Gov't urged to take measures to boost tourism
CNATAIPEI -- The government should explore and publicize quality tourist sites and enhance the traffic network in suburban scenic areas to diversify Taiwan's growing tourism industry, a local think tank executive recommended.
February 7, 2013, 11:27 am TWN
Tu Jenn-hwa, director of the Commerce Development Research Institute's Department of Business Development and Policy, said there are many lesser known spots, such as the National Museum of Taiwan History in Tainan, that are worth developing as major tourist sites.
Making these sites more accessible and publicizing them could expand the travel options open to domestic and foreign tourists and also draw people away from well-known attractions and scenic areas in Taiwan that are often overcrowded, Tu said at a press briefing.
To get people to more obscure destinations, however, will require investing in the necessary infrastructure, Tu said.
“Building up a comprehensive traffic network is a must” because those areas are located in suburban areas and are usually not easy to reach, he said.
There should also be a system to rate guesthouses, which have become a popular form of accommodation for people traveling around Taiwan, Tu said.
He suggested that the government play the role of a clearinghouse for travel information by setting up an integrated platform that previews upcoming activities and details real-time traffic conditions nationwide.
Taiwan welcomed a record-breaking 7.31 million foreign visitors in 2012, about 20-percent more than in 2011, according to government statistics.