Travel Agencies Offer Bargains as Borders Open 禁團令將解除 秋季旅展業者推優惠搶商機

The Fall Travel Expo kicked off on Sept. 30, and was filled with eager travelers looking for bargains on the first day.

“Hokkaido for less than NT$22,000! We've slashed prices! ”Taiwan is finally lifting the inbound quarantine mandate. Many travel agencies are anticipating a surge in demand for foreign travel from people confined to Taiwan for over 900 days. They are offering early bird packages with preferential prices, hoping to get business.

Resident: “I'm looking at South Korea, I'll consider anything that's all inclusive and priced at NT$50,000 and under.”

Resident: “I spent about NT$80,000 before when I went to Australia, and that trip wasn't a shopping tour. Right now the tours are about NT$80,000.”

Travel agents say tours are currently 10 to 20 percent higher compared to pre-pandemic prices due to the limited number of flights and inflation.

Chen I-chen, Deputy Business Manager, Sunshine Int'l Travel: “(A tour to Hokkaido) may be 10 to 20 percent more expensive, or cost about NT$8,000 to NT$10,000 more (compared to the pre-pandemic period). There are discounts for the first wave (early birds), a five-day trip to Hokkaido only costs NT$21,900.”

Chou Shun-yu, General Manager, Traveler Travel Service Co.: “The costs of (tours to) Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, and Australia have increased by 10 to 20 percent. ”

In the past, Japan was the most popular destination, followed by China, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Vietnam. The ban on tour groups will be lifted, but will not apply to China, Hong Kong, or Macau. Travel agents expect a 30 percent decline in business as a result.

Shu Chun-jung, Manager, Ezfly International Travel Agent Co.: “I don't think these three places (China, Hong Kong, and Macau) will be opened to travel in the next half year. Our business will be down by about 30 percent without these orders.”

Travel agents say they haven't received any guidelines from the government about preventing disease during overseas travel. However, Japan and South Korea both have regulations for inbound tour groups. For example, travelers need to take out local disease prevention insurance. The cost of tours to Japan includes NT$1,000 for this insurance, and people are insured for up to 10 million yen. It also covers isolation and treatment costs in Japan.













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