IT IS time to visit Taiwan, so says the slogan by the Taiwan Tourism Bureau “Time for Taiwan”.
During the MATTA Fair this weekend held at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC), one can visit the Taiwan Pavilion in Hall 1 (booth numbers: 1217-1221, 1224-1253, 1276-1280) to get travel ideas and advice.
There will be representatives from the Tourism Bureau, Miaoli County government, private tourism organisations, travel agents, recreational farms, theme parks, hotels, holiday resorts and wedding salons — a total of 132 people from 86 organisations.
You can also catch performances by local vocal powerhouse Meeia Foo tomorrow between 3.30pm and 6.30pm who gained popularity after appearing in the Super Idol TV programme in Taiwan, traditional Taiwanese dance performances, a lecture by TV variety show Queen’s (aka Nu Ren Wo Zui Da) celebrity hairdresser Tony, dough figurine display and balloon art.
Those who buy package tours to Taiwan at the fair can get a Four Seasons gift, an umbrella and other free gifts by the Tourism Bureau at the pavilion, while stocks last. There is also a chance to win a special raffle prize.
Taiwan has became a popular travel destination internationally in recent years. Lonely Planet has named Taiwan as one of the top 10 countries to visit in 2012 and Fox network named Taiwan as one of the top 120 bargain shopping destinations in the world.
According to the Taiwan Tourism Bureau, the number of Malaysian tourists visiting Taiwan has increased yearly, from 166,000 in 2009 to 285,000 in 2010 and topping 300,000 in 2011.
Taiwan Visitors Association Kuala Lumpur Office director Chang Fu-Nan said there are three things they will be promoting this time around, namely food, cuisine and romantic destinations.
He said this in his speech at the Taiwan Tourism Workshop 2012 recently which was attended by local travel agents and members of the press.
“We will focus on cuisine, excellent shopping environment and romantic atmosphere.
“On April 21, there will be a ‘2012 Time For Taiwan’ concert at the Taipei International Convention Centre featuring Fahrenheit, Sodagreen and Amber Kuo,” he said.
Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Malaysia representative Lo Yu-Chung said Taiwan is promoting Muslim tours recently to cater to the Muslim tourist market.
There was also a talk by Ma Hsiao-chi the former secretary-general of the Chinese Muslim Association cum chief Muslim inspector for Protour travel service, who talked about halal restaurants and facilities for Muslim tourists.