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Taiwan maintains ban on group tours to China

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Release time:2024/05/29 17:53
Last update time:2024/05/30 14:51
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Taiwan maintains ban on group tours to China (TVBS News archive) Taiwan maintains ban on group tours to China
Taiwan maintains ban on group tours to China (TVBS News archive)

TAIPEI (TVBS News) — The ban on group tours to China for Taiwanese citizens will remain unchanged, Travel Agents Association (TAA) chairman Hsiao Po-jen (蕭博仁) revealed on Wednesday (May 29).

Earlier the same day, Minister of Transportation and Communications Lee Men-yen (李孟諺) and industry representatives convened to discuss the future of cross-strait travel amidst calls for easing restrictions.

 

Ongoing Ban on Group Tours
Despite the anticipation of some policy relaxation, Hsiao revealed that while groups organized before January can still proceed, the ban on new group tours to China will persist. Approximately 1,000 groups, totaling over 20,000 travelers, are expected to visit China post-June.

Hsiao strongly opposed the continuation of the ban, labeling it "unreasonable, irrational, and illegal." He urged Minister Lee to engage in discussions with other government departments to reconsider the policy. Hsiao's criticism highlights the tension between the desire for open travel and the government's cautious stance on cross-strait relations.


 
Calls for Policy Reevaluation
Minister Lee has previously stated that reopening group tours to China would be based on the principle of reciprocity in cross-strait group travel. This suggests that any decision to lift the ban would require careful negotiation and mutual agreement between Taiwan and China, ensuring that both sides benefit equally from the resumption of travel.

As stakeholders continue to push for a reevaluation of the travel ban, the government's approach remains focused on balancing diplomatic relations with the economic interests of the travel industry. The ongoing dialogue between the Ministry of Transportation and Communications and travel industry representatives signifies a critical juncture in the future of cross-strait tourism, with many hoping for a resolution that supports national security and economic growth.

 

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