Taiwan’s domestic tourism gets US$130m boost

Top view of Jiufen Old Street in Taipei Taiwan

Taiwan has rolled out a NT$3.9 billion (US$130 million) stimulus package to bolster domestic tourism, which includes travel subsidies for citizens, as Covid-19 restrictions ease.

The announcement was made by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications on Monday, according to a report on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan) website.

Taiwan will provide citizens with travel subsidies from July in bid to boost domestic tourism; Jiufen Old Street in Taipei, Taiwan pictured

From July 1 to October 31, citizens travelling within Taiwan can enjoy discounts and subsidies for hotel stays, park admissions and travel packages.

Individual travellers will receive a one-time NT$1,000 or NT$2,000 subsidy for hotel stays, depending on whether they are travelling within Taiwan, or its offshore counties.

In addition, Taiwan Tour Bus passengers on half-day or one-day tours can benefit from a two-for-one discount. As well, citizens born on or after July 1, 2001, can enjoy unlimited free admission to participating amusement parks between July 1 and August 31.

For groups of at least 10 people on two-day or longer tours, each member will get NT$700, with the total capped at NT$30,000 per group, and increasing to NT$70,000 for groups with more than 15 people travelling for three days or more.

The government will offer NT$1,200 per person for groups of 15 or more on tours of two days or longer to the outlying counties of Kinmen, Lienchiang and Penghu, up to a maximum of NT$70,000 per group.

A maximum subsidy of NT$10 million will also be given to city and county governments to aid with planning and launching local tourism campaigns.

The initiatives are expected to encourage 6.38 million citizens to travel domestically, said the ministry, pegging estimated revenue at NT$23.5 billion.

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