Taiwan opens travel fair in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Three-day event forms part of New Southbound Policy

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A drum group performs at the Taiwan travel fair in Ho Chi Minh City (photo courtesy of Taiwan office in Vietnam)

A drum group performs at the Taiwan travel fair in Ho Chi Minh City (photo courtesy of Taiwan office in Vietnam) (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Tourism Bureau opened a three-day travel fair in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City Saturday (April 27).

The April 27-29 event forms part of the government’s New Southbound Policy to intensify contacts with the countries of Southeast and South Asia, as well as Australia and New Zealand. The policy has already resulted in sharply growing numbers of visitors to Taiwan from the Southeast Asian nations, including Vietnam.

A total of more than 490,000 Vietnamese citizens traveled to Taiwan in 2018, an increase of 28 percent over the previous year.

The fair also includes booths from 13 major Vietnamese travel agencies and from China Airlines and EVA Air, the Central News Agency reported.

Apart from hearing live bands, visitors to the fair could also take a look at traditional paper making techniques and sample some of Taiwan’s food heritage, with an emphasis on sweets.

An Augmented Reality (AR) wall allowed visitors to take pictures of themselves with some of Taiwan’s major sights, CNA reported.