Friday,  March 24, 2023  8:10 am

Taiwan embraces small town tourism for 2019

Taiwan embraces small town tourism for 2019
Ming Tappin

Ming Tappin is a cruise industry expert and is the owner of Your Cruise Coach.

Ahead of next year’s “2019 Small Town Tourism” campaign, the Taiwan Tourism Bureau and several of its travel industry partners met with Vancouver-area travel partners to share product and destination updates.

"Taiwan is big enough to offer a diversity of tourist attractions, yet small enough to provide easy access to them," said Ying-Huei Cheng of the Taiwan Tourism Bureau. "We are confident that you and your clients will be amazed by what Taiwan has to offer."

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Partner updates

Here's a look at Taiwan's travel partners in attendance at the event:

China Airlines

  • Flies to 157 cities in 29 countries
  • Daily flights from Vancouver on Airbus 350 with business, premium economy and economy cabin
  • Codeshare flights with WestJet, member of Sky Team
  • Direct flights also available from LAX, SFO, ONT, HNL and JFK

Lion Travel

  • Inbound tour operator with office in Richmond
  • Offers transportation, day tours, hotels and corporate travel
  • Three departures onboard Princess Cruises and 1 sailing onboard Costa Cruises available in 2019

Tai-Yi Red Maple Resort & Spa

  • Located in Central Taiwan in Nantou County, part of the 50-acre Tai-Yi Ecological Leisure Farm
  • 73 rooms with forest views on four seasonal themed floors
  • Three restaurants, Flora spa, conference centre
  • Access to rainforest garden, butterfly pavilion, sculpture park, seasonal fruit picking and more

My Taiwan Tour

  • Offers more than 50 planned tours
  • Accommodations ranging from B&Bs to 5-star hotels
  • Also offers private tours and complete customization for individuals or groups

Golden Foundation Tours

  • Inbound tour operator for English speaking guests
  • Offers net rates to travel agents
  • Wide range of services including meet & greet, transfers, city tours, cruise shore excursions

Edison Tours

  • Office is open 7 days a week
  • Tour service provider to Abercrombie & Kent
  • FIT packages from 1-day city tours to 5-day program around Taiwan
  • Caters to groups and offers customization

China Travel Services Taiwan

  • Taiwan’s first travel agency, in business for 90 years
  • Offers cruise shore excursions, incentive tours, MICE, customized tours
  • Owns Silks Place Taroko – a 5-star hotel in Taroko National Park

Air Canada

  • Daily flight YVR to TPE from end of May to end of October, then reduced to 5X weekly flights
  • The only airline with day time departures and day time arrival to TPE
  • Departs YVR 1100, arrives TPE 1415, just in time for hotel check-in
  • Departs TPE 1600 perfect for noon hotel check-out and leisure transfer to airport


  • Daily flight YVR to TPE on B777-300 aircraft
  • 38 Business class seats, 56 premium economy and 253 economy seats
  • EVA is the pioneer of premium economy class
  • Rated 5-star airline by Skytrax

Taiwan Fast Facts

  • Transportation: four international airports, high speed rail connecting west side of island, reliable public bus system
  • Accommodations: from home stays to major hotel chains, and five-star resorts and spas
  • Culinary Delight: from night markets, street carts to Michelin-starred restaurants
  • Activities: hiking, biking, white water rafting, festivals, shopping

Taiwan in Numbers

  • 420 km long by 110 km wide, roughly the size of Vancouver Island
  • Population: 24 million
  • Received 670,000 visitors from North America in 2017
  • Home to 286 peaks taller than 3,000 metres
  • No visa required for visits up to 90 days