TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Taiwan’s tourism bureau under the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) is to open a tourism promotion office in Thailand in June, according to the ministry’s policy report issued Thursday.
The move is part of the nation’s efforts to attract more tourists from South and Southeast Asian countries under the government’s “New Southbound Policy.”
Thailand is among the six targeted countries to be included in the first phase of the policy, along with Indonesia, Malaysia, India, the Philippines, and Vietnam.
The bureau currently has two offices in the region - Singapore and Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur - and a total of 14 worldwide.
In an effort to increase visitors from the region and promote Taiwan as one of the best tourist destinations in Asia, the bureau decided to further expand its overseas offices, citing Indonesia and India as the next locations where the bureau might consider opening an office following Thailand.
In addition, the nation is gradually removing barriers and obstacles in visa procedures for countries in the region, including extending visa-free privileges and reducing the application time, the foreign ministry said.
Taiwan has seen significant growth in visitor numbers since the New Southbound Policy took off. In January, the number of South and Southeast Asian tourists visiting Taiwan reached 68,000, marking a year-on-year increase of 42.8 percent and the biggest growth in four years, according to government data.