Bringing together a contingent of representatives from China Airlines, the Hong Kong Tourism Board, and the Taiwan Tourism Bureau, Silk Holidays stopped in Calgary as part of a three-city tour "2 Stories, One Trip" that also includes Victoria and Edmonton.
At the Coast Plaza Hotel and Conference Centre, more than 70 agents were treated to an exploration into two cities that offer more than just skyscrapers and cityscapes. “While Hong Kong and Taipei are hub cities connecting travellers to other parts of Asia, we want to show you that there is so much more in both cities,” said Kenny Fan, supervisor sales & marketing, Silk Holidays.
Their tailor made tours include cultural excursions that are unique to the city whether it be the Symphony of Lights cruise, Ocean Park and Hong Kong Island; to Taipei Night Market Tours, Tea Plantation or Hot Springs Tours and the Pingxi Sky Lantern Experience in Taiwan.
Betty Lam, senior executive of the Hong Kong Tourism Board shares that "more than 90 per cent of travellers coming to Hong Kong are looking for experiences. We want to share our 'Best of All It's in Hong Kong' campaign so that travellers can discover Hong Kong like a local. A city full of vibrant colours and trends, it boasts a mix of exciting cultural cities landscapes with the tranquility of nature right beside it.”
Hong Kong experiences have been categorized into six main areas including attractions, dining, arts and culture, festivals, outdoors and neighbourhoods.
Guests can experience popular tourist attractions including the Star Ferry, the Peak Tram Cale Car, harbour cruises, Hong Kong Disneyland and Ocean Park. More than 14,000 restaurants provide a variety of dining experiences and self guided walking tours so that all guests can enjoy the food, architecture, boutiques, shopping and highlights of Hong Kong.
Travel agents can learn more about Hong Kong and complete the Hong Kong Tourism Travel Agent Specialist course at www.partnernet.hktb.comand and register for exclusive benefits.
Emily Chen, deputy director, Taiwan Tourism Bureau encourages agents to explore Taiwan as one of the best kept secret destinations in Asia. “Taiwan is the heart of Asia. It is a small island but there is so much to experience," Chen said.
Guests connecting through Taiwan with seven to 24-hour layovers are eligible for a free half-day tour in Taipei.
Experience a diverse choice of gourmet dining choices including 20 restaurants awarded distinction in the Michelin Guide to local street food night markets offering the freshest ingredients available.
Outdoor enthusiasts can explore the tranquility and beauty of the National Parks. Sun Moon Lake was identified as one of the “Top 10 Most Beautiful Bike Paths in the World” by CNN, perfect for cyclists.
The Taiwan travel agent training program is available at www.taiwanspecialistprogram.com.
China Airlines connects Asia to the world. As members of the SkyTeam global network, the airline is the leading carrier of Taiwan and is expanding to offer more gateways from Canada and the US. Vancouver is their Canadian gateway offer daily service to Taipei, with both WestJet and Air Canada providing interline domestic service from other Canadian cities.
A brand new aircraft A350 launched with spacious seats and unique interior designs to offer an excellent inflight experience. Guests can register for SkyTeam Member benefits and the China Airlines Dynasty Flyer Program to enjoy exclusive benefits and rewards, including access to the first SkyTeam Lounge in North America, located in the Vancouver International Airport.
With the purchase of a China Airlines ticket, passengers may enjoy a 20 per cent discount on the Taiwan High Speed Rail to explore the island.