Taipei, Sep 29 (CNA) Travel agencies and hoteliers in Taiwan predict that pent-up travel demand will soon boost their revenues as the country is set to reopen its borders to all inbound and outbound visitors traveling independently or in tour groups October 13.
The Cabinet announced on Thursday that it would allow entry to visitors from countries with which Taiwan did not have a visa waiver agreement on October 13 and would also end the quarantine requirement for visitors, in essentially lifting border controls, with a weekly cap on the number of incoming visitors set at 150,000.
Seeking to take advantage of reopened borders, Lion Travel Service Co. said in a statement on Thursday that it has rolled out tours to Japan, South Korea, Southeast Asia, North America and Europe. , in addition to free visa applications for customers going on discounted non-tour trips.
Lai Yi-ching (賴一青), spokesperson for Lion Travel Service, said Japan remained the most popular destination for tour groups and his company secured about 30,000 plane tickets on charter flights. by China Airlines (CAL) and TigerAir Taiwan to Japan.
Some popular upcoming attractions for Japan tours include skiing, hot springs and New Year’s events, she said, adding that many people have inquired about travel prices during the New Year holidays. Lunar in January next year.
Meanwhile, Phoenix Tours expects fourth-quarter tourism industry revenue to rebound to 50-60% of pre-COVID-19 levels.
Reviving the tourism industry would likely be a gradual process and take place over a period of six months to a year, he said in a statement.
Cola Tour said in its statement that more than 10,000 visitors have purchased tours since the rollout of discounts on September 22, when the Cabinet announced plans to reopen borders, the United States, Japan, South Korea , with Thailand and Singapore being the most popular destinations.
KKday, a company selling local travel packages and tickets to overseas tourist attractions, said in a statement that ticket sales involving overseas destinations increased by 80%, with Japan being the most popular destination. .
In addition, it has developed many local tours in anticipation of an increase in the number of arriving travelers, hoping to double the number of foreign visitors it serves in 2023, he said.
Silks Hotel Group said in a statement on Thursday that before the pandemic hit in early 2020, 85% of Regent Taipei’s revenue came from overseas visitors.
After the government closed the borders, the hotel had to introduce deals to attract local guests, but that only boosted revenue to 40-50% of pre-COVID-19 levels, said the group.
The reopening of Taiwan’s borders is expected to spur a gradual increase in the number of foreign guests to match that of local guests, as November and December are peak months for visitor arrivals to Taiwan, he said.
Hotel Fleur De Chine expressed similar views in a statement.
The Courtyard by Marriott Hotel said in a statement that lifting border controls would bring much-needed relief after a long drought, while touting its location in the same building as MRT Nangang High-Speed Rail Station. Nangang and Taiwan Railways. Administration (TRA) Nangang Station.
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