Taiwan Offers Muslim Friendly Tourism

Jakarta, MINA – Recent years, Taiwan government has actively promoted friendly tourism for Muslim and created tourism environment for Muslim travelers.

The purpose of this promotion is to increase the Muslim tourists, especially tourists from Indonesia as the country with the most Muslim population in the world.

The Chief Representative of the Taiwan Economic and Trade Office (TETO) John Chen said Taiwan has implemented several initiatives over the past few years to attract more Indonesian tourists traveling to Taiwan.

“Particularly, we have eased our regulations so that Indonesians can apply for a Taiwan’s visa. We also add our level of halal tourism in Taiwan, “John Chen said during his speech at the” 2018 Taiwan Tourism Workshop “in Jakarta, Monday night (1/10).

Starting at 2017, Indonesian citizens who have valid visas for Taiwan, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, and the Schengen European Union can directly apply for Taiwan visas on the Immigration Department’s Taiwan Ministry of Interior website.

“If there is no record of violations, you can apply for an online visa very easily. A simplified (this) tourist visa makes Muslim Tourism (Taiwan) penetrate the top five for the first time, “said John Chen.

According to the latest data “2018 Muslim Global Travel Index (GMTI)” released by Mastercard, Taiwan ranked 5th in the country’s best Muslim friendly tourism destinations or non-Muslim entities, surpassing tourist attractions such as Germany, Australia, and the United States.

“With the increasing number of Muslim tourists coming to Taiwan, nearly 200 restaurants and hotels have received halal certification. Taiwan continues to develop prayer rooms in every public space, such as Taiwan, Kaohsiung, and Hualien train stations, Taichung Speed Rail station, National Palace Museum, and National Scenic Area visitor center, “he explained.

This real action, continued John Chen, creates a Muslim tourism environment that is more friendly and friendly, which is very suitable for Muslims who want to vacation in Taiwan.

He explained, there were more than 189 thousand Indonesians who traveled to Taiwan in 2017. “If we focus on the number of tourists, it has a growth of 46% compared to 2016,” he added.

The Chairman of Taiwan Visitor Association Yeh Chu Lan also explained that the event held by TETO in collaboration with the Taiwan Tourism Bureau through its side was held to increase the opportunities for cooperation between Taiwan and Indonesia by promoting Formosa’s tourism in Jakarta. (TL/Sj/Rs5)

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)