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 6 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.