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Vloggers prepare to film in Taiwan for tourism

Staff writer, with CNA

The creators of a popular YouTube channel, who are shooting a promotional film in Taiwan at the invitation of the Tourism Bureau, yesterday said that they are looking forward to many experiences in the nation — including having their hair washed.

“The idea of sitting in a chair with no sink around is a really unique concept,” said Martina Stawski, who hosts the Eat Your Kimchi channel with her husband, Simon Stawski.

Relaxing through a full-course treatment that includes hair-washing, scalp massage, shoulder massage and styling all for a low cost sounds very attractive, she said.

The Canadian couple said they pitched an idea to the Tourism Bureau for its promotional campaign, in which six groups of popular foreign YouTube vloggers were commissioned to shoot short films about the nation to boost tourism.

The duo, whose YouTube channel mainly documents their travel experiences in South Korea and is followed by more than 860,000 subscribers, said they are eager to try the nation’s gourmet food during their four-day journey.

Having already sampled traditional Taiwanese snacks, such as soy milk, radish cakes, dried shredded-squid and bubble tea, the couple said the wide selection of food choices in the country has “blown their minds.”

The footage is to be made into a 10-minute film and uploaded to the couple’s channel on Nov. 25, while related materials are also be posted to the bureau’s official channel, the bureau said.

The bureau and Google Inc launched the second phase of a global campaign last month to boost tourism in Taiwan via popular YouTube vloggers.

Taiwan saw a record-high number of foreign visitors last year, about 10 million.

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