penghu saw an overwhelming number of visitors over the last few weeks and in response the local government said Friday (July 31) it is...

Asia-Pacific tourism makes patchy restart, and some missteps

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Tourism operators across Asia and the Pacific are making furtive and faltering advances, as well as some spectacular missteps, after travel was largely halted by the coronav...

Taiwan minister vetoes domestic StarLux flights from main international airport

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Facing the impact of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on global travel, StarLux Airlines wants to launch domestic charter flights, but Transportation Minister Lin...

Taiwan Tourism Bureau reveals top 5 destinations under stimulus program

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Hualien County, Yilan County, Taitung County, Taichung City, and Penghu County are the top five destinations where Taiwanese have been taking advantage of the ongoing gove...

Japan mulls opening up to business travelers from Taiwan

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — A Japanese Cabinet meeting on Wednesday (July 22) reportedly discussed the possibility of allowing visits by business travelers from Taiwan and from 11 other countries whe...

Penghu sees hike in visitors as pandemic eases in Taiwan

Domestic tourism has received a significant boost as the COVID-19 pandemic eases in Taiwan, with the offshore archipelago of Penghu one of the top travel destinations, according to a Penghu County gov...

Rising virus totals force rethink of bars, schools, tourism

MITO, Japan (AP) — Bars may be off the menu and many schools look set to remain closed for months to come as the new coronavirus causes more illness and death in many countries and the U.S. South and ...

China becomes first economy to grow since virus pandemic

BEIJING (AP) — China became the first major economy to grow since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, recording an unexpectedly strong 3.2% expansion in the latest quarter after anti-virus lockdown...

Asia Today: Rules return in Hong Kong, India, ease in China

HONG KONG (AP) — Renewed restrictions took effect in Hong Kong on Wednesday, with restaurants limited to takeout after 6 p.m., as the Asian financial center battles a resurgence of the coronavir...

The Latest: India reimposes lockdown as cases near 1 million

NEW DELHI — India’s coronavirus caseload is approaching 1 million with a surge of 29,429 in the past 24 hours, prompting authorities to reimpose lockdowns in high-risk areas in nearly a dozen states. ...

TRA offers discounted rides as domestic tourism rises

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) is rolling out 70 percent off deals for its Chu-Kuang tickets, 34 percent off for its TR-PASS, NT$500 (US$17) off for its cruise-s...

In Russia and Ukraine, no social distance on crowded beaches

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Tens of thousands of vacation-goers in Russia and Ukraine have descended on Black Sea beaches, paying little heed to public health measures despite the numbers of reported coronav...

Thailand considers travel bubble with Taiwan, China, Japan in August

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Thailand is working on a plan for travel bubbles which would allow 1,000 tourists a day from three countries, including Taiwan, to enter the country without quarantine and...