DestinationsThe Taiwanese government is giving NT$5,000 travel vouchers to tourists from 1 May.

Taiwan launches lucky draw to boost tourism

Taiwan is offering foreign visitors the chance to win shopping vouchers.
Taiwan is offering foreign visitors the chance to win shopping vouchers. Photo Credit: Adobe Stock/Richie Chan

Taiwan has announced an incentive scheme aimed at boosting tourism that is expected to begin in May where foreign visitors stand the chance of winning NT$5,000 (US$163) shopping vouchers. This will be done through a lucky draw which travellers will be eligible to participate in if they sign up before arriving in Taiwan.

The lucky draw is part of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications' plan to revive the local tourism and hospitality sectors. Only foreign tourists arriving at Taiwan's four international airports will be eligible for the scheme. The eligible airports are Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, Taipei Songshan Airport, Taichung International Airport, and Kaohsiung International Airport.

Group tourists and travellers arriving in Taiwan on cruise ships will not be eligible for the incentives offered through this scheme. However, the ministry has plans to offer subsidies to local and foreign tour agencies that organise or receive tour groups that spend at least two nights in Taiwan, depending on the number of tourists in a group and the days they stay.

The ministry is also offering incentives to local hotels and private accommodation providers that hire new employees to help deal with the shortage of staff. These businesses could receive NT$5,000 (US$163) per month for each new employee hired if they pay the newly hired staff member a minimum monthly salary. The minimum salary for hotels and homestays is set at NT$33,000 (US$1076) in certain areas and NT$31,000 (US$1011) in others. These subsidies will apply to new employees hired after the relevant regulations take effect in May.

The incentive scheme and subsidies are part of the government's NT$380 billion (US$12 billion) post-pandemic economic recovery package approved by lawmakers on 24 March. The government hopes that these measures will help to revive the local tourism and hospitality sectors and create jobs in the process.

The Taiwanese government is also urging travellers to continue to follow health protocols and guidelines to keep themselves and others safe.

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