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Here’s a good reason to visit Taiwan in 2023: A NT$5,000, or S$220, incentive that the government announced that it will be handing out to international travellers.

500,000 eligible travellers

Some 500,000 lucky travellers will benefit from the NT$5.3 billion package that Taiwanese officials have set aside to boost tourism, Minister of Transportation and Communications Wang Kwo-tsai announced on Feb. 22, according to TVBS.

Taiwan hopes to draw in as many as six million foreign visitors annually since it lifted its borders.

As part of its strategy to speed up the recovery of its tourism sector, officials are giving NT$5,000, or S$220, to each international traveller.

Additionally, travel agencies can expect to receive NT$10,000 or NT$20,000 (S$440 to S$880) in subsidies for every tour group that they bring into Taiwan.

Part of NT$380 billion post-pandemic stimulus bill

However, further details of the initiative are scant at the time of writing.

According to Taipei Times, international travellers will be receiving the NT$5,000 in vouchers, while Taiwan News reported that the sum will be handed out in cash instead.

Quoting a statement from officials, taiwan-will-give-tourists-perks-worth-165-each-to-boost-economy”Bloomberg reported that the money may be handed out electronically or as discounts for accommodation.

There is also no information on how foreign visitors can qualify and be selected for the incentives.

The tourism package is part of Taiwan’s broader NT$380 billion post-pandemic stimulus bill, which was passed on Feb. 21, as reported by Taipei Times.

Officials are expected to release more details in the future.

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How Luxury Travel & Other Tourism Trends Changed Over the Pandemic

With travel restrictions becoming a thing of the past in the post-pandemic world, the desire for globetrotting has returned. In fact, since Oct 2022, The Travel Corporation (TTC) — the parent company of award-winning travel brands — has observed an increase in interest in luxury travel among travellers from Asia. 

Also read: Our Post-Pandemic Wish List: What We Want Travel to Look Like in the Next Few Years

Tourism trends in the post-pandemic world

With this renewed desire, comes the natural question: What kinds of new travel experiences are travellers looking out for? 

There has been a “growing demand in premium, luxury tours,” expressed Nick Lim, CEO (Asia) of TTC. “Many [travellers] have [indicated the desire for] exclusive and immersive travel, [with travellers hoping] to dive deeper into a city’s culture and history [and to] engage with its community.” 

1. Luxury travel is on the rise

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Put simply, travellers are willing to spend more. “According to a recent survey of 500 wealthy travellers in APAC — by the International Luxury Travel Market in conjunction with affluent research specialist Altiant — almost half of the surveyed plan to spend more on holidays [now] than [on] pre-COVID trips.” 

To prove this, TTC witnessed that more than 70% of its sales leads were for their premium tour brands: Insight Vacations and Trafalgar. When you book luxury tours with Insight Vacations, for instance, you’re guaranteed “true comfort and style with premium five- and four-star hotels.” Also, tour groups are “small [with] customised coaches [that have] extra leg room.” 

2. Experiential, immersive experiences

Chief among the luxury travel experiences offered by Insight Vacations and Trafalgar is experiential, immersive tourism. That is to say, with “people willing to spend more time and money, [their holiday naturally focuses] on transformative

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Qatar Air chief says home-working ‘epidemic’ fuels travel chaos

FARNBOROUGH, England (Reuters) – The head of Qatar Airways on Monday said an “epidemic” of home working has contributed to staff shortages that are being widely blamed for travel disruption in Europe this summer.

The aviation sector is struggling to secure staff needed to cope with a post-pandemic surge in air travel, prompting London’s Heathrow Airport to impose curbs on capacity to avoid delays, in a move that led to a public spat with Dubai’s Emirates.

Speaking to reporters at the Farnborough Airshow, Qatar Airways Chief Executive Akbar Al Baker declined to comment directly on Heathrow, where he is on the board of directors. The Qatar Investment Authority owns 20% of Britain’s busiest hub.

“We face the same problem in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany,” he said.

“So it is actually an epidemic in our industry. This all happened because people learned to get easy money from working out of their homes, and fewer people now want to come and do the jobs that they were doing,” Al Baker said.

“This has all brought a huge impact on airports, right across Europe, and of course Heathrow is is one of the larger hubs in Europe.”

Unions in Britain have accused airlines and airports of using the opportunity of the pandemic to cut jobs and pay. Airlines and airports meanwhile accuse each other of failing to prepare adequately for a post-pandemic surge in travel demand.

According to recent data, there are 400,000 fewer workers in Britain than at the start of the pandemic.

(Reporting by Tim Hepher; Editing by Toby Chopra)

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