TAIWAN has recently launched an aggressive tourism campaign in the Philippines, hoping to attract 700,000 Filipino travelers this year.
Around 120 participants from various Philippine travel agencies and other stakeholders attended Taiwan’s first tourism workshop Thursday in Pasay City.
“We see a great potential in the Philippine tourism market,” Wallace Minn-gan Chow, deputy chief of Mission of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office said in his speech.
In 2019, before the pandemic, Filipino tourists who visited Taiwan have reached 509,000.
Last year, the number of visitors from Manila has reached 315,000.
Sarah Chen, division chief of Taiwan Tourism Administration, they are “going all out of their way” to double that figure, above the prepandemic levelss.
“We are planning to establish an office in Manila,” Chen revealed, referring to the TTA office whose marketing arm for Philippines is based in Bangkok.
The TECO official said with the target to exceed the prepandemic levels, he thinks that Taiwan will extend the visa free travel privileges again to the Philippine passport holders.
Last year, the Taiwanese Foreign Ministry announced that nationals of the Philippines, Thailand and Brunei will be exempted from securing visas upon arrival in Taiwan.
The visa-free entry is set to expire on July 31, 2024.
“In my personal experience, I think it is very likely that the visa-free entry will be extended to our Filipino friend. It is mutually beneficial if we provide you this visa-free program,” Wallace told BusinesMirror.
He added that the Taiwanese government will make the announcement sooner to give Filipino travelers more time to prepare.
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