Taiwan promotes its gastronomy and cycling routes at the South Korean tourism fair

Seoul, June 27 (CNA) Taiwan’s promotion of its delicacies and bike lanes at the 2021 Seoul International Tourism Fair over the past four days has generated positive reactions from visitors to the fair.

The annual event, described by its organizers as one of the most important of its kind in South Korea, was held in Seoul from June 24 to 27 and Taiwan had the largest national presence in the exhibition hall.

Taiwan’s delicacies, trails and scenic spots were highlighted in the pavilion and presented to the fair’s visitors using virtual reality technology.

“I have a good impression of Taiwan. The streets are clean and the people are friendly,” one of the visitors who stopped at the pavilion told CNA.

“I have a lot of Taiwanese friends. If I get a chance to go abroad for fun, Taiwan will definitely be one of my destinations,” said another visitor.

Many who visited the Taiwan Pavilion also told CNA that apart from big cities like Taipei and Kaohsiung, most wanted to explore the mountains and coastline of Taiwan.

In the official publication distributed at the fair, Taiwan presented itself as one of the candidates in the South Korean government’s travel bubble program, along with Singapore, Thailand, Guam and Saipan.

On June 9, the South Korean government said it was looking for travel bubble agreements with the five destinations to boost tourism, but there has been no further news since.

According to data from the Taiwan Tourism Bureau, the number of Taiwanese tourists visiting South Korea and South Korean tourists visiting Taiwan amounted to 2.45 million in 2019 before COVID-19 narrowed the frequency of most international travel by 2020.

(By Liao Yu-yang and Emerson Lim)

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