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Tourism Bureau in bid to attract more visitors to Taiwan

HIGHLIGHT:The bureau plans to promote the nation’s top 10 attractions by hosting a tableau at Taipei 101, which is visited by 5,000 people every day

By Shelley Shan  /  Staff reporter

The Tourism Bureau is launching an international campaign to introduce the nation’s top 10 tourist attractions to the world, the bureau said yesterday.

The list was determined after a month of online voting and an evaluation by experts. The attractions include Beitou District (北投) in Taipei, Rueifang District (瑞芳) in New Taipei City (新北市), Dajia (大甲) in Greater Taichung, Lugang (鹿港) in Changhua County and Anping District (安平) in Greater Tainan.

Alhough they did not make it into the top 10, Xinyi District (信義) in Taipei, Sanyi Township (三義) in Miaoli County and Rueisuei (瑞穗) in Hualien County won special mention from the experts as having the most potential for international tourism, the most local character and the cleanest environments respectively.

Tourism Bureau Director-General David Hsieh (謝謂君) said the bureau would publish brochures and produce foldouts introducing each attraction in English and Chinese, and distribute them internationally.

Information on the 10 tourist attractions would also be made available in eight languages on the bureau’s Web site, he said.

“We will also invite international media and travel agents from overseas to tour these attractions,” Hsieh said.

Meanwhile, Hsieh said the bureau plans to further promote the attractions by hosting an exhibition in the observatory of the Taipei 101 building, which is visited by about 5,000 tourists every day.

The nation’s travel agents will be encouraged to include the attractions in their tour packages, he said.

Minister of Transportation and Communications Mao Chi-kuo (毛治國) said local government officials managing the tourist attractions need to pay attention to details and prioritize sustainable tourism.

“People already know where you are through the campaign for the top 10 tourist attractions. That is a good start,” Mao said.

“The questions you have to ask yourself are why tourists would want to come and visit, how they are going to get there and what they are going to see,” Mao said.

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