Taichung named among 3 global top vacation rental hot spots in 2018

The famous church in Tunghai University, Taichung. (Photo courtesy of NOWNews)

Taipei, (CNA) Taichung in Taiwan, Cebu in the Philippines and Sapporo in Japan have been designated the top three destinations set to grow in popularity with travelers this year, according to the HomeAway Asia 2018 Trend Report unveiled earlier this month by HomeAway, an Austin, Texas based vacation rental platform.

Describing Taichung as Taiwan’s gateway city to the island’s mountainous interior, the report details the area’s rich history, beautiful natural scenery and calls it a perfect choice for tourists looking to escape crowded Taipei.

With an abundance of affordable food choices and amazing shopping districts, tourists are slowly flocking to the central city, according to the report.

HomeAway currently offers more than 2 million places to stay, according to Expedia, the parent company of the world leader in vacation rentals.

Taichung City government characterized the city as an up and coming tourist destination. At the same time, Taipei and Taichung were the only cities in Taiwan to feature in the top 100 city destination rankings 2017 released by Euromonitor International, a global market research firm, based on international visitor arrivals.

Fengyuan bicycle lane in Taichung. (Photo courtesy of NOWNews)

The city government said it is working hard to encourage more international travelers to use Taichung International Airport by actively promoting local scenic spots such as Gaomei wetlands and Guguan hot springs, while also developing tourist attractions, such as dance events, music performances and art exhibitions.

(By Hao Hsueh-chin and Evelyn Kao)