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Taiwan rolls out $180 stimulus vouchers in wake of COVID curbs

Taipei expands giveaway from last year, looking to help eateries and hotels

Unlike last year's Triple Stimulus Vouchers program, similar vouchers will be given out for free this year. (Photo by Yu Nakamura)

TAIPEI -- Taiwan will hand out stimulus coupons to consumers again this year, boosting the amount to 5,000 New Taiwan dollars ($179) and encouraging dining and lodging now that the island has eased COVID-19 restrictions.

Taipei will earmark a special budget of about NT$120 billion to fund this year's benefits -- enough to provide one set of vouchers for each of the island's roughly 24 million people. The vouchers, which were announced Thursday, can be used at restaurants, hotels and other businesses from October to the end of April 2022.

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