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Energy price hikes to be felt in tourism sector

TAIPEI -- The travel industry complained yesterday that the government's recent decision to raise fuel prices and electricity rates will have a negative impact on the industry due to increased operational costs.

Yao Ta-kuang, chairman of the Taiwan Travel Agent Association, said the price hikes will be especially felt by tour bus and hotel businesses because they rely heavily on energy.

“We expect the tourism industry to react to the situation quickly,” Yao said, adding that significant surges in the cost of travel deals are likely in the next quarter.

For instance, he said, the daily rental fee for a tour bus could increase by as much as NT$1,000 (US$34), while an average rise of NT$1,000 is expected in hotel room rates.

Meanwhile, fees for inbound travel groups could go up by 5 percent, Yao predicted.

Yao's point of view was shared by a member of the Hotel Association of the R.O.C., who complained that the government's decision will put the nation's tourism development at risk.

April 24, 2012    Carl.cklin@
Energy price also hikes every sector in business and people's life. Employees in a private company or organization are facing the income shortage which still stayed on the standard of salary 20 years ago. People have to find another way for higher living cost from now. Life is getting harder and harder!
April 25, 2012    elumpen@
An NT$50 increase in hotel room energy charges causes a NT$1000 price hike? Can anyone say "profiteering"?

In any case, energy prices have nothing at all to do with the government. Governments that subsidize wasteful and lazy behaviour are just storing up pain for the future, as people are now starting to find out.
April 25, 2012    gandalf2000@
@elumpen: You are totally right. Governments should not anymore subsidize Taiwan people's waste of resources and energy. I'm afraid the energy hikes are still not enough. It is still chilly inside most shopping malls so that people need to wear jackets, and cars trucks and buses are still idling on the road side with engines running.
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