TAIPEI, Taiwan - The Tourism Bureau is working with Kaohsiung City and Penghu County to roll out special travel packages in an effort to promote tourism after two catastrophic accidents that occurred in those areas.
After the gas explosions in Kaohsiung City and an airline accident on Penghu Island, the local tourism industry and economy have suffered.
In August, Premier Jiang Yi-huah summoned local government officials for a meeting, while instructing the Tourism Bureau, Ministry of Transportation and Communications, to introduce travel packages that aim to attract more visitors to Kaohsiung and Penghu.
With the Executive Yuan's endorsement, the Penghu County Government has rolled out several travel deals, including a "buy one get one free" package for those riding on the Taiwan Tour Bus in Penghu, shopping vouchers worth NT$500 (S$20.86) for those who keep their air or boat tickets, cash rewards between NT$50,000 and NT$300,000 for 20-plus person tourism groups that stay in Penghu for three days and two nights.
The Kaohsiung City Government also introduced travel deals, including a "buy three get one free" programme for those riding the Taiwan Tour Bus in the city, special discounts in more than a hundred local stores, and a discounted E-DA Theme Park fare (NT$520) for students who enter the park in the afternoon.