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Pinglin and Shuangsi’s low-carbon tourism on new path
坪林雙溪旅遊轉型 擬推低碳自由行

People visit New Taipei City’s Pinglin district on March 1.
遊客三月一日在新北市坪林區。

Photo: He Yu-hua, Liberty Times
照片:由時報記者何玉華

New Taipei City’s Pinglin and Shuangxi districts have been promoting low-carbon tourism for several years. This year they are working with travel agencies and mass transit operators in breaking with the group tour model and changing to individual tourism. Cheng Ta-wei, director of the city’s Environmental Protection Bureau’s Low Carbon Community Development Center, said there must be communication and discussions with district offices, and various packages established with local businesses, which will be available as early as May.

Promotion of low-carbon tourism began during 2008 in the Pinglin area. People must register ahead of time, and then on the day of travel meet in front of the New Taipei City government to take a mid-sized bus to Pinglin, switching upon arrival to a local golf cart or other low-carbon vehicles. Starting under the former Taipei County government and since it was upgraded to New Taipei City, between NT$6 million and NT$7 million has been set aside annually for the project.

Cheng also said that travel agencies are extremely willing to work with them, and the reaction is usually positive when it comes to companies that already had routes going to Pinglin such as the Sindian Bus Co. On the other hand, since low-carbon tourism has been operating in Pinglin for several years, there was already an established way of doing things. In order to change anything there must be discussions with district offices and businesses to come up with even more attractive tourist itineraries. The reaction in Shuangsi District has been quite positive, and “low-carbon tourism every day” can be expected some time in May.

(LIBERTY TIMES, TRANSLATED BY KYLE JEFFCOAT)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. travel agency n. phr.

旅行社 (lu3 xing2 she4)

例: The travel agency is offering discount tickets for travel to Bangladesh next month.

(旅行社提供下個月到孟加拉共和國旅行的特價機票。)

2. communication n.

溝通 (gou1 tong1)

例: Communication between the two firms has been rather rocky.

(兩間公司的溝通有些困難。)

3. route n.

路線 (lu4 xian4)

例: That stop isn’t on this bus route. You’ll have to switch buses at the next stop.

(那個站沒有在這班公車的路線上。你得在下一站轉乘公車。)


新北市坪林、雙溪推動低碳旅遊多年,今年擬與旅行社、大眾運輸業者合作,打破團體旅遊模式朝自由行轉型;環保局低碳社區發展中心主任程大維表示,還要跟公所溝通,研議與商家搭配做不同的套裝選擇,最快五月上路。

坪林區從民國二00八年開始推動低碳旅遊,參加的民眾須事先報名,活動當天在新北市政府集合後,搭乘中型巴士前往坪林,再轉乘使用當地的高爾夫球車等低碳運具,從前身台北縣政府到升格後的新北市政府,每年編列新台幣六、七百萬元。

程大維表示,旅行社配合意願高,加上類似新店客運等本來就有行駛坪林的路線,反應不錯;不過,坪林經營低碳旅遊多年,已有既定模式,新的改變還要與公所、當地商家商討,推出更有吸引力的套裝行程,雙溪區的反應則相對樂觀,「天天都低碳旅遊」的做法,可望於五月上路。

(自由時報記者何玉華)

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