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Japanese flock to free Taiwan-tour deal


More than 130,000 Japanese citizens answered an advertisement by the Taiwan Visitors Association (台灣觀光協會, TVA) to compete for 500 two-person sets of free tourism packages to Taiwan.

The TVA advertisement, placed in major newspapers around Japan on July 23, offers 500 Taiwan tour packages, allowing 1,000 Japanese citizens to travel to Taiwan for a two-night, three-day tour between Sept. 1 and Sept. 10 for free.

The packages, featuring free round-trip air tickets, accomodation and food, is part of the TVA's efforts to rejuvenate tourism, which has been battered by the SARS outbreak between March and June.

The drawing will be held in Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo over three days beginning Aug. 6 to select the 500 winners from among a mountain of post cards sent in by over 130,000 Japanese people, said officials from the TVA Tokyo Office.

Su Cheng-tian (蘇成田), director-general of Taiwan's Tourism Bureau under the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, is scheduled to arrive in Japan before Aug. 6 to officiate at the drawing.

The names of the winners will be made public by Aug. 15, TVA officials said.

The 1,000 potential visitors will be scheduled to depart Japan for Taiwan from any of six Japanese airports, including Sapporo, Narita, Nagoya, Kansei, Fukuoka and Okinawa airports.

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