Executive Yuan held the Council for conomic Development to draw up Hot Springs Act in January 2001, aiming to boost the reservation of hot springs and development of tourism. Obviously, hot springs industry will play an important role for the development of local industry and economic growth in the future. There are about 131 hot springs in Taiwan, and nearly 70% of them originates from indigenous peoples towns. Therefore, if the hot spring resources in the Taiwan indigenous peoples area can be developed and used reasonably, it can be developed to be the most important local industry of the Taiwan indigenous peoples tribe. However, because of the restriction of laws such as the “Hot Spring Act” and the “Regulations on Development and Management of the Lands Reserved for Indigenous People” and the limit of budget and development limitation, there should be the evaluation of development limitation and potential first while developing the Taiwan indigenous peoples hot spring areas. Thus, we can propose the development priority among the indigenous peoples hot spring areas.
In this research, we first widely collect the documentations of indigenous peoples hot spring area development and maps or reports including indigenous peoples hot spring distribution map, hot spring area overview map and urban planning reports. Then, we adopt some previous research to build the development potential evaluation model for the Taiwan indigenous peoples hot spring area. And finally, we apply web GIS to integrate the maps, reports and the development potential evaluation model and then build up a development potential evaluation system on web for the Taiwan’s indigenous peoples hot spring areas.
The development potential evaluation result of all the Taiwan’s indigenous peoples hot spring areas shows that there are several higher development potential hot spring areas among the Taiwan’s indigenous peoples hot spring areas and distribute over the Taiwan such as Xuhai hot spring, Mudan, Pingtung in the southern Taiwan, Maolin hot spring, Kaohsiung in the southern Taiwan, Bihou hot spring, Nanao, Ilan in the eastern Taiwan, Hongye Hot Spring, Taitung in the eastern Taiwan, Qingquan hot spring, Wufeng, Hsinchu in the northern Taiwan, Siouluan hot spring, Hsinchu in the northern Taiwan, and Kukuan hot spring, Taichung in the central Taiwan. For correctly and efficiently development and use of Taiwan’s indigenous peoples hot spring resources, in this research, we propose that these higher development potential hot spring areas should be considered as the first priority of development.