TAIPEI (The China Post/ANN) – Eighty-six foreign buyers from 22 nations had a head start in talks of partnerships and business deals at yesterday’s Travel Mart – a procurement meeting organized by the Taiwan Visitors Association. Buyers were introduced to 122 local travel agencies and resorts, where they were enlightened on Taiwan’s finest tourist attractions.

It’s so convenient,” said Naaimah Abdullah, director of TM Tours & Travel SDN BHD from Malaysia. “With around 80% of Muslim in Malaysia, I am looking for products that are Muslim friendly,” she added. Aside from looking for hotels, Abdullah’s company also handles student exchange programs and free travel incentives. “I met with many hotel agents, and I also have a local agent to assist me,” she continued.

Lieve Gorter, partnership marketing manager at Travix from the Netherlands, also shared her excitement about today’s event. “It’s my first time in Taiwan,” she went on. “I think it’s good so far. The well-organized schedule makes it very convenient for us to look for what we want.” Since her customers are mainly Europeans, she is looking for travel packages for “mountain climbing or cycling” for the Dutch market.

Fumiaki Hayashi, from the planning tour team of H.I.S, is also looking for specific products for his Japanese customers during his third visit to Taipei ITF. “Our company is mainly collecting travel plans in Taiwan and promoting them to Japanese tourists. We already have a lot of travel packages here, but recently we have been promoting sight-visiting of official buildings.”

While the list of Taiwan’s landscape attractions goes on, many representatives noted the value of the culture rooted in Taiwan. “(The Travel Mart) is well organized. I met with a lot of hotel agents and learn plenty of information,” Hayashi concluded.