Taiwan, Marshall Islands ink deals on visa-free entry, patrols
Jul 27, 2018GeneralComments Off on Taiwan, Marshall Islands ink deals on visa-free entry, patrols
Taipei, Taiwan and the Marshall Islands on Friday signed bilateral agreements on visa-free entry and maritime patrol collaboration to boost exchanges.
The agreement was inked by the foreign ministers of the two countries -- Joseph Wu (???) and John M. Silk, and witnessed by President Tsai Ing-wen (???) and Marshall Islands President Hilda C. Heine at the Presidential Office in Taipei.
Speaking at the event, Tsai said she hoped that the bilateral agreement will help strengthen joint maritime security and facilitate people-to-people interaction.
Heine, meanwhile, said Taiwan and the Marshall Islands already work together across a wide range of areas such as agriculture, clean energy, environmental protection, health care and talent cultivation, and the new agreements will further advance bilateral relations.
She also thanked Taiwan's government for its long-term support, especially in the fields of education, health, energy, agriculture and fisheries.
Agreements in other fields are also being negotiated, Heine said, and she expects to see the two sides continue to build on the existing foundation and work together on other initiatives to advance sustainable development.
Heine arrived in Taiwan on a seven-day state visit on Thursday with a delegation of senior officials.
During her stay, Heine and her delegation will also explore Taiwan's history and culture through visits to the National Palace Museum in Taipei, Chimei Museum in Tainan and Meinong Hakka Culture Museum in Kaohsiung.
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