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Taiwan Offers Subsidies and Discounts to Revive Tourism in Hualien and Taitung

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In an effort to revitalize tourism in Hualien and Taitung, Taiwan’s Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) has allocated NT$1.3 billion (S$54 million) from its NT$5.3 billion (S$221 million) post-quake recovery fund to attract visitors back to the region. The initiative comes after a devastating magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck Hualien on April 3, claiming 18 lives and injuring 1,145 others.

Subsidies and Discounts for Tourists

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To entice tourists, the Taiwanese government is offering a range of subsidies and discounts. Self-guided tourists can receive accommodation subsidies of NT$1,000 (S$41.7) per room from Monday to Thursday and NT$500 (S$20.9) from Friday to Sunday in Hualien. In Taitung, tourists can enjoy NT$1,000 (S$41.7) per room from Monday to Thursday.

Travel agencies running group tours can also benefit from accommodation subsidies of up to NT$20,000 (S$835) for each group visiting Hualien and NT$15,000 (S$626) for Taitung. Each group must consist of more than 20 travelers and stay for at least two days and one night, with only one day on the weekend or public holiday. Each travel agency can apply for subsidies for up to five tour groups during the program’s duration.

Additional Incentives

To further sweeten the deal, tourists can enjoy free travel on Taiwan Tourist Shuttle services in Hualien and Taitung, as well as an 80% discount on tours by Taiwan Tour Bus in those areas from June 1. A two-for-one deal on the Taiwan Pass, which offers unlimited rides on trains, metros, sightseeing shuttles, and more, will also be available from July 1.

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Program Duration

The subsidies and discounts will be valid for three months from July 1, with the MOTC not specifying how long the discounts will be effective.

This initiative aims to revitalize tourism in Hualien and Taitung, which have been severely impacted by the earthquake. By offering attractive subsidies and discounts, Taiwan hopes to welcome back tourists and support the local economy.

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