Tourism Bureau promotes long layovers
Taiwan has long offered free half-day tour packages to travelers with long layovers while transiting through the country to help them kill time, but the service remains little known to both local residents and overseas visitors.
The service, launched in 2004, is available to passengers with seven to 24-hour layovers at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport before their next connecting flight.
The only catch is that travelers must have a valid Taiwan visa or come from countries given visa-free entry into Taiwan to be eligible for the tours, according to the Tourism Bureau.
Despite being a fixture at the airport for 11 years, the tour service, which includes free transportation and a tour guide, is not widely known.
“There’s plenty of room for usage to increase,” a Tourism Bureau official in charge of the half-day tours told CNA on Monday.
Tourism Bureau Deputy DirectorGeneral Wayne Liu said Taiwan is a transit stop for many people traveling from the west coast of the United States to Southeast Asia, and his agency hopes to leave travelers with a good image of Taiwan through the half-day tours.
Once the MRT line connecting Taoyuan International Airport and Taipei is put into service by the end of this year, travelers wanting a shorter outing will have even more convenient access to attractions in Taiwan’s capital city, about a 40-minute drive from the airport, Liu said.