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City Holds Reception for Indonesian Travel Industry Delegation

In a bid to tap into Indonesian and Muslim tourism market and as part of the central government’s New Southbound Policy, the Department of Information and Tourism (TPEDOIT) hosted a dinner banquet for 200 dignitaries from the travel industry and media outlets of 23 Indonesian cities on November 15.

The itinerary for their eight-day-long sojourn in Taiwan from November 9 through 16 includes trips to Taoyuan, Tainan, Chiayi, Kaohsiung, and Taipei.

At the event, TPEDOIT Commissioner Chien Yu-yen briefed the dignitaries on Taipei’s tourist attractions, Muslim-friendly environment, and the upcoming 2017 Taipei Universiade, while seeking to explore collaborative opportunities to promote tourism in Taipei. The attendees expressed their gratitude when receiving a brochure in Indonesian and a Muslim worship blanket with a compass, among other thoughtful gifts from TPEDOIT.

According to Chien, Indonesia boasts a population of 250 million. As the largest Muslim country in the world, 86% of its population practice Islam. Since Taiwan loosened visa restrictions for Indonesia this September, the island has seen a 17.88% year-on-year rise the same month in tourists arriving from the South Asian country. Statistics also suggests that only 18% of Indonesian visitors come to Taiwan for travel purposes, indicating there is still room for growth.

To underscore Taipei’s effort in creating a Muslim friendly environment, Chien noted that there are 41 Halal restaurants and hotels in the city; Muslim prayer rooms and related facilities at Taipei Railway Station, City Hall, and other places; as well as “pork free” and “nonalcoholic” signs across 32 night markets. The City also invited Indonesian singer Siti Badriah to perform at Expo Dome during the important festival Idul Fitri in July.

The group has visited 1914 Huashan Creative Park, Ximending, Xinyi Commercial District, Taipei 101, and Taipei Discovery Center. The members were impressed at the city’s convenient transportation, hospitality, and good social order.