Virus Outbreak: Second bailout may aid tour guides

FINANCIAL LOSSES: The Travel Bureau said that it is considering giving self-employed tour guides monthly subsidies of NT$10,000 for three consecutive months

Taipei Times
Date: Apr 03, 2020
By: Shelley Shan / Staff reporter

An arrival board at Taipei International Airport (Songshan airport) yesterday shows most flights having been canceled.
Photo: CNA

Ministry of Transportation and Communications yesterday said that it is considering including self-employed tour guides in a second bailout package for tourism industry workers.

The Tourism Bureau is studying the feasibility of the proposal after Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) on Wednesday met with representatives of travel and tour guide associations to discuss how the ministry could help them as their businesses suffer because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ministry said.

Tour guides have also experienced financial losses, as travel agencies have stopped organizing overseas tour groups or hosting tourists from other nations, the bureau said.    [FULL  STORY]

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