At the morning session of the 2019 International Forum for the Development of Trends on Metropolitan Travel and Accommodation on January 17, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je pointed out that the occupancy rates of Taipei city tourist hotels are around 70%, and around 60% for general hotels. But in recent years, the internet has given rise to the worldwide sharing economy, including online reservation platforms such as Airbnb. Ever the straight talker, he added that if the hotel occupancy rate stood at 90
Travel agents from Chiang Mai, Thailand and representatives of AirAsia visited Kaohsiung to learn about the city’s tourism on December 12. They were especially amazed by the Fo Guang Shan Buddha Museum and look forward to introducing the beautiful city to more package-tour and independent visitors from their country. They also welcome collaborations in the near future.
To herald in the New Year, Mayor Ko Wen-je attended the 2019 New Year’s Eve Countdown Party at City Hall Plaza on December 31. He joined the crowd during the countdown event and the fireworks show.
The Tourism Bureau of Kaohsiung just organized a forum on Muslim tourism for local businesses. KADIN Indonesia, industry representatives, and Muslim-friendly certified restaurant owners gathered together to discuss how to make Kaohsiung more accessible for Muslim visitors. The Kaohsiung City Government aims to provide enjoyable experiences for Muslims, while making the city’s tourism more prosperous.
The 2018 Taipei-Shanghai Forum took place in Taipei City on December 20. Deputy Mayor Teng Chia-ji greeted the guests from Shanghai on behalf of Mayor Ko Wen-je and citizens of Taipei during his opening address. He noted that this year marks the ninth forum and hopes that Shanghai’s Deputy Mayor Zhou Bo has already experienced the hospitality of locals during his stay. He also expressed his gratitude to Zhou for attending the event in person and brought a large delegation from Shanghai.
Tainan City Government Deputy Secretary-general Lee Hsien-wei led a delegation to Katowice, Poland, to take part in the "Multi-Stakeholders’ Adaptation Action to Respond to Climate Vulnerability", a side event of the UN Climate Change Conference December 2018 (COP 24). During the session, which was organized by Green Club and Université Cadi Ayyad (UCA), Tainan City shared its experience and achievements in promoting smart city policies. In addition, Tainan also presented its experiences in dev
Taoyuan City Mayor Cheng Wen-Tsan attended “Asia Silicon Valley x Smart Aerotropolis” Summit” at Novotel Taipei Taoyuan International Airport in Dayuan District on December 6 and stated IoT industries formed a large industrial cluster in Taoyuan. ICT corporations and innovative corporations were established one by one, and this was the reason why Asia Silicon Valley plan took Taoyuan as the headquarter. The zone expropriation of Taoyuan Aerotropolis plan would be approved in March 2020, and the
Taoyuan City Mayor Cheng Wen-Tsan hosted the municipal administrative meeting on November 28 and accepted 2 books from Department of Public Health and Department of Land Administration: “Kuching City Government's Municipal Administration Development” and “The Guardian of Sarawak.” In addition, Department of Public Works also presented “AHFC's Award for Creative Developments in Healthy Cities.”
Taoyuan City, northern Taiwan, won the Best Practice in Citizen Participation award from the International Observatory on Participatory Democracy Nov. 27 in Barcelona for a program to help empower migrant workers.
In contrast to the bold colors and loud displays of Western floral arrangements, Eastern designs are inspired by the delicate brushwork of calligraphy. The aim is to present a poetic sense of stillness and elegance.