Taiwan expresses gratitude for U.S.’ ‘unwavering’ support
Sep 15, 2018CultureComments Off on Taiwan expresses gratitude for U.S.’ ‘unwavering’ support
Taipei, Presidential Office spokesman Sidney Lin (???) said Saturday that Taiwan sincerely appreciates the goodwill and continued support extended by the executive and legislative branches of the United States government.
Taiwan has a close and friendly relationship with the U.S., which has been unwavering in its support, Lin said, after U.S. Republican Representative Chris Smith on Friday urged the U.S. executive branch to fully implement the Taiwan Travel Act to bring about an increase in exchanges of high-level American and Taiwanese officials.
In a letter to U.S. State Secretary Mike Pompeo, Smith said President Tsai Ing-wen's (???) recent visit to the U.S. showed the positive development of ties between Washington and Taipei.
"Building on this, I urge you to fully implement the Taiwan Travel Act to allow regular and high-level exchanges between U.S. and Taiwanese officials," Smith said in the letter.
In Lin's comments, he said that as a member of the global community, Taiwan is committed to developing even stronger bilateral relations so as to contribute to the peace, stability and wellbeing of the region, and he expressed the government's gratitude for the U.S.' "unwavering support."
Comments Off on Taipei-Taiwan’s Tourism Bureau is promoting mountain tourism at the 4-day Taipei International Travel Fair that began Friday.
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