The Tourism Administration System
At the central government level, the tourism administration system consists
of a Tourism Section and Tourism Bureau that operate under the Ministry of
Transportation and Communications. Each of Taiwan's five special municipalities,
county governments, and city governments has its own unit responsible for local
tourism construction, marketing, and promotion.
On Nov. 21, 1996 the Executive
Yuan (Cabinet) set up a Tourism Development and Promotion Committee with the
aim of effectively integrating tourism development and promotion. A minister
without portfolio serves as convenor and the director-general of the Tourism
Bureau as executive director of the Committee, which has a membership made up of
deputy ministers of ministries and commissions, tourism operators, and scholars.
The Tourism Bureau is responsible for related staff operations.
In addition to the scenic areas and private amusement parks under the
administration or supervision of the Tourism Bureau, Taiwan's domestic tourism
and recreational resources consist of national parks under the administration of
the Ministry of the Interior's
Construction and Planning Agency; leisure farms and forest recreation areas
under the administration of the
Council of Agriculture; national farms and forests under the administration
of the Veterans Affairs
Commission; university experimental forests under the management of the
Ministry of Education; and
reservoirs, tourism sites, and recreation areas under the supervision of the
Ministry of Economic Affairs.
All of these areas are important destinations for travel and tourism activities
for the people of Taiwan.