2007 Taipei International Travel Fair lets your dreams fly~~
By Dionysus Translated by Ann Lee
If you are planning on doing some traveling or are just curious about possible travel destinations, you should definitely stop by the 2007 Taipei International Travel Fair. At this event you will find some great offers, travel-related door prizes and giveaways, competitive bids starting from NT$1, and a drawing for free plane tickets.
For the first time in 21 years, this annual traveler information event will represent 62 countries/areas and host about 1,200 booths. These informational booths include travel/tourism bureaus from local and international destinations, aviation and transportation companies, travel agencies, hotels, tourist destinations, theme parks, cruise companies, and travel and tourism publishing companies. There will definitely be no shortage of things to see and people to talk to.
This year's travel fair is divided into six exhibition areas: Asia Pacific, Europe/The Americas, Taiwan, Hotel/Leisure Accommodations, and other travel-related booths. Joining the fair for the first time, Hungary, Greece, the Marshall Islands and the Solomon Islands will also be represented. To promote tourism, H.E. Tommy E. Remengesau Jr., president of Palau, even came for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
At the travel fair, not only will you get informational pamphlets from various countries, and experience a bit of culture from around the world, but you'll also get to interact with others who like to travel, snatch up free merchandise, and purchase discount travel packages on-site. There will also be about 20 groups, giving 50 or so professional and traditional folk dance performances, which include: Nanta from Korea, a Saint Lucia's Day dance from Sweden, live music from Austria, traditional Malaysian dances, flamenco from Spain, traditional Chamorrow dancing from Guam, Hula from Hawaii, and many others from places like Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, Okinawa and Brunei.
This year, the fair is offering even more of the popular travel seminars－ about 60, which is almost double the number of last year. The fair will be able to accommodate larger crowds and demand, and all of these events are accessible with just one ticket.
Last year, the four-day travel fair saw more than 170,000 people come through the doors; this year, sponsors are predicting that the number will exceed 180,000. If you would like to attend, we recommend going on-line first to scope out the participating booths and map out your interests before you go, so you aren't overwhelmed. Also, don't forget to bring a spacious backpack to carry all of your free stuff and some water, so you don't get dehydrated.
Information about the 2007 Taipei International
Date & Time: 12/14, 12 noon to 6 p.m., and 12/15-17,
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sponsoring Unit: Taiwan Tourism Association
Venue: Taipei World Trade Center (5, XinYi Rd, Sec 5)
Official website: www.taipeiitf.org.tw
Admission: NT$200/adults, discount tickets NT$150; senior
citizens of 65 years or older and handicapped visitors need to
show identification upon purchase for discount.
※For safety reasons, children under 120cm and pets are not
allowed into the exhibition site.