Taiwan wins 3 Pacific Asia Travel Association Gold Awards

Awards linked to wildlife and heritage protection projects

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Taiwan won three awards from the Pacific Asia Travel Association (photo courtesy of Tourism Bureau).

Taiwan won three awards from the Pacific Asia Travel Association (photo courtesy of Tourism Bureau).

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwan’s tourism promotion efforts received a significant boost Thursday (September 19) when it won three 2019 Gold Awards at a Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) ceremony in Kazakhstan.

Taiwan received the three prizes for the categories of Marketing – Secondary Government Destination, Environmental Education Program, and Heritage and Culture Heritage, CNA reported.

Not only was this the most successful year ever for Taiwan at the awards, but it also showed the recognition that the international travel world holds for the island nation’s efforts, the Tourism Bureau said.

Key campaigns which contributed to winning the awards were promotional efforts linking national parks with the protection of nature and wildlife such as the Siraya National Scenic Area's purple butterflies and Baguashan's buzzards, officials said.

The Heritage and Culture Heritage Award was the result of the protection of traditional slate houses in the Payuwan tribal village in the Maolin National Scenic Area, which not only managed to attract tourists but also contributed to the return of indigenous people to the area, according to CNA.

PATA was established in 1951 with Taiwan as one of its founding members.