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Friday May 21, 2010

Leisure farm owners in town to share experiences

EIGHT Taiwanese leisure farm tycoons will share their experiences with Malaysian farmers and give them tips on how to upgrade and promote their farms as tourist attractions.

The eight leisure farm owners have successful track records in managing their farms, which are among the must-visit tourist attractions on the island, Taiwan Leisure Farming Development Association secretary-general Yu Wen-horng said.

He said Malaysia had many similar farms that had the potential to be turned into tourist spots suitable for family outings.

Tranquil scene: Visitors enjoying the beautiful scenery at Tai-Yi Leisure Farm in Puli, Taiwan.

Yu said the eight farms — Shangrila Leisure Farm, Flying Cow Ranch, Tai-Yi Ecological Leisure Farm, Dakeng Leisure Farm, Toucheng Leisure farm, Long Yun Holiday Farm, Nan Yuan Resort Farm and The Lake of Heaven Leisure Farm — were well-established in Taiwan.

“About 70,000 tourists stayed in our leisure farms last year, of which 30,000 were Malaysians,” he said.

"It is strange that Malaysians make up the largest number of visitors to Taiwanese leisure farms when we have so many equally good farms here" DATUK DESMOND LEE

Apple Vacations & Conventions Sdn Bhd group managing director Datuk Desmond Lee encouraged those who were already in the industry or planned to venture into it to attend the seminars.

“It is strange that Malaysians make up the largest number of visitors to Taiwanese leisure farms when we have so many equally good, if not better, farms here.

“We invited the Taiwanese to share their management skills and knowledge in transforming a farm into a leisure farm,” he said.

He said the farm operators were also good at promoting and marketing their leisure farms, locally and internationally.

Lee said some of the farm operators would also share with the audience how their business managed to attract the second generation, especially those in their 20s and 30s, to come back to manage the farms.

“To our surprise, the children are willingly coming back to work on the leisure farms which are quite a distance from cities.

“We have been talking about our younger generation refusing to work in new villages due to the lack of opportunities. Maybe we can learn from the Taiwanese farm operators,” Lee said.

The seminar titled “Sharing The Dream Of Taiwan Leisure Farm Tycoons” will be held in Kuala Lumpur on May 29, Ipoh (May 30), Penang (May 31) and Sabah (June 2).

For Kuala Lumpur, the event will be held at Wisma MCA from 1.30pm to 4.30pm.

The seminar, which is open to the public, will be conducted in Mandarin. Free gifts will be given to the audience on a first-come, first-served basis.

The event is organised by the Taiwan Tourism Bureau, the Taiwan Leisure Farming Development Association and Apple Vacations & Conventions Sdn Bhd.

For details, contact Apple Vacations & Conventions Sdn Bhd at 03-2143 2026.