TAIPEI, Taiwan – The first-ever tourism conference between Taiwan and Vietnam will be held Wednesday in Taipei, with both sides aiming to develop travel exchanges and achieve sustainable growth in the sector, the Tourism Bureau said Tuesday.
The two countries are expected to build on previous success in tourism cooperation to further share travel-related information, tourism official Yuan Kai-chih said.
Earlier this year, Taiwan and Vietnam inked a tourism cooperation agreement that sought to promote bilateral tourism investment, fairs, and training programs for professionals in the field.
During Wednesday’s conference, the 30-member Vietnamese delegation led by Nguyen Van Tuan, head of the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism, will meet with about 50 local tourism officials led by bureau chief David Hsieh, Yuan said.
The Vietnamese team will also visit major tourist destinations in Taiwan, including Sun Moon Lake and Fo Guang Shan Monastery, to discuss with local agents about developing future travel packages, she said. According to bureau statistics, a total of 310,000 visits were made by Taiwanese travelers to Vietnam last year and about 90,000 visits were made by Vietnamese to Taiwan.
During the first 10 months of 2012, the number of Vietnamese visitors coming to Taiwan for leisure purposes has surged by 45.63 percent to 5,585 people, the bureau said.