Taoyuan rolls out travel package for new immigrants

Taoyuan Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦) (Photo courtesy of CNA, 2018.5.14)

Taipei, May 14 (CNA) Taoyuan has introduced new travel packages showcasing scenic spots and local festivals to give new immigrants a glimpse of the city’s beauty and culture, Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan (鄭文燦) said Monday.

One of the major industrial and commercial areas in northern Taiwan, Taoyuan is home to some 110,000 migrant workers and 58,000 foreign spouses, and it came up with the measure in line with a central government policy to form closer ties with Southeast Asia, Cheng said in a radio interview.

For a fee of NT$600 (about US$20) for a single-day trip, participants will be able to tour major tourist attractions in Taoyuan and take part in local festivals to enjoy the city’s culture, he said.

According to Lu Chung-hao (呂中豪), head of the Taoyuan Association of Travel Agents, it will first target those from the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia.

Yang Sheng-ping (楊勝評), director of Taoyuan’s tourism department, said the trips will come with bilingual guides to help them gain a better understanding of Taoyuan.

(By Wu Jui-chi and Flor Wang)