Sanxiantai (Three Saints Island) in Taitung County, south eastern Taiwan Sanxiantai (Three Saints Island) in Taitung County, south eastern Taiwan

Taiwan: not all about big cities

A recent Taiwan famil tour was an eye opener for Rijuta Gawri, marketing manager at Travel Managers Group.


Gawri travelled with industry colleagues on a China Airlines/ Taiwan Tourism Bureau hosted tour of Taiwan’s eastern, Pacific coast, and Taipei, recently. ‘I feel I learned about areas away from the cities, that aren’t the common perception of what Taiwan is like. We saw some absolutely stunning countryside, we saw the cultural side with the different tribes, and we met some lovely people. ‘Also at the tourism expo I discovered that Taiwan has facilities for both leisure and corporate travellers, also for large conferences. ‘Perhaps for me the takeaway is that Taiwan has good infrastructure, it’s clean and it’s safe, the people don’t hassle you. Many, especially women, are travelling solo now, so Taiwan is safe for them.’ Before travelling to Taiwan, Jerome Gilbert, Flight Centre air product manager, thought of Taiwan as ‘big Chinese cities on an island’. ‘Now I think of Taiwan as Asia with a fusion of the Pacific, laid back, casual and more like island life. If you’ve been to Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Rarotonga and want something new, then go to Taiwan.’ Meanwhile Tim Allen, House of Travel air product manager, enjoyed flying on CI’s new A350-900, where the group experienced both economy and premium economy en route to Taiwan. ‘The aircraft was very comfortable, I was impressed with the interior and its clean, fresh décor, and there was good leg room, in both economy and premium.’