A Taiwanese travel agency yesterday announced that it will cancel all tour services to Japan and stop serving Japanese tourists due to the recent disputes with Tokyo over sovereignty of the Diaoyutai Islands (釣魚台).
Shun Yi Travel said the decision was made after a thorough discussion by the company’s management yesterday morning, adding that it had previously planned to offer the Japanese tours at the Taipei International Travel Fair.
“We know the charm of Japan can help us earn substantial revenue, and we also know that people love using Japanese products because the Japanese pay attention to details. We know many, many good things about Japan,” the agency said in an online statement. “[However], since the Diaoyutai Islands sovereignty dispute began, our friendliness toward Japan has vanished ... We have decided to stop selling Japanese tour services and serving Japanese tourists. We hope everyone could support our cause and defend our territory in the most rational way possible.”
In response, the Tourism Bureau said the agency was the first and only one in Taiwan to boycott tour services related to Japan because of the spat.
Other travel agents were puzzled at Shun Yi’s action, since the travel agency mainly offers tours to Southeast Asia.
In related news, the bureau said it has recruited Taiwanese actress Ivy Chen (陳意涵) and South Korean actor Jo Jung-suk as its ambassadors to promote Taiwan as a tourist destination in South Korea.
Chen and Jo have shot a mini film for the bureau, which took them to scenic spots around the nation such as Jiufen (九份) and Yehliu Geopark.
Statistics from the bureau show that 242,902 South Korean tourists visited the nation last year, an 11.99 percent increase compared with 2010. The number of South Korean tourists visiting Taiwan between January and August has topped 171,385, a jump of 3.64 percent compared to the same period last year.
‘VIRUS DIPLOMACY’: The nation’s expertise in handling COVID-19 was among the reasons that it should not be excluded from the WHO, the European Parliament said The European Parliament this week passed resolutions that support Taiwan’s bid to participate in the WHO and its intention to negotiate a trade pact with Taiwan. During its plenary session from Monday to Thursday, the parliament approved resolutions on the foreign policy consequences of the COVID-19 outbreak and the EU’s trade policy, parts of which were viewed as friendly toward Taiwan by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In a statement yesterday, the ministry welcomed the passage of the resolutions and thanked the parliament for its support for Taiwan. In the first resolution, the parliament cited Beijing’s increasing threats to Taiwan, the crackdown on
LOOPHOLES: The people behind biased media content produced by a Chinese network, likely without sending staff to Taiwan, remain anonymous, a source said Beijing’s latest attempt at psychological warfare through heavily biased online media is aimed at sowing discord and polarizing Taiwanese society, the Mainland Affairs Council (MAC) said. The council’s comment came in response to Chinese network Southeast Television, which late last month began broadcasting an online program featuring commentary by Taiwanese unification supporters that authorities suspect was filmed illegally in Taiwan. To circumvent cross-strait regulations, the broadcaster collaborated with online service provider Baidu to air the series titles Diverse Voices From the Taiwan Strait (台海百家說). Only Taiwanese are shown on camera, without revealing the host, interviewer or production team. In one video, political commentator and
SUPPRESSION: Michael Tsai, a former defense minister, said that Beijing’s list of Taiwan independence advocates contravenes the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights The best way to respond to threats from China against Taiwan independence advocates is for the president to publicly reiterate Taiwan’s sovereignty, former minister of national defense Michael Tsai (蔡明憲) said on Sunday. Chinese media on Nov. 15 said that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was compiling “a list of stubborn Taiwanese separatists and will severely punish them in accordance with [China’s] Anti-Secession Law and hold them accountable for their actions for the rest of their lives.” Chinese media subsequently accused Premier Su Tseng-chang (蘇貞昌) of being a “first-rate war criminal,” because of his policy on mask exports. “The vast majority
Trial runs on the first line of Taichung’s MRT rail system could be further delayed after the Taichung City Government asked for more comprehensive safety checks following a malfunction. Trial runs on the Green Line began on Nov. 16, but were suspended after one of the trains on Nov. 21 reported a malfunction at the Taichung High Speed Rail Station terminal. Taichung Mass Rapid Transit Corp (TMRTC) the same day said that all services would be suspended until the problem is resolved. Kawasaki Heavy Industries, the train’s manufacturer, said that a US-made coupling connecting two carriages had broken, which the