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Bureau offers free shuttle service to 11 scenic spots

By Shelley Shan  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Tourism Bureau said yesterday that travelers could board shuttle buses to 11 sightseeing sights for free from today through September.

The free service, which forms part of the Tour Taiwan Sightseeing Shuttle Bus Service, covers three routes in Taitung, two in Yilan, three in Miaoli, one in Hsinchu, one in Nantou and one in Chiayi, the bureau said, adding that travelers can visit www.taiwantrip.com.tw for detailed information.

Tourism Bureau Director-General Janice Lai (賴瑟珍) said many people have found it hard to travel to some of these scenic spots because they are located far from the railway stations.

The bureau therefore introduced the shuttle bus services in 10 counties and cities around the nation so that the tourists can travel without having to drive themselves, she said.

Using public transportation to encourage travel also helps reduce carbon emissions, she said.

In related news, the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) has introduced a travel passport that gives domestic flight passengers discounts when they go shopping and an opportunity to join a draw for free flight tickets.

Passengers will have to present their boarding passes to get a travel passport. They get a stamp upon receiving the travel passport and can accumulate more stamps for each boarding pass presented.

To qualify for the prize draw, passengers must collect three stamps and send them back to CAA.

Aside from domestic flight tickets, they may receive coupons that entitle them to a 50 percent discount on domestic flight tickets.

With the travel passport, flight passengers can also get a 10 percent discount when they purchase tickets for Tour Taiwan Sightseeing Shuttle Buses.

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