Luxury Hotels Criticized for Raising Buffet Prices 才發國旅券要振興市場 業者卻紛紛漲價?

Many high-end hotels raised buffet prices in November, leading to criticism from lawmakers. The Tourism Bureau says it is trying to convince hotels to put a hold on price hikes at least until Chinese New Year.


A five-star hotel in the Xinyi District recently announced it was raising its Friday afternoon tea and dinner buffet prices to, respectively, NT$1,290 and NT$1,890 per person. Many high-end Taipei hotels are doing the same. Lawmakers say these hotels' price increases are unreasonable, especially since the Tourism Bureau just issued 2.4 million domestic travel vouchers.

Lin Chun-hsien, Legislator (DPP): “Are you aware that afternoon tea prices have gone up 63 percent at the five-star hotel next door? It's ridiculous. Is some moral persuasion needed on your side? ”

Wang Kwo-tsai, Transportation and Communications Minister:“Everyone should raise prices gradually, and refrain from raising prices before the new year. What about after the new year? We've only had discussions with them (for before the new year). ”

Lin Chun-hsien, Legislator (DPP): “I also know that, especially with the domestic tourism market picking up -- we hope that people won't end up with a bad impression because of that. You printed 2.4 million domestic travel vouchers. Are they going to make any difference at this point? ”

The Tourism Bureau says it is holding discussions with hotels and hopes hotels can take one for the team to help the domestic tourism market recover and refrain from raising prices at least until after Chinese New Year.

Chang Shi-chung, Director-General, Tourism Bureau: “Price fixing is not allowed. Price fixing is illegal under the Fair Trade Act. We don't need to interfere further with (businesses) that have already raised prices and sold meal vouchers. However, some of those that haven't raised prices yet, including some that are planning to raise prices, have already indicated that they are willing to accommodate government policies.”

One online tourism website says domestic travel demand has gone up recently and it is trying to cash in by offering special deals.

Lin Min-hsun, KKday Manager: “The domestic tourism market has rebounded in the last two to three months. Revenues hit pre-pandemic levels in mid-May, with hotels performing the best.”

One Taipei hotel says Taipei and New Taipei hotels depended on foreign guests in the past, and higher room rates in central, southern, and eastern Taiwan are a reflection of soaring domestic demand. In contrast, Greater Taipei hotels have occupancy rates of less than 50 percent on weekdays and depend on special deals to fill rooms on weekends.
 

 

 

 

信義區五星級飯店業者在官方網站貼出公告,自11月起調整自助餐廳價格,其中,週五下午茶價格來到一客1,290元、晚餐1,890元。面對原物料上漲壓力,北市多家星級飯店,調漲餐飲價格,被立委質疑,觀光局才廣發240萬張國旅券,要來協助業者振興,但業者紛紛醞釀漲價不合理。

民進黨立委林俊憲質詢表示:「下午茶漲了63%,你知道吧,隔壁這家五星級的飯店,嚇死人,不能道德勸說吧?」

交通部長王國材回應:「大家慢點漲,過年前不要漲,那過年後呢,現在先跟他們談到這裡。」

林俊憲再問:「談到這裡,我也知道,尤其現在國旅正在起步,我們是希望說,不要因此造成不好的印象,你國旅券就印了240萬張,更助長漲風。」

觀光局證實,日前找飯店業者來協調,希望國旅剛復甦,業者可以共體時艱,至少在農曆春節前,可以暫時緩漲。

觀光局長張錫聰表示:「不能聯合漲價,聯合漲價是違反公平交易法,有一些已經漲價而且賣了餐券的,這個就不需要再干擾,但是還沒有漲價,有些打算漲價的業者,有部分都表示願意配合政策。」

專門販售旅遊票券的電商平台,也觀察到國內近期這一波國旅熱潮,國人對旅遊住宿需求大增,因此也趁勢推出促銷活動,搶攻這一波國旅熱。

KKday經理林岷勳說:「最近2、3個月我們整體國旅市場,各大主題的業績已經都回升到5月中本土疫情爆發前的水準,那其中表現最為亮眼的就是飯店住宿。」

至於都會區和觀光區的房價則是兩樣情,有北市飯店業者表示,過去雙北都是靠國外觀光客來撐起住宿率,現在儘管國旅回溫,中南部和花東訂房爆滿,價格因需求上揚,反觀雙北平日訂房率不到5成,假日要靠促銷活動,都會區業者說也沒有漲價本錢。
 

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