Taipei City Mayor in Bangkok: “Hong Kong is Boring”

Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je, speaking at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok today drew laughter from reporters when he said “Hong Kong is boring.” Ko responded to questions from reporters after a statement from a Thai tourism industry leader during a lunch meeting, who said that considering Taiwan’s recently implemented visa-waiver program for Thai visitors, and with increased publicity, the number of Thai visitors to Taiwan could surpass that of Hong Kong. Thai visitor numbers to Hong Kong last year surpassed

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Double-Decker Buses Begin Service in Taipei

A fleet of open-top double-decker buses offering tours of Taipei City were officially launched today January 18, 2017. The bright red buses reminiscent of London’s famous buses, will operate on 2 routes that take in Taipei’s major attractions. Audio guides are available in four languages: English, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Tickets start from NT$300 for a four-hour tour, and from now until Chinese New Year’s eve, people traveling in pairs can take advantage of a 2 for 1 special. The

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Local Tour Guides Panic about Foreign Tour Guides

A bill put to the legislature that proposes “Westerners” be allowed to act as tour guides in Taiwan has caused a panic among local tour guides, according to a report in United Daily News. Liberty Times Network reported that legislator Hsiao Bi-khim (蕭美琴) put forward the proposal to amend the law to allow expatriates in Taiwan to act as tour guides. Under the proposal, Taiwan residents of foreign nationality, including foreign spouses, expatriates, and students, would be allowed to “assist

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Tourism Operators Introduce Combined Orchid Island and Green Island Ferry Route

Tourism operators in Taitung today introduced a new ferry route that will allow travelers to purchase one ticket to visit both Green Island and Orchid Island. Daily services will begin May 1. Up till now visitors who went to either Island had to take a ferry back to Fugang Harbor to board a separate ferry to go to the other island. An industry spokesperson said the new route offers provides convenience and cost savings for visitors to the islands. A

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