Taipei-The annual Taipei International Travel Fair will feature major presences by South Korean and Japanese tourism operators amid growing interest in travel to those countries.
South Korea will be among the biggest participants of any at the travel fair, the largest of its kind in Taiwan.
It will feature 80 Korean tourism organizations occupying 46 booths, according to the Taiwan Visitors Association (TVA), and Korean pop stars will be on hand to draw people to booths showcasing Korean attractions.
The Japan pavilion will have 175 booths, primarily featuring Kyushu and its prefectures of Fukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Oita and Miyazaki, which are being represented at the show for the first time.
Outbound travel to the two Northeast Asian countries has grown steadily, according to Tourism Bureau statistics.
A total of 1 million and 4.8 million Taiwanese visited South Korea and Japan last year, respectively, up 22 percent and 4 percent from the previous year.
The travel fair will also welcome representatives from Northern Cyprus and Montenegro for the first time, the TVA said.
There will be around 1,600 booths from 60 countries at the fair, to be held Nov. 8-11 at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center.
The event accommodated about the same number of booths and attracted almost 380,000 visitors last year, up 2.66 percent from the previous year.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel