Taiwan offers exclusive deals for Thai visitors
Bangkok, Aug. 17 (CNA) Taiwan's Tourism Bureau has come up with a series of discounts and special offers for visitors from Thailand as part of a tourism promotion effort.
The specials include a limited "buy-four-get-one-free" ticket sale by Taiwan's two largest air carriers, China Airlines (CAL) and EVA Airways, the Tourism Bureau said Wednesday.
The offer, exclusively for Thai nationals, specifies that the tickets must be purchased in the period Sept. 1-14 for round-trip flights between Thailand and Taiwan and will be valid until Nov. 30.
The first 1,000 buyers will also each be eligible to lease a mobile wifi hotspot device for five days free of cost and will be given four EasyCards with complimentary credit of NT$50, according to the tourism bureau.
The EasyCard is used for payment in the IC ticketing system in the Taipei Metro, in designated car parks, stores and government agencies and for city bus services. It can also now be used in the Kaohsiung Metro system in southern Taiwan.
Apart from CAL and EVA Air, budget airlines Tigerair Taiwan and NokScoot are also offering special deals for Thai travelers to Taiwan.
Passengers must purchase the discounted tickets between Aug. 22 and 28 for travel before Oct. 29, the tourism bureau said.
Thai passengers who take advantage of the special deals offered by the two budget carriers will be given a free luggage allowance of up to 20 kg on the return flight to Thailand, the bureau said.
It said six cities in Taiwan have joined the special promotion and are offering Thai visitors a limited number of free Taiwan Passes -- electronic tickets loaded with tourism deals and issued by Taiwan's local governments.
The deals include discounts on various types of ground transportation at specific times and to certain destinations and free passes to some tourist sites.
The Tourism Bureau and the six participating local governments -- Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan, Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung -- are scheduled to launch the special promotions in Bangkok on Aug. 19. (Courtesy of CNA)