17 Dec '11, 9am

#ChinaLetter: China tourists told to Travel Agents to avoid Taiwan during poll: AsiaOne

#ChinaLetter: China tourists told to Travel Agents to avoid Taiwan during poll: AsiaOne

TAIPEI - China has instructed its tour operators to avoid arranging group trips to Taiwan in the weeks leading up to the island’s January 14 presidential vote, Taiwanese travel agents said Friday. “We are not surprised by the move as it is a sensitive time ahead of the election and the (Chinese) authorities want to be more cautious,” said Roger Hsu, secretary-general of Taiwan’s Travel Agent Association. A manager at a Taipei-based travel agency, who asked to be identified only by his surname Lee, said his Chinese partner agencies have been urged to refrain from sending tourists to Taiwan in the two weeks before the poll. It would be bad for Taiwan’s ruling pro-China Kuomintang (KMT) party if mainland tourists were spotted at its campaign rallies, as the opposition could describe it as interference in the election, he said. However, calls to travel agents in Beijing indica...

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