Vietnam, Chinese Taipei promote mutual tourism

09:48 | 03/05/2017 Culture & Tourism

(VEN) - Vietnam expects to welcome one million tourists from Chinese Taipei, and this territory hopes to attract 500,000 Vietnamese visitors in 2017, Shi Rui Qi, Chief Representative of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Hanoi, said at a recent workshop held by the Taiwan Tourism Bureau in Hanoi.

Vietnam and Chinese Taipei expect strong increases in two-way tourist flows

The workshop was one of Chinese Taipei’s major tourism promotion activities in Vietnam this year. It provided Vietnamese tourism and travel firms with the latest information about Chinese Taipei tourism, and better knowledge of the visa policy for tourist groups, in an effort to increase the number of Vietnamese tourists to Chinese Taipei.

According to the Taiwan Tourism Bureau, since November 2015, Chinese Taipei has welcomed 1,800 groups with 28,597 tourists under a specific e-visa program. In the first two months of this year, more than 40,000 Vietnamese tourists visited Chinese Taipei, a rise of 91.04 percent compared with the same period in 2016.

Ngo Hoai Chung, Deputy Director General of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, said that nearly 700,000 Vietnamese and Chinese Taipei tourists visited each other’s countries in 2016. This included 167,000 Vietnamese tourists to Chinese Taipei, a rise of 14 percent compared with 2015, and more than 507,000 Chinese Taipei tourists to Vietnam, up 37 percent. In the first three months of this year, more than 150,000 Chinese Taipei tourists visited Vietnam.

To attract more Vietnamese tourists to Chinese Taipei, the Taiwan Tourism Bureau is promoting this territory’s image in Vietnam. It has adopted a tourist attraction slogan that roughly translated means “Lifestyle of Health and Sustainability”.

In addition to the introduction of a specific visa policy for tour groups, the Chinese Taipei tourism sector expects the 2017 World University Games this August will attract a large number of Vietnamese tourists.

The Taiwan Tourism Bureau led a delegation of travel firms to the 2017 Vietnam International Travel Mart that took place in Hanoi from April 6-9 to present useful information about Chinese Taipei’s tourism. The bureau is also cooperating with Vietnamese tourism and travel companies to popularize Chinese Taipei’s tourism products among Vietnamese people.

The Taiwan Tourism Bureau expects a suitable visa policy along with efforts to promote outstanding tourism products will help

Chinese Taipei attract a large number of Vietnamese tourists in 2017.

Quynh Hoa