Feb 09, 2017 Culture Comments Off on Tsai sets out plan to make Taiwan a major destination
President Tsai Ing-wen has laid out a plan to make Taiwan into a major Asian tourist destination. The president was speaking at an awards event held by the Tourism Bureau on Thursday.
Tsai said Taiwan welcomed a record 10.7 million visitors in 2016. She highlighted the success of the government's trial visa-waiver program for Thai nationals. This brought a 90% increase in the number of Thai visitors during the year.
However, Tsai told tour operators that the year ahead will be challenging. She said they will need to shift the distribution of their customer base and help recalibrate the industry. The president said the government will adopt a more proactive approach so that Taiwan can attract more visitors from around the world.
Tsai spoke about tourism's importance to Taiwan.
"I'd like to stress once again that tourism allows people to experience our culture and allows people to see that we exist. It's Taiwan's most potent diplomatic tool. We are determined to put Taiwan out there," Tsai said. "We also have an ambition to develop tourism, to welcome the world in, and to make Taiwan into an important Asian travel destination. In the future, we are going to replace conservatism with a proactive attitude. We'll work hard to team up with different countries, work hard to improve quality, and make it our goal to get Taiwan's tourism industry attracting people from around the world."
Tsai outlined three expectations for the tourism industry. First is to put the resources of the entire country into the industry. Second is to shift the government's goals to align more closely with the industry's needs. Third is to take advantage of Taiwan's geographic position linking Northeast and Southeast Asia.
Source: Radio Taiwan International
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