Business tours to bring NT$50 billion in benefits


TAIPEI–The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) unveiled yesterday a plan to introduce 39 tour packages featuring unique business districts around Taiwan, which the ministry estimates could generate NT$50 billion (US$1.69 billion) a year in economic benefits.

The packages, to be launched in collaboration with the Tourism Bureau under the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, will also cover local events such as the April-May nature festival in Pingsi, New Taipei City, and an annual summer concert in Nanjhuang, Miaoli County, said Yeh Yun-lung, director-general of the ministry’s Department of Commerce.

“The packages will mark the largest-scale integration of domestic tourism resources,” Yeh said.

According to Tourism Bureau Director-General Janice Lai, with more than 10,000 Japanese nationals having canceled plans to visit Taiwan since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, the government is now trying to attract more visitors from Southeast Asia.