MUSLIM travellers can now visit Taipei without worrying about halal facilities as the city is fast becoming a Muslim-friendly destination.
Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Malaysia representative James Chang Chi-Ping said necessary facilities are now easily accessible throughout the city.
“Over 100 hotels and restaurants in Taiwan have received halal certification, of which 45 are located in Taipei.
“Certain national scenic areas have facilities such as prayer rooms and Muslim-friendly toilets,” explained Chang at the Fun Taipei Travel Party press conference, adding that these measures were expected to provide Muslim visitors with a more comfortable and pleasant stay in Taiwan.
Also present at the event were actress Yana Samsudin and director Fadzil Zahari, who shared their fun experiences in Taipei during their honeymoon and filming of the television series Romantika two years ago.
“It is not hard to find halal restaurants, and there is even one at 101 Taipei, where we dined during our visit,” said Fadzil.
Yana strongly recommended Taipei as a travel destination for Muslim tourists, saying that Muslim-friendly restaurants and facilities were not a problem during her visit, and she was already planning to return with her family.
Taiwan is well known for its beautiful scenery, fine food as well as the people's warm hospitality and Taipei, the capital city, has been a preferred destination for tourists.
“In 2016, the number of Malaysians travelling to Taiwan was more than 474,000.
“This year, in January and February alone, it reached 74,000, which is an increase of 19.3% compared with the same period last year.
“With the upcoming 2017 Taipei Universiade happening from Aug 19 to 30, we are positive this outstanding sports event will attract more Malaysians to Taiwan,” added Chang.
Malaysians visiting Taipei during the Taipei Universiade period will receive one complimentary limited-edition EasyCard that comes with NT$100 (RM14.65) stored value, upon presenting passport and boarding pass.
In its latest efforts to attract more Malaysian visitors, Taipei City Government’s Department of Information and Tourism teamed up with China Airlines and local travel agencies to offer exclusive deals to Malaysians.
Starting from April 20, those who buy a minimum three-day Fun Taipei travel package will receive a 35% preferential discount and a limited-edition Taipei commemorative year calendar notebook containing offers worth RM4,000.
Among some of the highlighted deals are a three-day, two-night flight and accommodation promotion whereby the first and second traveller pays RM1,380 each while the third traveller onwards will be entitled to a discounted price of RM1,280.
Those who travel before June 30 this year will also receive a complimentary Taipei Sightseeing Hop On Hop Off Taipei Double Decker Bus ticket.
Taipei mayor Ko Wen-je said that in recent years, Taipei has been actively targeting the South-East Asia market and is seeing positive results.
“Taipei City is continuously enhancing its friendly travel milieu, and we hope that all Malaysians and Muslim friends can come and experience its welcoming, convenient and fun tourism environment,” said Ko.