Minister defends spring travel subsidy program

AGREE TO DISAGREE: Asked about a proposal to end subsidies on the online public participation forum, the minister said people having different views is inevitable

Taipei Times
Date: Apr 10, 2019
By: Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) yesterday

Township representatives attend a Tourism Bureau news conference in Taipei yesterday for the Small Town Ramble campaign, which promotes tours to 40 “charismatic” towns nationwide.  Photo: CNA

defended the government’s provision of a spring travel subsidy, saying that it facilitates the process of placemaking and encourages young people to explore small towns.

Lin made the remark at a media conference organized by the Tourism Bureau to mark the beginning of the Small Town Ramble campaign, through which the bureau is promoting tours to 40 carefully selected “charismatic” towns nationwide.

While the bureau is using the campaign and the spring travel subsidy program to boost domestic tourism, some people have proposed suspending the subsidies on the government’s online public policy participation platform.

Asked about the proposal, Lin said that Taiwan is a society with diverse public opinions, and it is inevitable for people to have different views on the matter.    [FULL  STORY]

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