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Overseas tour fees expected to soar this summer: TQAA

By Ted Yang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Tour fees are expected to soar across the board this summer with tours to the US and Canada seeing the largest jump in prices, the latest data by the Travel Quality Assurance Association (TQAA, 旅行業品保協會) showed yesterday.

Between July and September, tour fees for groups heading to the US and Canada will increase by between NT$10,000 and NT$30,000 compared with the same period last year, mostly on rising airfares and greater demand, the association said.

“With outbound travel seeing substantial growth due to robust economic recovery, group airfares will likely rise around 20 percent on average from a year earlier in the third quarter,” Jones Chen (陳屬庄), a director at TQAA, said by telephone.

In particular, airfares to the US and Canada this summer are expected to rise 25 percent year-on-year, while those for Europe, Japan and Southeast Asia would see an increase of 20 percent, Chen said.

The association expects the number of people traveling abroad this summer to grow by 15 percent compared with the same period last year, adding that tensions between the two Koreans will not impact local outbound travel.

TQAA data showed that tour fees for Australia would rise by between NT$2,000 and NT$10,000 in the third quarter, while those for Europe are likely to see an increase of between NT$5,000 and NT$8,000.

Although tour fees are set to soar, the TQAA said that it expects the quality of service to improve, as past experience has shown that cutthroat price competition often resulted in poor service quality.

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