Taipei Times: Cabinet ready to subsidize local tourism: minister

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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, he said on Facebook, adding that further details would be announced soon.

“Facing suppression from China, the government will not leave tourism operators hung out to dry,” Lin said.

Politics should have no place in the tourism industry, he said, adding that any oppressive move by Beijing would only serve to unite Taiwanese.

“Apparently, China is attempting to hold the tourism industry hostage by exerting its control over individual visitors and in turn interfere in Taiwan’s elections,” Lin said.

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