TAIPEI (Taiwan News)--Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen took it to Facebook on Monday to welcome international visitors to Taiwan, urging the public to “tag your friends and invite them to visit Taiwan” because it is getting more fun to visit the country.
She said in her post that the tourism industry is one of the industries that Taiwan has put much value on and that the pattern of sightseeing in Taiwan has gradually transformed. She cited examples of what foreign tourists do in Taiwan nowadays: Korean tourists buying tooth paste and milk tea, Muslim tourists looking at maps on Taipei Metro to find Muslim restaurants, more Southeast Asian tourists taking selfies, and more Hong Kong and Macao visitors combing alleys to find interesting places for social media check-ins.
Tsai also shared two video clips made by Taiwan’s Tourism Bureau to promote Taiwan in the Philippines.
Tsai said she believes that providing a multi-facet and more versatile tourism environment is the best way to make Taiwan connect with the world. Now many young foreign visitors consult hot spots on Instagram to look for attractions and restaurants that interest them, she said, adding that Taiwan’s digital prowess should be able to satisfy the travel life on social media.
She said Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy, which entails promoting more visa waiver programs with Southeast Asian counties, will bring more tourists from this region. “I know we have many new immigrants from Southeast Asia, and because of their language advantages, they will have more opportunities to work in the tour guide and service sectors,” she said.
Last year, 10.69 million international tourists visited Taiwan, which is a record number, and tourists from Southeast Asia contributed much to the growth, Tsai said. January this year saw the biggest year-on-year growth of tourists from the 18 countries under the umbrella of the New Southbound Policy in the past four years, she added.