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Bureau plans salt festival to draw tourists to Tainan

Staff Writer, with CNA

The Tourism Bureau plans to highlight “salt sculptures” in Greater Tainan next month as part of its efforts to attract Chinese tourists to southern Taiwan.

The bureau said recently that it would work with the Taiwan Salt Museum to organize a salt sculpture festival on Aug. 6 and Aug. 7 in the city’s Cigu District (七股).

The festival will give visitors the opportunity to try local food and learn about the history of the salt industry, it said.

The festival comes amid a recent decision to add Tainan’s airport to a list of local gateways that handle direct flights to and from China.

In addition, the recently enacted Chinese free independent traveler (FIT) program, which came into effect on Tuesday, has spurred hopes for greater tourism revenue nationwide.

Officials said the bureau planned to work with authorities from Jiangsu Province’s Yencheng, which means “Salt City,” to hold a salt sculpture exhibition next year.

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