On December 21, 23, 152 Vietnamese tourists came to Taiwan and went missing. This is suspected of being the biggest traders in Taiwan so far.
CNA – Taiwan’s Central News Agency report: on December 21, a group of 23 Vietnamese tourists came to Taiwan from Kaohsiung airport and went missing in Xinbei city. The remaining 130 visitors included 3 delegations, arriving in Taiwan on December 23 and missing for 2 days 23, 24/12. The only person who is not missing is the tour leader.
Immediately after the incident was discovered, Taiwan’s authorities came into action. The search for 152 Vietnamese guests is being carried out by the NIA task force in Kaohsiung City (Taiwan). In addition to suspecting that this is a case involving human traffickers, there are many opinions and evidence that this is a collective escape.
Reportedly, this number of Vietnamese tourists came to Taiwan under Quan Hong program. This is part of Taiwan’s New South Policy (NSP). Under this policy, groups of 5 or more visitors from countries: Vietnam, Indonesia, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, and India will be given priority for simple Visa procedures (not financial proof). The condition is that these tourists must follow the tour of travel agencies recognized by the Taiwan Tourism Bureau.
After the incident, Taiwan canceled the visa application of 182 Vietnamese tourists coming to Taiwan under the Quan Hong program. According to the Taipei Times, 182 visa applications are for groups of tourists who follow the tour of Etholiday (the unit responsible for receiving the delegation of 4 missing guests in Taiwan).
Quan Hong program took place since 2015. In 3 years of application, there have been more than 150 Vietnamese tourists “missing”. However, only a few people in each group and not continuous. Large and continuous numbers like the last incident are unprecedented.
Taiwanese related agencies: Tourism Bureau, Taiwan Consulate Agency, NIA are still working together to find those who are “missing”. After being found, violating Taiwan’s immigration law, 152 Vietnamese tourists will be deported from Taiwan, and have to pay full travel expenses. At the same time, they will be banned from entering Taiwan for a certain period of time. However, until today, 26/12, there has not been found this group.
International Holidays Trading Travel Co is the unit bringing 152 Vietnamese tourists to Taiwan. Their partner in this case is ETHoliday (in Taiwan).
International Holidays Trading Travel Co is located at 162/20 Road 10, Ward 9, Go Vap District, Ho Chi Minh City. This is a travel agency established in 2012 with many domestic, foreign, European, and Asian tours, etc. This unit has cooperated and organized many programs for Vietnamese and international guests. . After the incident, until December 26, International Holiday Company still has no official announcement with the press.