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China-Taiwan new trade agreement liberalizes cross-strait travel market

TAIPEI, Taiwan - Taiwan could benefit from a service trade agreement signed with China Friday that liberalizes the cross-strait travel market by allowing Taiwanese and Chinese travel agencies to opera

Chinese individual tourism to Taiwan surges 237 percent

BEIJING, China - The number of Chinese mainlanders traveling to Taiwan as individual tourists from January to May totaled 166,000, an increase of 237.49 percent year on year, new data has showed.

Agoda.com offers hot deals for Taiwan Dragon Boat Festival

SINGAPORE – Agoda.com, Asia’s leading hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline Group (Nasdaq:PCLN), has assembled a list of hotels in Taipei that are offering special deals during th

Official: Modified starch fear can hurt Taiwan’s tourism

TAIPEI, Taiwan - Foreign visitor arrivals in Taiwan could be hurt by an ongoing scare over the use of banned industrial ingredients in edible modified starches, tourism industry representatives said W

Cebu Pacific cancels service to Taiwan

MANILA, Philippines - One of the Philippines' biggest airlines said Wednesday it had cancelled the planned launch of a new Taiwan route because of tensions over a Taiwanese fishermen being killed by t

Taiwan to sanction airline after incidents

TAIPEI, Taiwan - The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) yesterday said it would propose to the Ministry of Transportation and Communications that Far Eastern Air Transport be temporarily barred fr

Taiwan issues “red” travel alert against Philippines, refunds tourists

TAIPEI, Taiwan - The Tourism Bureau announced yesterday that tourists scheduled to go to the Philippines can receive full refunds after deducting a certain amount of regulated fees after the Executive

Expert: Taiwan does not need to ban Chinese tourists

TAIPEI, Taiwan - Taiwan does not need to ban Chinese tourists from visiting due to the H7N9 bird flu outbreak in China, as the World Trade Organization (WHO) has not recommended any travel restriction

No big damage expected after major earthquake in Taiwan

A strong earthquake has been felt throughout Taiwan. Most earthquake don't cause casualties or damage. So far no damages had been reported.

Surge in Taiwan-Japan tourism expected due to weaker yen

TAIPEI, Taiwan - Taipei-based carriers are optimistic about a surge in tourist travel by Taiwanese people to Japan due to a depreciating Japanese yen, despite the fallout from the sagging domestic eco

2013 Taiwan Travel Calendar released

TAIPEI, Taiwan - The 2013 Taiwan Travel Calendar, published by the Tourism Bureau, is a comprehensive guide to all 42 of Taiwan's best internationally renowned attractions, and includes a complete lis

Taiwan expects tourism revenue to hit $11.68 billion in 2012

TAIPEI, Taiwan - Foreign tourists are expected to have brought NT$340 billion (US$11.68 billion) into Taiwan as of the end of 2012, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications forecast Tuesday.

EVA Air to offer In-flight mobile and WiFi services

LONDON, England – A testament to its reputation for innovation and service, EVA Air has today announced plans to provide in-flight mobile and WiFi communications aboard its brand new Boeing 777-300E

Taiwan expects 7 millionth visitor before Christmas

TAIPEI, Taiwan - The Tourism Bureau yesterday announced that this year’s 7 millionth tourist would likely arrive in Taiwan in the middle of next month rather than at Christmas, as previously expecte

Number of tourists visiting Taiwan could exceed 10 million in 2016

TAIPEI, Taiwan - Pointing to the growth in the number of tourists visiting Taiwan over the past three years, President Ma Ying-jeou said yesterday that it is possible that the total number of tourists

First-ever Taiwan-Vietnam tourism conference will be held in Taipei

TAIPEI, Taiwan - The first-ever tourism conference between Taiwan and Vietnam will be held Wednesday in Taipei, with both sides aiming to develop travel exchanges and achieve sustainable growth in the

Taiwan hoping to capitalize on growing number of foreign tourists

TAIPEI, Taiwan - The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) is planning to convert selected tourist factories around Taiwan into destinations for foreign visitors, hoping to capitalize on the growing num

Taiwan opening tourism office in Shangjai

SHANGHAI, China - The soon-to-open Shanghai office of the Taiwan Strait Tourism Association (TSTA) has been designed to become "the place (in Shanghai) closest to Taiwan," with decorations associated

Number of Japanese tourists to Taiwan plummets

The number of Japanese visiting Taiwan fell unexpectedly in September, likely because of the ongoing territorial dispute between Taiwan and Japan over the Diaoyutai Islands, the Tourism Bureau said ye

Taiwan’s limitations on Chinese visitors curbing tourism growth

Taiwan will not replace Hong Kong as the favorite destination for Chinese tourists in the next few years unless it loosens quota restrictions and invests more in hardware and infrastructure, Bank of A

Hawaiian tourism office launches promotional campaign in Taiwan

The Hawaiian tourism office in Taiwan launched a promotional tour package on Wednesday in cooperation with local travel agencies to take advantage of a potential tourism boost from Taiwan’s inclusio

Visa waiver plan to boost Taiwanese tourism to US by 30...

TAIPEI, Taiwan - The number of Taiwanese visitors to the United States could surge by more than 30 percent after Taiwan is included in the U.S.

31 Chinese visitors injured in Taiwan tour bus crash

TAIPEI, Taiwan - A tour bus carrying 35 Chinese nationals from Beijing overturned in Hualien County yesterday afternoon, leaving three passengers seriously injured and 28 with minor injuries, rescuers

China-Japan island row may boost Taiwan tourism

TAIPEI, Taiwan - Taiwan's tourism industry may gain a slight boost from China's week-long national holiday in October, particularly in light of the territorial dispute between Japan and China over the

Taiwan expecting over 7 million foreign visitors in 2012

The Tourism Bureau estimated yesterday that the number of international tourists would set a record this year by exceeding 7 million.

Residents of four more Chinese cities allowed individual trips to Taiwan

BEIJING, China - Chen Wenjing's ambitious plan to go backpacking in Taiwan to see the island up close and personal is about to come true.

Taiwan sets a goal of attracting additional 3 million foreign visitors

TAIPEI, Taiwan - As part of the government’s strategy to boost the economy, Premier Sean Chen yesterday set a goal of attracting an additional 3 million foreign tourists within four years, particula

China and Taiwan discuss tourism, food safety issues

TAIPEI, Taiwan - Issues related to cross-Taiwan Strait tourism and food safety were discussed during the latest meeting held Thursday between the chief negotiators of the two sides, an official said.

ECPAT Taiwan and The Code support tourism companies in protecting children

Over 60 participants from the Taiwan tourism industry, especially hotels and tour operators, attended a special one-day workshop on child protection as part of responsible tourism.

Chinese visitors spending more in Taiwan

TAIPEI, Taiwan - A recent survey conducted by the Tourism Bureau shows that while Chinese tourists spend less on accommodation than they did three years ago, they are spending more on shopping and oth