Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with agencies

Fri, Nov 09, 2012 - Page 4

TOURISM

Tourists satisfied: survey

A recent survey seeking feedback from Chinese tourists visiting Taiwan found they were mostly satisfied with their visit, the Tourism Bureau said on Wednesday. The poll results showed that 92.17 percent of respondents did not agree with the criticism that they have to “get up earlier than a rooster, travel faster than a horse, sleep later than a thief and eat worse than a pig” to complete their itineraries. The authorities have been controlling travel quality for the tourists through means such as setting a cap on the working hours of tour bus drivers, the bureau said. Meanwhile, tourism industry associations said they have been able to communicate with their clients about what to expect during the tours, while the bureau continues to rate local hotels. The system, introduced in 2010, is aimed at helping international travelers to find accommodation that conforms to international standards.

DIPLOMACY

MOFA reports on earthquake

No Taiwanese casualties or deaths had been reported as of yesterday in the wake of a magnitude 7.4 earthquake that struck off the coast of Guatemala on Wednesday, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) spokesperson Steve Hsia (夏季昌) said. Hsia’s remarks came shortly after the strong earthquake hit the Central American country, reportedly leaving at least 39 people dead and more than 100 injured. Taiwan’s ambassador to Guatemala has expressed sympathy to the Guatemalan government and has offered to provide assistance in the wake of the disaster, Hsia said. However, the country has not yet asked for help from Taiwan. The earthquake shook buildings in the capital, Guatemala City, and landslides blocked roads in some areas, according to reports.