Taiwan and Philippines to boost tourism with amendment of aviation agreement

9 August 2015 (Last Updated August 9th, 2015 18:30)

Taiwan and the Philippines are likely to modify an aviation agreement to increase the number of flights between the two countries, and open up their tourism sectors to each other.

Taiwan and the Philippines are likely to modify an aviation agreement to increase the number of flights between the two countries, and open up their tourism sectors to each other.

Taiwan's representative to the Philippines, Gary Song-Huann Lin was quoted by Central News Agency as saying that the Philippines had already simplified travelling to the country with the introduction of an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) for Taiwanese travellers.

The ETA is an entry permit that can be applied and paid for online, and was launched with an aim to attract more Taiwanese tourists.

The move is said to help in further increasing traffic between the two countries.

Under the agreement that is being amended for the first time in a decade, the number of passenger seats between the two countries will be increased from the current 4,800 a week to 20,000 this year.

The capacity will be further increased to 25,000 and 30,000 in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

Tourism has suffered a setback due to the Balintang Channel incident, which involved the shooting of some Taiwanese fishermen and led to political tensions between the two countries.

Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) chairman Amadeo R Perez was quoted by the Manila Bulletin earlier this year as saying that tourism had also suffered as people from Taiwan started considering other tourist destinations including Japan and the US.