Transport minister refuses to double Chinese tourist quota
Central News Agency
2014-07-09 11:11 PM
Taipei, July 9 (CNA) Minister of Transportation and Communications Yeh Kuang-shih on Wednesday turned down a request by the aviation industry to double the number of Chinese tourists allowed to visit Taiwan daily on group tours. Chinese tourists are already creating "a bit of turmoil" in Taiwan and the local people do not have a good impression of them, so now is not a good time to increase the current daily limit of 5,000 on group visits, Yeh said in response to the proposal by Chang Kuo-wei, chairman of the Taipei Airlines Association. In a bid to fill more seats on flights between Taiwan and China's second- and third-tier cities, a group of aviation industry stakeholders, led by Chang, urged Yeh to double the daily quota of Chinese tourists traveling in groups. During a visit to Yeh's office, the industry leaders said that although there are 828 cross-Taiwan Strait flights per week, it would be difficult to increase the seat occupancy rates on such flights unless the daily quota for Chinese group tourists was raised to 10,000. While Yeh turned down the proposal, he said he would try to open Taiwan to independent visitors from more Chinese cities. "We can also use other means to increase the number of independent tourists from China," he added. Taiwan's daily quota for independent Chinese tourists currently stands at 4,000. (By Wang Shu-fen and S.C. Chang)
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