The Tourism Bureau said yesterday it is investigating the liability of a travel agency that organized a tour to China's Shandong Province, where a car accident occurred on Sunday, leaving one Taiwanese tourist dead and six other tourists injured.
Results of a preliminary investigation showed that the tour was arranged by the Taipei-based Hifly Travel Co. The tour guide, however, was reportedly not on the tour bus when the accident occurred.
The bureau said the travel agency may have violated laws regulating tour guides. In addition to a possible fine of NT$15,000, the travel agency may have its operating license revoked if the bureau determines the company has committed a major violation responsible for the accident.
An additional NT$30,000 fine could be imposed upon the company for inadequate supervision.
Television footage showed that six injured travelers are now recuperating in a hospital in Shandong's Chinan City.
Meanwhile, families of tour members left yesterday afternoon for China to take care of related matters.
The accident happened on the second day of an eight-day tour, when the group was about to visit Chifu, Confucius' hometown. Sixteen travelers were reported to be on the trip, eight of whom were Hifly clients.
Because of the accident, the tour company has decided to cancel the rest of the trip.
The woman who was killed, 52 year-old Fu Hsueh-chin (
Chang Shi-chung (張錫聰), director of the hotel, travel and training division at the Tourism Bureau, said Hifly had purchased travel insurance for its travelers. Families of the dead will receive compensation of NT$2 million from the insurance firm.
The firm will also pay an additional NT$100,000 for other miscellaneous expenses related to care of the remains. The injured traveler will each be paid NT$30,000 for medical expenses.
‘HONEYMOON’ IS OVER: A political science professor said that the Tsai administration’s popularity peaked after it successfully contained COVID-19, but is waning President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) and Premier Su Tseng-chang’s (蘇貞昌) approval ratings fell significantly this month in the wake of the government’s handling of the distribution of relief funds and stimulus coupons to people and businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, a poll released yesterday by the New Power Party (NPP) showed. The poll showed that 68 percent of respondents said they were satisfied with Tsai’s performance, down 8.9 percentage points from last month, while 21 percent said they disapproved of her performance. Her approval among respondents aged 20 to 29 fell 14.7 percentage points, the largest decrease when compared with other age
Food delivery provider Foodpanda had 564 consumer disputes from January to last month and failed to attend many mediation sessions with local governments nationwide, the Executive Yuan’s Consumer Protection Committee said. In a news release earlier this month, the committee said that it investigated consumer complaints and mediations for Foodpanda and rival Uber Eats during the period, when the number of delivery orders jumped due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Uber Eats had 80 consumer disputes, the committee said. Of Foodpanda’s consumer disputes, 368 resulted from delivery drivers canceling orders after customers could not be reached, 108 were related to the quality or quantity
Peggy Chen (陳佩琪), wife of Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), yesterday said that the Central Epidemic Command Center’s (CECC) claim that Taiwan had warned the WHO about possible human-to-human transmission of COVID-19 was “far-fetched.” The US on April 9 said that the WHO had put politics first and ignored Taiwan’s early warning in December last year, which the WHO denied the following day. The WHO said that it received an e-mail from Taiwanese authorities on Dec. 31 last year, but that “there was no mention in the message of human-to-human transmission.” Minister of Health and Welfare Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the CECC,
The Taipei City Government yesterday promised to improve its Taipei Card 3.0 application process after a city councilor said that it required applicants to provide irrelevant personal information. Taipei City Councilor Miao Po-ya (苗博雅) said that to activate the card — which can function as an EasyCard, Senior EasyCard, student card and library card, as well as provide discounts for restaurants, arts and entertainment in the city — people must provide personal information such as their passport number, occupation, education level, their spouse’s name, personal income, credit rating and health information. The city government said the system would help it digitalize and