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[Cross-strait Express Review No. 524]
Recently, at the countdown to the 2020 "election" in Taiwan, the Taiwan "Ministry of Communications and Tourism Administration" announced in high profile that it would exceed 11.11 million tourists in Taiwan in 2019 in order to support and support the DPP Tsai Ing-Pin elections. It has broken ten million people for 5 consecutive years. However, in my analysis, Tsai Yingwen ’s administration of tourism is very costly and has very poor results. It mainly has the following performances:
Blown water with digital water
In order to show his "competence" in tourism, the Tsai authorities counted all foreigners who landed in Taiwan in the data of tourists who came to Taiwan, intentionally "injecting water" to deceive the people. Lin Funan, the general convener of the "South Taiwan Tourism Industry Alliance," stated in December 2018 that there are problems with the Cai government's statistical method for 10 million tourists, and it is likely that there is no subdivision of the categories, and all inbound tourists are included in the calculation. "Calculated in this way, business inspectors, visiting groups, migrant workers, and even transit passengers will be included in the list of tourists visiting Taiwan.
Crazy money to buy false hilarity
In November 2018, the Tsai authorities launched the “Forward Eastward, High-screen Warm Winter Tour”, and the “Warm Winter Tour Plan” that will be extended to Taiwan in 2019 to subsidize the island ’s citizens for tourist accommodation. Taiwan ’s “Executive Yuan” in September 2019 also passed the People ’s Tourism Incentive Program to provide 11 types of preferential subsidies to Taiwanese people who travel freely on the island. For example, the Taiwan ’s “Ministry of Economy” subsidized 200 yuan per room for free travellers (TWD, the same below) ) The vouchers are accepted at the night market. The “Hakka Committee” provides 600 yuan gift vouchers for tourists to spend in 70 Hakka cultural development zones. The Taiwan authorities have launched an island tourism subsidy program, which has so far invested more than 5 billion yuan. The industry owner Wang surly said that taking taxpayer's money to subsidize the tourism industry was equivalent to digging money from the left pocket to the right pocket, and Taiwan still did not increase tourism revenue. The important thing is not subsidies, but to open up the market.
The Tsai authorities not only slammed money on tourists on the island without hesitation, but also generously dropped money on overseas tourists. According to Taiwan ’s “China Times”, Taiwan ’s “Ministry of Transportation” proposed an increase in charter subsidies in August 2019. In order to encourage passengers from Japan and South Korea ’s second- and third-tier cities to charter flights to Taiwan, it is proposed to increase the charter bonus by 10%; for one-way flight time For remote charter flights of more than 6 hours and a stay of 6 days and 5 nights, each person is rewarded with USD 100-200. In order to attract tourists to south-central Taiwan, a free high-speed rail discount for the second person is offered. According to Taiwan's United Daily News, the Taiwan authorities will spend 3.6 billion yuan in subsidies for this purpose, hoping that the reduced land passengers will be compensated by ten major markets including Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Macao and the "New Southbound".
Recently, Li Jianrong, a senior media person in Taiwan and former Chairman of the Grand Hotel, published an article in the "China Times Newsletter" stating that the Cai Administration "Ministry of Communications Tourism Bureau" has promoted overseas incentive tourism to Taiwan for three consecutive years, including Japan and South Korea. , Russia and Southeast Asian countries are included in the scope of application. The subsidy items include charter awards: in Japan, it ranges from 1.5 million yen to 850,000 yuan, and in South Korea, it ranges from 9.5 million yuan to 5 million yuan. And in September 2019, the subsidy for charter flights was eased again from 70% to 50%, with a maximum subsidy of 30,000 US dollars per ride, and each passenger with a different level of passengers can receive a subsidy of US $ 160 to US $ 100. In particular, people from Japan, South Korea, and even Hong Kong, whose income is much higher than Taiwan ’s, come to Taiwan for tourism, and the Taiwan authorities have to subsidize the money. For the poor people in Taiwan who cannot arrange tourism, it is undoubtedly creating a sense of relative deprivation.
Low yield in vain
Although the Tsai authorities boasted that the number of tourist arrivals exceeded 10 million for five consecutive years, mainly due to the significant increase in the number of tourists coming to Taiwan from "new southbound" countries, the spending power of tourists from Southeast Asian countries in Taiwan was much weaker than that of land tourists, making Taiwan's Sightseeing revenue has not increased correspondingly with the increase of tourists, and even the revenue has decreased.
An official from Taiwan's "Tourism Bureau" pointed out that although Taiwan tourists had more visitors in 2018 than in 2015, their income dropped sharply by more than 80 billion yuan. The main reason for this is that the number of Luke tourists going to Taiwan has been declining, and the consumption level of Luke tourists is the highest among tourists. Lai Ching-hyun, chairman of the Taiwan Business Association and chairman of the Tourist Hotel Association, said that despite the large increase in the number of visitors from Southeast Asia to Taiwan, it still cannot make up for the lack of spending power of land customers. If you deduct the billions of dollars in tourism subsidies that the Cai authorities have thrown out, Taiwan ’s tourism revenue is even worse.
Block land and passenger restrictions and reduce cross-strait exchanges
After the Tsai authorities came to power, they refused to recognize the "1992 Consensus" and promoted the "Taiwan independence" split line of "De-Sinification", artificially creating the so-called "natural independence"; implementing the "reliance on the United States and resisting land" strategy and acting as the United States to promote "India" "Strategies" to block the mainland ’s chips and pawns; denigrate the mainland ’s Taiwan ’s policy of benefiting Taiwan and weaken the mainland ’s efforts to win the hearts of the people of Taiwan; Require Luke to issue financial proof and even interview Luke; and promote the amendments to the "Five Laws of the National Security" and the "Reverse Infiltration Law" to treat the mainland as an "enemy" and the people of the mainland as "enemy", provoking cross-strait confrontation It not only hurts Luke ’s national feelings, but also reduces Luke ’s willingness to go to Taiwan, thereby hindering Luke ’s travel to Taiwan and reducing the number of Lugo ’s visitors to Taiwan. This has caused Taiwan ’s tourism industry to be cold and cold, and the operators have suffered a lot of losses. , And some even choose to die.
Making a profit for the election
In the name of spelling tourism, Cai Yingwen has been intensively cooperating with various influencers since the beginning of 2019, using influencers as an election weapon. She recently launched a "coming and staying at Cai Yingwen's office for one night" event called "Putting Tourism", which is really "marketing herself", disguised as an election campaign, and won more votes for young people. Even Zhang Junyu, a spokesman for the "Sole Island Alliance" of the "independent" group, criticized on December 16 that the event was nominally based on the high attention and proliferation of well-known online celebrities to market Taiwan and revitalize tourism, but the funding came from people's taxes. She criticized Tsai Ing-wen for taking advantage of the popularity of the influencer to bless her aura, and Taiwan tourism became an added value.
Many netizens also said that as a leader, they should return to their political achievements. Although cooperating with net reds can increase the volume of the Internet, they must rely on net reds to raise votes. "This behavior may be too frivolous and too casual." (Netizen in Taiwan, China: Zhang Liangzhang)
(This article is submitted by netizens and does not represent the views of China Taiwan Net.)
[Responsible editor: Li Jie]