Taipei seeks to boost S Korea, China tourist levels

By Mo Yan-chih  /  Staff reporter

Wed, Jul 04, 2012 - Page 3

With an estimated 300,000 South Korean tourists visiting Taipei this year thanks to the direct flight service which operates between Taipei International Airport (Songshan airport) and Gimpo Airport in Seoul, the Taipei City Department of Information and Tourism is offering budget tour packages aimed at tourists from the country that include coupons for various retail outlets.

The department said it will provide NT$30,000 of coupons to South Korean visitors while well-known hotels in Taipei, including the W Hotel Taipei and Radium Kagaya, will also offer discounts, it added.

Commissioner Chao Hsin-ping (趙心屏) said the department had invited 15 journalists and travel bloggers from South Korea to experience the charms of the city and it would take them to handicraft stores and Taiwanese designers’ shops, given that South Korean tourists are interested in the city’s cultural and creative industries, during a three-day city promotion tour.

Meanwhile, a total of 15 Chinese journalists are to be invited to Taipei today to tour the city. Chinese tourists remain the biggest group of foreign tourists who visit Taiwan.

“Taipei’s popularity as a tourist destination is growing among South Korean tourists, especially individual tourists and backpackers. We expect the promotional program to attract more tourists to visit Taipei, boosting tourism in our city,” Chao said.

The city will arrange for the journalists and travel bloggers to visit major attractions today, including Beitou Hot Spring Museum, Beitou Library and the National Palace Museum, as well as Zhongshan N Street, where many Taiwanese designers have opened shops, the department said.