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A 'foreigner's point of view' can boost tourist numbers: Su

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The year 2007 could offer a great chance for the nation's tourism industry to develop and grow, Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) said yesterday in Taipei.

"More and more construction making traveling and transportation convenient has been or will be completed, such as the Taiwan High Speed Rail and the remarkable Hsuehshan Tunnel," Su said. "These public projects will help elevate the industry, and we will do our best to invite and attract more foreign visitors to Taiwan."

The premier was speaking during the weekly Cabinet meeting yesterday.

The lifting of more restrictions against Chinese visitors was not discussed, but Su was confident that there would be more foreign visitors this year.

"Chinese visitors will not be our only target group of tourists. We need to bring Taiwan to the world," he added.

"In addition to getting ready for more Chinese visitors, we shall prepare ourselves for more foreign visitors from other countries as well," Su said. "We can, for instance, invest in promoting Taiwan and explain to foreign visitors how to have fun at minimum expense."

He urged Cabinet members to create a more English-friendly environment and asked them to promote Taiwan "from a foreigner's point of view."

"We have to figure out why they [foreigners] would come to Taiwan from their angle. We would then know better how to make this country a big international attraction," Su said.

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