Boston bombings have not deterred Taiwanese tourists

Staff writer, with CNA

Fri, Apr 19, 2013 - Page 4

The deadly bombings in Boston earlier this week have not significantly affected travel from Taiwan to the US, tourism industry representatives said yesterday.

Some Taiwanese tour groups that had booked trips to Boston have changed their itineraries and plan to travel to other cities in the US, the Taipei Association of Travel Agents said.

An increasing number of people have been calling travel agencies to obtain information about travel to the US, but no significant drop in the number of visitors to the US is expected, association official Liu Yi-liang (劉奕樑), said.

Travel agencies will continue to arrange alternative itineraries, he said, adding that only a few people have canceled their US travel plans.

Two bombs exploded on Monday near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, leaving three people dead and about 180 injured.

US authorities are still investigating the incident.

Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday issued a “gray” travel alert for Boston, advising Taiwanese to be cautious if they plan to travel to the northeastern city.

Gray is the lowest-level warning in the ministry’s travel advisory system, which has four levels — gray, yellow, orange and red — depending on perceived risk severity.