FAUSTIAN BARGAIN?Critics said that more Chinese tourists means more crime, with 1,124 Chinese tourists accused of breaking the law in the first of half of this year
Date: Aug 31, 2015
By: Chung Li-hua / Staff reporter
With the Executive Yuan poised to raise the cap on the number of Chinese tourists traveling to Taiwan via the Free Independent Travel (FIT) program, an opposition lawmaker likened the move to a deal with the devil, saying that violations of the law by Chinese tourists are on the rise, with last year’s total almost double that of 2013.
The National Development Council proposed “economy-boosting measures” earlier this month, including raising the cap on the number of Chinese tourists traveling to Taiwan via the FIT program from 4,000 to 5,000 per day and raising the limit for those traveling via the “small three links” through Kinmen and Matsu from 500 to 1,000 per day.
There is no change planned to the daily number allowed for Chinese traveling as members of tour groups. [FULL STORY]