DestinationsTourism bureau to crack down on unlicensed rentals.

Taiwan to promote safe and premium accommodations

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Some of the 500 tour operators in Taiwan who pledged their support for the Taiwan Tourism Bureau’s crackdown on unlicensed rentals.
Some of the 500 tour operators in Taiwan who pledged their support for the Taiwan Tourism Bureau’s crackdown on unlicensed rentals. Photo Credit: Photo credit:

The bureau said the government would conduct stringent inspections on property owners of unlicensed rentals.

The Taiwan Tourism Bureau is cracking down on unlicensed rentals in an effort to provide safe and premium accommodation for international tourists.

The bureau said the government would conduct stringent inspections on property owners of unlicensed rentals.

More than 500 tour operators from around the island pledged support for the initiative seen to control unlicensed rentals that have a huge impact on Taiwan’s travel and safety image.

High-quality travel service providers in Taiwan, including EZ Travel, Colatour, Star Travel, Easy Fly, and Lion Travel, led the roster of industry supporters.

Foreign OTAs likewise pledged their support to the effort, while Booking.com and Agoda vowed to fight unlicensed rentals when they receive violation reports.

Data from AirDNA, an international data analysis website, showed that the primary consumer groups of backpackers and travellers renting short-term housing were young people aged between 21 and 30 who relatively lack comprehensive safety considerations, the bureau said.

In recent years, Taiwan’s tourism office has continued to promote the concept of legal accommodation. In addition to working with local governments in the implementation of fines, punishments and business closures, the bureau's Travel and Accommodation Department also said that the government has actively controlled the sales of unlicensed rentals from travel agencies.

The bureau has also imposed heavy taxes and hefty penalties on unlicensed sales of unlicensed rentals provided by overseas travel e-commerce companies.


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