Taiwan is a fascinating and easy-to-reach island – and agents in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane will soon have the opportunity to learn more about it. The Taiwan Tourism Bureau is hosting a series of road shows.
The country reminds some people of China (though you don’t need a visa to visit Taiwan) and others of Japan. In fact Taiwan reflects a mix of Chinese, Western, Japanese and indigenous influences. According to a DNA study, the ancestors of New Zealand’s Maori people came originally from Taiwan.
Taiwan remains very much its own land, with its own special culture, history and scenery.
As one of the most-respected travel guidebooks, the Rough Guides, observes: “Taiwan remains largely undiscovered and seriously underrated by Western travellers, but those that make it here are in for a real treat.”
Taiwan’s superb food and festivals impress visitors. The country also boasts a dramatic and lesser-known hinterland, which includes the phenomenal Taroko Gorge. There are eight national parks, offshore islands and hot-spring resorts.
Another observation from Rough Guides: “One of the most endearing things about the island is the overwhelming friendliness of its people – Taiwan is one of the most welcoming countries in the world, and you are bound to encounter numerous acts of generosity or kindness throughout your travels, whether it’s a taxi driver rounding down a fare, a stranger helping with directions or a family providing a bed for the night.”
Travel agents can learn more about Taiwan at the following Taiwan Tourism 2015 Annual Roadshow events:
Sydney: Monday 14 September. Venue: Westin Sydney, 5.30pm
Melbourne: Wednesday 16 September. Venue: Westin Melbourne, 5.30pm.
Brisbane: Thursday 17 September. Venue: Hilton Brisbane, 5.30pm.
Written by : Peter Needham