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COVID-19: Reward for vacation agencies lifted to NT$1.1bn

  • By Shelley Shan / Team reporter

The Tourism Bureau on Monday lifted the whole reward for vacation businesses that organize the most domestic tour groups throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to NT$1.1 billion (US$39.6 million) from NT$800 million introduced formerly. &#13

Persons can also use vacation vouchers, which would be issued soon, to spend for team tour fees, lodging and other fees as prolonged as the services are supplied by accredited operators, it extra.&#13

Minister of Transportation and Communications Wang Kwo-tsai (王國材) on Thursday reported that the bureau would allocate NT$2 billion to fund the distribution of journey vouchers — NT$1.2 billion on the vouchers them selves and NT$800 million on incentive bonuses for journey companies that draw in the most domestic travelers. &#13

Even so, the announcement drew criticism from smaller and medium-sized travel companies, which said that the software would only advantage massive vacation organizations that can pay for significant marketing and advertising campaigns to appeal to shoppers.&#13

Sector reps lauded the maximize in reward revenue, as perfectly as the conclusion to allow men and women to use vouchers additional flexibly. &#13

“We thank the authorities for listening to travel brokers and earning improvements appropriately,” High-Excellent Travel Affiliation chairman Ringo Lee (李奇嶽) reported.&#13

The federal government could subsidize 35,000 domestic tour groups if just about every tour team ended up to receive a subsidy of NT$30,000, Lee reported. &#13

On ordinary, each and every vacation agency would have about 10 tour teams acquiring government subsidies, he mentioned. &#13

The quantity of tour teams that can be subsidized with government money really should depend on the measurement of travel organizations, he extra.&#13

“We also hope the government will go on subsidizing the salaries of staff members at journey agencies, as we are even now not able to resume standard operations mainly because of the government’s disorder avoidance laws,” he additional. &#13

Lion Travel common manager Andy Yu (游國珍) explained that far more journey field operators are eyeing business chances that would be designed via the issuance of travel vouchers, now that they can be utilized to cover a wide variety of journey costs.&#13

“We will boost the top quality of domestic tour offers to attract buyers, but we hope the authorities can offer you extra incentives to encourage vacation businesses to arrange good quality topic tours,” Yu said. &#13

The ministry should look at changing the selection of passengers allowed on tour buses, given that it has been easing limitations on other sorts of transport, Yu said. &#13

Only up to 20 travellers are permitted on tour buses, in accordance with the Central Epidemic Command Center’s (CECC) condition avoidance rules. &#13

In relevant news, the ministry on Monday comfortable disorder prevention limitations for amusement parks, countrywide scenic areas and railway units.&#13

People to national scenic areas can swim and surf as extensive as they observe social distancing and other disease prevention pointers, and dress in a mask when not in the h2o, it said, including that certified small business operators can manage snorkeling and scuba-diving excursions. &#13

People can use the locker rooms and showers on ailment that they provide call facts and notice ailment prevention recommendations, it additional.&#13

Men and women can also accessibility swimming pools and other water sporting activities amenities at amusement parks in accordance with the tips stipulated by the CECC and area health officers, the ministry said.&#13

The Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) and Taiwan Superior Pace Rail Corp (THSRC) can offer up to 80 % of the seats on categorical trains, up from 70 %, it reported, introducing that eating and ingesting would be allowed in non-compensated locations within TRA and THSRC stations and on the TRA’s vacationer trains.&#13

Tour buses that are made use of as shuttle buses by organizations or government companies can have the range of passengers pre-approved by the ministry.&#13

Dine-in prospects at freeway and freeway provider locations, non-paid out regions within railway stations and accommodations are demanded to adhere to CECC tips, the ministry mentioned.

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