Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) — With airline ticket prices soaring, many tourist destinations are doing their best to encourage people to visit and boost their economy.
For example, Taiwan plans to offer $165 to all of its visitors. It will also give cash rewards to tourist groups for encouraging them to visit the island.
Taiwanese Prime Minister Chen Xianjin announced on Thursday that the government aims to attract 6 million tourists in 2023, doubling the number in 2024, and targeting 10 million visitors by 2025.
5 thousand Taiwan dollars, or 165 US dollars, will be provided to 500 thousand tourists. Amounts of up to NT$20,000 (658 US dollars) will also be given to 90,000 tour groups.
Transportation Minister Wang Kuocai said Wednesday that the cash will be delivered digitally. Tourists will be able to use it to cover their expenses in Taiwan, including accommodation costs.
He added that the measures aim to attract more visitors from major markets, including Japan, South Korea, Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Macao, as well as Europe and America.
In 2022, fewer than 900,000 visitors visited Taiwan, according to statistics from the Taiwan Tourism Bureau. Visitors from Vietnam, Indonesia, Japan and the United States were among the largest groups.
These numbers are only a fraction of those recorded during 2019, when Taiwan attracted 11.8 million international tourists.
The island reportedly lifted strict Covid restrictions in October 2022, after one of the world’s longest border closures.
The government has not yet announced when it will start the scheme or how to apply for the money.
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