2017 September | During the Taiwan Expo 2017 Press Con – HeyJaey have asked Mr. James Chu, Deputy Representative of Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in the Philippines what travelers and business people from the travel industry can expect from the Taiwan Expo 2017. Mr. Chu said that this year, there will be around 50 participants within the exhibition. In general if we look at the tourism industry, last 2016, there were 430,000 tourists and a dastric increase by more than 40% were already achieved this year. For 2018, a much more higher Filipino Visitor traffic is being projected.
The statement was followed by a very exciting hint – “Under a series of consideration, we are going to reach the final stage and we are going to provide more convenience in the procedure, to Filipinos who are passport holders.” He added “Under that policy, we think that we will have more Filipino tourists in Taiwan. I do believe, we have much much more attractions, compared to the neighboring countries.” Click here to see the full video.
As the excitement rose in the press room, follow up questions such as clarifications if there would be finally a visa-free entry for tourist Filipinos were added to the Q&A. Mr. Chu have reiterated, that they are now on the final stage and that the policy will be coming soon. It could be next month, it could be in the next two months or it could be next year. There is no definite date, but it is coming soon.
What does this mean?
Based on the statement from the presscon, we couldn’t help but be hopeful on Taiwan finally being a visa-free tourist country for Filipinos. Specially that it is geographically located near the country, airfares have gone competitive and more and more travelers are becoming familiar with Taiwan. I guess its safe to say that we can anticipate an advancement towards the end of the year.
More information about the topic is expected to be released on the upcoming Taiwan Expo 2017 Opening Ceremonies.
The Current State of Visa Application for Taiwan Tourism
The reason why I have high hopes for the Visa-Free Application is because of the present convenience we are already experiencing when applying for a Tourist Visa to Taiwan. In most cases, we just have to fill in an application form and gather basic documents (process is more simpler than Japanese Visa Application – one of the easiest Visa Application frequent Filipino leisure travelers get to experience) and submit it to TECO. Now if you already have valid visas from (New Zealand, Australia, EU Schengen, United Kingdom, Japan, Canada and United States) process is very easy as securing a visa online and able to print it out within 3 minutes. Hence, I can’t imagine a more convenient process other than a visa-free policy or even an E (Electronic) – visa policy 🙂
About Taiwan Expo 2017
Launching at SMX, Mall of Asia on September 29, 2017 by Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and the Taiwan Association Inc. Philippines (TAP), this year’s Expo will highlight Green Technology, Agricultural Technology, E-Commerce Service, Taiwan Excellence, Medical Technique, and Talent Exchange. This year’s theme “Experience Taiwan! Technology, Culture and Tourism” have definitely attracted more than 170 vendors and already gained hundreds of registered participants.
Aside from the exhibition, the event will also showcase other activities such as business matchmaking, forums & cultural performances at the mall beside SMX, SM Mall of Asia. The activities are a great representation of the continuing efforts for long-term and mutually beneficial relations between Taiwan and Philippines.
See you there!
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