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Taichung, Nantou, Changhua mulling incentives to boost tourism

2012/07/11 22:04:53

Taipei, July 11 (CNA) The governments of Taichung, Nantou and Changhua in central Taiwan are mulling to jointly offer travel incentives in an effort to attract more foreign travelers, officials said Wednesday.

The idea of the program is to integrate the resources of Taichung City and Nantou and Changhua counties to boost local tourism industries, Changhua County Deputy Magistrate Patrick Lin told CNA.

The initial plan is an offer of NT$300 (US$10) to each foreign tourist for meals or travel expenses, for example, said Lin, who proposed the idea of the incentive program at a routine meeting of top officials from the three areas.

He added that foreign tourists must arrive at and depart from Taichung Port or Taichung Ching Chuan Kang Airport in order to be eligible to receive the payment.

The program may also include subsidies at popular tourist attractions such as Sun Moon Lake and Xi Tou in Nantou County and Changhua County's Lukang, which is known for its old streets and historical sites, Lin said, adding details have yet to be finalized.

During the meeting, Taichung Mayor Jason Hu, who supported the idea, suggested tour packages with different themes could be launched to attract tourists.

(By Lin Heng-li and Hanna Liu)