Anti-Chinese riots to have limited impact on tourism: minister

05/15/2014 07:31 PM

Taipei, May 15 (CNA) The anti-Chinese riots in southern Vietnam that have targeted several Taiwanese companies are not expected to have a substantial impact on bilateral tourism, according to Taiwan's Transportation Minister Yeh Kuang-shih on Thursday.

Taiwanese tour groups still in Vietnam are unlikely to be affected by the riots because the groups are in the northern part of the country, far away from the unrest that has enveloped factories in industrial zones there, he said.

"We hope the incident will have very minor impact," Yeh said in a press briefing.

The Tourism Bureau is working with partners in the industry to arrange adjustments to tourists' travel plans based on information from the Foreign Ministry, Yeh said.

The press conference came one day after Taiwan issued a yellow travel alert for Ho Chi Minh City and an orange alert for two provinces near the country's largest city.

The Foreign Ministry issued the orange alert for Binh Duong and Dong Nai provinces, the center of the riots, and urged citizens to take precautions and avoid unnecessary travel to the region.

Under the four-color travel alert system, red is the highest alert level, followed by orange, yellow, and grey.

According to the bureau, 854 Taiwanese travelers are currently in northern Vietnam in 37 different tour groups.

A total of 2,259 Taiwanese tourists in 96 groups are expected to visit Vietnam by the end of May, the bureau said, adding that 188 in eight groups have cancelled their trips set for that time.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)ENDITEM/WH

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