Taipei, New Taipei City and EVA Airways, one of Taiwan's major airlines, said Monday they will work together to boost tourism from Vietnam, which is a fast growing market.
As part of the initiative, they said, representatives of EVA and New Taipei will visit Ho Chi Minh City Aug. 3-5 to promote New Taipei tourism and launch discounted independent travel packages to the northern Taiwan city.
New Taipei, which has a relatively large population of Southeast Asian immigrants, has been working in recent years to attract more tourists from those countries, said city official Chen Ching-fang (???).
"Our campaign to promote Taiwan in Thailand over the past two years has been successful, and we are focusing on Vietnam this year," he said.
He said the city is keen to work with EVA because it is likely to include the coastal Vietnam city of Da Nang in its network in the future.
According to Chen, about 60 percent of the foreign tourists to Taiwan usually visit New Taipei, which means that any new destination added by Taiwan airlines will boost the city's tourism.
Tourism Bureau data shows visitor arrivals from Vietnam rose by an annual 95 percent last year to 380,000, the highest growth rate among all Southeast Asian countries.
In the first five months of this year, arrivals from Vietnam totaled 600,000, the city government said, expressing optimism over the market for EVA.
EVA Air Spokesman Ke Chin-cheng (???) said the airline has been invited by the Vietnamese government to fly to Da Nang and would consider using a bigger aircraft than the Airbus A321, which it operates on its Hanoi route, as demand increases.
With EVA setting its sights on growing its transit market, he said, an increase in services to Vietnam would fit the strategic plan.
About 40 percent of the passengers that travel on EVA from Vietnam to Taiwan are in transit to North America, where the carrier operates 82 flights per week, Ke said.
It would be in the interests of both the airline and New Taipei if the city becomes a stopover destination for Vietnamese travelers, he said.
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The bureau is focusing on five north-south mountain ranges — the Central Mountain, Xueshan, Yushan, Alishan and the Coastal Mountain ranges — in its pavilion at the fair, said bureau Deputy Director-General Chang Shi-chung (???).
Chang said there will be various exhibitions and forums on the mountains of Taiwan, as well as its unique cultural features such as historic trails and aboriginal lifestyles.
Taiwan is preparing to market 2020 as the Year of Mountain Tourism, after its efforts to position the country as an important international mountaineering destination in July, when the government allowed public access to the island’s national parks.
Previously, people who wanted to visit restricted “ecological protected areas” in Taiwan’s national parks had to apply for permits from both the National Police Agency and the Construction and Planning Agency.
Now, however, the Construction and Planning Agency has launched a new mountain permit application portal that requires mountain visitors to apply for only one permit and provides fast-track processing to expedite applications, the bureau said.
Much of Taiwan is covered by mountains, and it has 268 mountains of over 3,000 meters, according to the Tourism Bureau website.
That environment has made hiking and mountain climbing one of the favorite pastimes of Taiwan residents.
The number of permits issued to Taiwanese citizens and foreign nationals for access to trails in Yushan, Taroko and Shei Pa national parks has risen from 153,736 in 2016 to 187,053 in 2017 and 201,526 in 2018, according to Construction and Planning Agency figures.
In 2018, foreign nationals accounted for 7.24 percent of the permits issued.
There will be around 1,700 booths from 60 countries at the fair, to be held Nov. 8-11 at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center.
The fair, the largest of its kind in Taiwan, will feature South Korean and Japanese tourism operators amid growing local interest in travel to those countries.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel