IF you are interested in visiting Taiwan, be sure to visit the Taiwan booth at the Matta Fair.
Some 145 representatives from 85 entities, such as the Taipei City and county governments, tourism companies, domestic travel agencies, leisure farms, theme parks, and other tourism-related agencies will be promoting Taiwan with the tourism tagline “touch your heart”.
At the Taiwan Tourism workshop held on Wednesday, local tourism industry players and reporters were given a presentation of what Taiwan has to offer and the upcoming Taipei International Flora Expo.
Taipei economic and cultural office representative Victor CY Tseng said while the Taiwan tourism industry suffered a blow last year due to the AH1N1 and the economic downturn, they were back on track this year.
“The influx of tourists to Taiwan from South-East Asia has skyrocketed this year.
“Some 143,230 Malaysians visited Taiwan between January and July, a 96.84% increase since last year,” he said.
Taipei City Government’s Department of Information and Tourism deputy commissioner Chiu Peng-Hsin welcomed Malaysians to visit the Taipei International Flora Expo, which would be held from Nov 6 to April 25 next year.
Taiwan Tourism Bureau KL office director Chang Fu-Nan said Taiwan’s Yuan Wu Qu dance troupe had been invited to perform cultural dances this year.
There would also be demonstrations by balloon artist Lee Sheng-tang and dough figurine artist Lo Tzu-cheng.
Those who buy Taiwan tourism products will also be entitled to a gift at the Taiwan booth.
Those aged between 15 and 30 years will not want to miss out on the travel incentives offered by the National Youth Commission (NYC), which promotes youth travel to Taiwan.
Available exclusively during the fair, Malaysians aged between 15 and 30 can take advantage of the one time 35% discount on return air trip to Taiwan and a special extra 10kg allowance on checked-in luggage.
Visitors to the NYC booth can also scratch and win gifts such as mobile phone charms, reusable bags, headbands, as well as the jackpot prize of a free return air trip for one from Kuala Lumpur to Taipei.