Taiwan To Extend Limitation on Number of Chinese Tourists

Taiwan To Extend Limitation on Number of Chinese Tourists
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The National Development Council thinks there are ways to strengthen exporting services. Tourism in Taiwan is a part of the service industry; therefore there is still room for improvement and will be the focus for the second half of the year.

In response to the revised economic growth rate (GDP) reducing down to 1.56 percent in Taiwan, Chairman of the National Development Council, Du Zi-jun, announced that the council will promote tourism in the second half of this year and strengthen exporting services. Besides adjusting free traveling passes for Chinese tourists from 4,000 to 5,000 per day, there will be less restrictions for travelers coming to Taiwan on the Mini Three Links.

Tax refund thresholds for tourists are expected to be lower, and a plan to waive visa fees for higher quality travel agencies from Southeast Asia is in the works. It is expected that revenue from tourism industry will reach NT$ 8.85 billion (approximately US$ 271 million) by the end of the year.

CNA reports, Du said at the press conference after the meeting at the Executive Yuan that Taiwan’s exports are restricted by the needs and developments of the international environment, but the National Development Council thinks there are ways to strengthen exporting services. Tourism in Taiwan is a part of the service industry; therefore there is still room for improvement and will be the focus for the second half of the year.

Du Zi Jun stressed that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are waiving visa fees for higher quality Southeast Asian travel agencies to increase the number of tourists in Taiwan. Also, with the help of the Ministry of Economic Affairs along with industrial and commercial groups, there will be a push to promote incentive traveling to Taiwan for Taiwanese companies abroad; furthermore, these employees who travel to Taiwan will receive the same waived visa fee privileges and won’t be restricted to the quota of Chinese tourists.

Apple Daily reports that the government did not intend to increase the number of free traveling passes for Chinese tourists. But along with the increase of allowed tourists traveling on the Mini Three Links, it hopes to give boost the economy temporarily. As for visa-related incentives, it is expected to attract more international tourists.

The Minister of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Zheng Zhen-zhong says the main focus for the ministry is still aiming for mid to long-term strategies, but it will also execute short-term solutions. Zheng also mentions that the domestic services sector exports can attract more tourists to increase domestic demands.

Officials of the National Development Council say that the economy must go through a structural adjustment in order to improve. The current economy is performing poorly and a lot of it is due to the worldwide environment. Proposing effective short-term solutions under this situation and letting citizens feel the economy is getting better is extremely difficult and unrealistic.

Edited by Olivia Yang

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