Travel agents pan subsidy plan

COMPLAINTS: Spring is not a slow season as the Tourism Bureau has claimed, a travel agent said, while a travel association head said that valuable funds were being wasted

Taipei Times
Date: Feb 28, 2019 
By: Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

Travel agents yesterday criticized the Tourism Bureau’s plan to extend a travel subsidy program into spring, saying that it has disrupted the tourism industry and sparked customer complaints.

Citing the success of a winter subsidy program implemented at the end of last year, the bureau said that it is considering offering subsidies in spring as well.

Domestic travelers can use the subsidies for tours from April to June, which is generally an off-peak season, the bureau said.

According to a preliminary plan, domestic tourists would receive a subsidy of NT$500 each, regardless of their age and place of residence, it said, adding that the plan would cover independent and group travelers.    [FULL  STORY]

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