Taipei, June 26 (CNA) The Tourism Bureau is offering around 50 new types of tourist shuttle service packages and discounts, as well as introducing several new routes, the bureau said Tuesday.
The new packages, with maximum discounts of up to 67 percent, are being offered in a bid to attract more customers in the face of rising living costs, according to a bureau press release.
For instance, the price of a one-day pass for the Southwest Coast Route in Chiayi County is reduced by nearly 65 percent from NT$946 (US$31.52) to NT$330.
The pass includes one shuttle ticket, three entry tickets to tourist venues in the area, and coupons for activities such as bicycle rental.
In addition, the 20 existing routes will be revamped to 22, serving scenic areas including Hualien County's Taroko National Park, Changhua County's Lukang Township, and the Crown North Coast Route in northern Taiwan.
The buses will be GPS-equipped and will offer multilingual tour guide services and ticket-booking systems, all designed to improve Taiwan's green tourism network.
Minister of Transportation and Communications Mao Chi-kuo said at a press conference that the tourist shuttle service has been operating for two years as a means of encouraging people to use public transport instead of driving to popular tourist sites.
The service saw a 125 percent year-on-year increase between January and May this year to 700,000 passengers, the bureau added.
The service, launched in April 2010, attracted 1.16 million riders last year, representing a 52 percent increase compared with 2010.
(By Sunrise Lin and C.J. Lin)