Sun, Dec 19, 2004 - Page 4 News List

Taiwan's tourism: `A Gold Coast with a local flavor'


Taiwan should develop its tourism with a uniquely local flavor by using the island's own special cultural resources and characteristics, Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) said in an address at the opening ceremony of a flower exhibition in Pali, Taipei County yesterday.

Lu also noted that she will promote the development of a "golden coast of Taiwan," noting that she plans to invite administrators of coastal cities and townships around the island to hold talks on developing tourism.

The vice president said she hopes the local authorities can jointly discuss and work out plans to build Taiwan's coastal areas into numerous tourist resorts and attractions with a local character.

Lu pointed out in her address that she has discovered that the coastal township of Pali has developed many tourist spots, including the "Left Bank" -- a tourist attraction modeled on the "Rive Gauche" in Paris. However, she said, tourist authorities and businesses should stop copying from foreign cultures.

In addition, a butterfly orchid boutique set up by the Cabinet-level Council of Agriculture is scheduled to open at Chiang Kai-shek International Airport's second terminal Dec. 27, council officials said yesterday. To promote butterfly orchids the council intends to familiarize passengers from home and abroad with the flower.

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