Taipei, Nov. 5 (CNA) The 2021 Taipei International Travel Fair opened on Friday with dozens of foreign embassies and representative offices in hopes of attracting the attention of visitors with exhibits from their country.
The annual show, held until Monday at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, is one of Taiwan’s most popular travel shows and has exhibitors from more than 40 countries, including more than 30 ambassadors and representatives. foreigners.
The West Indian allies of Taiwan and the Philippines were among those who had their diplomats on hand to help present travel ideas to Taiwanese vacationers and lure them to their country.
The St. Kitts and Nevis booth welcomed Taiwanese guests with award-winning games and cultural activities.
“Our goal and our goal is to expose the Taiwanese public to this new alternative destination,” St. Kitts and Nevis Ambassador Jasmine Elise Huggins told CNA.
“[We hope] to convince them through the activities we have here at the booth and through educational campaigns with our brochures and talking to them, they will be inspired to go to St. Kitts and Nevis, ”said Huggins.
One of the country’s tourism highlights that may interest local travelers is the “St. Kitts and Nevis National Carnival,” which takes place between Christmas and New Years, Huggins said.
“It takes place from December 26 to January 2 and this is where you organize activities such as beauty pageants, indigenous music contests and street dancing from dawn until sunrise,” Huggins said. “It’s a very happy, very relaxed, very happy time.”
Another Caribbean ally with major celebrations is Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, which promotes “Vincy Mas”, a 10-day carnival celebration that takes place between June and July.
“It’s the hottest carnival in the Caribbean,” said Ambassador of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Andrea Bowman. “The Taiwanese would love it, and what is on it is the party, a lot of shows, competitions, dancing, eating, just a wonderful time.”
Saint Lucia’s ambassador, Edwin Laurent, is also welcoming visitors to Taiwan, who hopes by the end of next year to work with travel agents to set up packages to visit his country.
“They will see our beautiful mountains and the romantic family scenes because we are very family,” Laurent said. “In addition, we have the hot springs where we can treat the skin with special volcanic mud.”
Hazel Habito Javier, director of the Philippine Department of Tourism in Taiwan, was at the show to remind Taiwanese of the beauty of their country and welcome potential tourists when the Philippines reopens for tourism.
When asked when the restrictions would be lifted, Javier responded optimistically early next year as more people get vaccinated in the Philippines.
“In fact, Taiwan is our # 5 source market, which is why this market is very important to us,” Javier said.
A total of 331,792 Taiwanese visited the Philippines in 2019, according to data from the Taiwan Tourism Bureau.
Organized by the Taiwan Visitors Association, the show is one of the largest tourism-related business events in the region and attracted 384,834 visitors in 2019 before dropping to 76,876 visitors in the first two days of the show. last year due to COVID-19.