‘Taiwan Fans’ who revisit the nation on the rise, says the Tourism Bureau

The China Post news staff

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Winners of the “Taiwan Fans” contest, launched to celebrate the milestone of Taiwan reaching its 10 millionth foreign visitor, have been unveiled on its official website, the Tourism Bureau (觀光局) has announced.

Five winners will be rewarded with 10 free vouchers each to stay in certain luxury hotels nationwide. Officials said the winners have all traveled to the country at least five times, and shared their impressions on the food, people and traditional cultures of Taiwan with the public. “They have witnessed that tourism in Taiwan is improving both in quality and quantity,” officials said. According to figures released by the bureau, revisit rates for tourists from Macau and Hong Kong exceed 70 percent, those for Japanese and American visitors are nearly 50 percent, and those for travelers from Singapore and Malaysia combined are approximately 42 percent.

One winner from the U.S., a woman surnamed Lee, said food is one of the most important aspects when she travels. Traditional tastes remain in the country’s food culture, said Lee. “My favorite is the classic braised pork rice.” Another winner from Singapore, a man surnamed Tong, said Taiwan is his favorite country among the many places he has traveled to because the natural scenery has not become too commercialized, and he loves the diversity of cuisines on offer.

Tong also said Taipei is his favorite city because it is a mix of the old and the new, the traditional and the modern.