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Task force inspects tourism facilities, services in Alishan

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

A central government task force inspected tourism facilities in the Alishan (阿里山) area yesterday as part of its efforts to improve facilities and services ahead of the expected influx of Chinese tourists from next month.

The task force, composed of officials from the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Department of Health, chose Alishan as their first stop because the resort is a must-see for most tourists.

GUIDELINES

The group, led by Chang Hsi-tsung (張錫聰), a section chief at the Tourism Bureau, inspected accommodation facilities, food quality and service, traffic safety and tourism-related shops in the Alishan area to make sure they meet government guidelines.

Group members were accompanied by officials and Chiayi County police officers.

Speaking at a news conference at the headquarters of the Chiayi County Government, Chang urged local businesses to make providing quality service a top priority and not to engage in dishonest practices.

PUNISHMENT

Chang said the government would punish businesses caught breaking laws and regulations.

As more Chinese tourists are likely to visit from next month, the tourism sector must effectively upgrade its service quality to protect the nation’s image and help to continue to attract tourists, Chang said.

The government is aiming to allow up to 3,000 Chinese tourists to visit each day from July 4, up from the current daily level of 1,000.

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