MOTC announces stimulus package for tourism
Wang Kwo-tsai, minister of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC), says his office will be introducing a NT$5.5 billion stimulus programme for the travel industry on 15 July. The statement comes after Wang held talks with travel sector executives.
The island's travel industry has been calling on the government for financial assistance due to massive losses it has sustained since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic and the closure of Taiwan's borders.
According to the transport minister, he has been meeting with travel agencies, hotel owners and tour bus operators to discuss how the stimulus funds should be used to support the sector and the final details of the program will be released next week.
Travel Agent Association Chairman Hsiao Bo-ren says along with financial assistance, his members are also hoping the government will lift the ban on travel agencies organizing inbound and outbound tours. Hsiao also says the association wants the government to lift the requirement that foreign tourists must have had at least three doses of a coronavirus vaccine to be allowed entry into Taiwan.