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Gov't mulls holiday quota for tourists from mainland

TAIPEI--The government will work toward imposing quota controls to manage the influx of Chinese tourists during certain holiday seasons, as part of its efforts to reduce tour bus accidents, Transportation Minister Mao Chi-kuo said yesterday.

China's weeklong Labor Day holiday in May and National Day holiday in October are the two peak periods for Chinese nationals to visit Taiwan, Mao said in a report to the Cabinet.

A huge influx of Chinese tourists can affect traffic safety and disrupt Taiwan's overall travel market because it intensifies competition in the travel industry, he said.

Tour bus owner-operators are especially notorious for engaging in price competition, the minister said.

According to the Transportation Ministry report, 70 to 80 percent of tour bus accidents in Taiwan are caused by human error and it is therefore important to ensure that bus drivers are not overworked.

Premier Sean Chen said there are currently more than 900 tour bus operators with 14,382 licensed buses in Taiwan.

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