Lithuania looks forward to assisting tourism and travel companies in creating charter-flight tour packages destined for Taiwan, said Lithuania’s head of tourism Dalius Morkvenas at a travel symposium in Taipei on Monday.
Morkvenas was speaking to Taiwan’s Tourism Bureau Deputy Director-General Lin Hsin-jen (林信任) at the Taiwan-Lithuania bilateral travel panel at the 2021 Taipei International Travel Fair (ITF) via video conferencing.
He said that with the world slowly returning to normal from the COVID-19 pandemic, Lithuania anticipates deepening ties with Taiwan, first with the establishment of Lithuania’s representative office, followed by Lithuanian tourism to Taiwan.
Morkvenas serves as the director of travel and tourism at “Lithuania Travel,” the Baltic nation’s agency responsible for tourism marketing and promotion, following the liquidation of Lithuania’s tourism department in 2019.
A guest of honor at the ITF, Morkvenas spoke to Taiwan via video link for the panel.
He said that since global tourism is one of the main industries that was hit hard during the pandemic, companies would look to initiate new partnerships as the pandemic eases.
He further revealed that at a business-to-business event in Lithuania last month, Taiwanese and Lithuanian companies had engaged in discussions to find mutually beneficial partners to help establish solid tourism ties between both nations.
Morkvenas said having an air-travel connection is an important factor in tourism, and that Lithuania is prepared to help travel companies create and promote charter-flight tours to Taiwan.
As this year’s symposium revolves around the theme of the world needing to coexist with the COVID-19 pandemic, Morkvenas’ discussion with Lin was one of the highlights of the ITF, which ended on Monday.
During the discussion, Lin suggested that Taiwan could use freedom and democracy as selling points to appeal to Lithuanians, as both virtues are mutually valued in both nations.
Lin also said that with Taiwan’s outdoor scenic attractions, local businesses should strike while the iron is hot and promote post-pandemic outdoor tourism to Lithuania.
At the panel, a local participant suggested organizing cultural exchanges as a means of promoting bilateral tourism between Lithuania and Taiwan.
In response, Lin said that the idea would be a possibility for the future, seeing how Taiwan and Japan had already set a precedent with significant cooperation and bilateral appearances at each other’s respective festivals and celebrations.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel