Taiwan to extend halt on all tours to China until end of February
Taipei, Jan. 30 (CNA) The suspension of all tours to China imposed on Taiwanese travel agencies will be further extended until the end of February as cases of the novel coronavirus continue to increase, the Tourism Bureau said Thursday.
The decision was made after a meeting between tour operators and local officials, including Transportation Minister Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍), Tourism Bureau Director-General Chou Yung-hui (周永暉) and Chen Wen-ruey (陳文瑞), who heads the transportation ministry’s Department of Railways and Highways.
In a release, the bureau said the meeting was mainly about better understanding the current situation faced by travel agencies impacted by the suspension, and to discuss plans to boost the country’s tourism industry.
On Jan. 24, the Tourism Bureau issued a notice to tour operators ordering the suspension of all tours to China, to take effect the following day and last until Jan. 31.
On Thursday, the bureau said the decision to extend the tour suspension until Feb. 29 also applies to tours that include a transit stop in China.