Taipei Times: Visa-free program may be expanded: minister

The government is considering including more countries in its visa-waiver program to attract more tourists after China last week suspended a program that had allowed individual tourists from 47 Chinese cities to travel to Taiwan, Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) said yesterday. Aside from suspending visits by independent travelers, media reports said […]

Current Affairs Taiwan (CAT) 台灣時事 08.04.2019 Pilot 11

Hosts Courtney Donovan Smith (石東文) and Michael Turton (麥哲恩) take on a huge news week! Ko Wen-je announces he’s launching a new political party, and wants Terry Gou to be president. Terry Gou returns from Japan and secretly meets with Wang Jin-pyng. Speculation is rife, so we speculate! Dan Han the Cabbage Man is ripped […]

KM: Xi Jinping Stokes Fear With Travel Ban to Taiwan

On July 31, the Chinese government announced it was suspending issuing individual travel permits to the residents of 47 cities previously allowed to travel to Taiwan. Tour groups and business travelers will still be allowed. This measure, the latest in a series of increasingly hostile gestures towards Taiwan, was executed abruptly, taking effect the very […]

ICRT Radio: A ban on independent Chinese travelers

Gavin Phipps hosts Michael Turton and Courtney Donovan Smith on Taiwan This Week. We talk a ban on some Chinese tourists, the latest election news, a new political party, a call for an end to the KMT’s use of the the term “1992 consensus” and more.

Taipei Times: Cabinet eyeing NT$6.8bn for tourism

The Executive Yuan has projected that an estimated NT$6.8 billion (US$216.73 million) would be spent next year on promoting tourism to Taiwan in countries covered by the New Southbound Policy, a source said on Friday. Part of the budget would include an estimated NT$600 million for advertising on public transportation in the 18 countries targeted […]

The Diplomat: Taiwan Slams China’s Decision to Freeze Individual Travel to Taiwan

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen has expressed her disappointment in the Chinese government’s decision to suspend a program allowing individual tourists from 47 cities to visit Taiwan. The program, launched in 2011 to residents of Beijing, Shanghai, and Xiamen, and later expanded, was suspended starting Thursday. Business travelers and organized tour groups will still be allowed […]

CCP Organ: Taiwan travel industry in doom and gloom at losing mainland tourists

“”Tourist numbers will continue decreasing and local Taiwan GDP could drop 0.2-0.3 percentage points because of the reduced mainland tourists,” said the insider. “Not only travel agencies will struggle, but also related industries such as airlines, catering services and the lodging industry.” “Customers are angry about DPP leader Tsai Ing-wen’s purchase of US arms using […]

Taipei Times: Government was ready for China’s travel ban: Tsai

“Tsai said that she months ago ordered her administration to prepare for such a move by Beijing before the election, and thanked officials for immediately launching plans to boost domestic tourism. To diminish the tourism industry’s reliance on Chinese visitors, the government has introduced many policies to attract tourists from other countries, she said, adding […]

Taipei Times: Cabinet ready to subsidize local tourism: minister

The Executive Yuan is ready to budget NT$3.6 billion (US$115.8 million) to subsidize domestic travelers in the fall and winter in response to China’s suspension of its individual travelers program to Taiwan, Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) said yesterday. The subsidies would apply to group travelers and individuals going on domestic tours, […]