Travel agencies at the upcoming Taiwan International Tourism Expo will be seeking to ride on the popularity of the mobile game Pokemon Go by offering travel packages aimed at players, the expo organizers said Tuesday.
At the fair Aug. 26-29, participating travel agencies will offer tours that promote hunts for Pokemon virtual monsters in various parts of Taiwan and in other countries, the organizers said at a press conference.
Life Tour travel agency, for example, said it will offer six-day group tours to New York, Paris and the Gold Coast for under NT$40,000 (US$1,260).
The itinerary is likely to be attractive to Pokemon monster chasers as it will allow them to hunt Pokemon monsters on different continents, the agency said.
Life Tour Public Relations officer Teng Ming-chun said at least a dozen people had called her agency for additional information within an hour after the package was launched.
The company is confident that there is a niche market for Pokemon tours, she said.
"Local Pokemon Go masters probably have already collected all the monsters they could in Taiwan and are now casting their ambitions worldwide," she said.
To customize the Pokemon theme trips, diverse travel routes and portable Wi-Fi routers will be provided, according to Teng.
However, just like the northern light tours, which do not promise an aurora experience, Teng said there will be no refund or compensation if tourists fail to catch monsters.
Meanwhile, Ming Shan Hotel in central Taiwan's Nantou County said it will offer a NT$999 price for the second day of a two-day stay so that tourists can chase monsters "without worry."
The tourism expo will be held at Taipei World Trade Center Hall 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Admission is NT$130 at the door, and some 220,000 visitors are expected to attend, according to the organizers.
Source: Focus Taiwan