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Taiwan pavilion attracts crowds at South Korean travel fair

2012/06/07 21:11:39

Seoul, June 7 (CNA) Taiwan's pavilion at the 2012 Korea World Travel Fair in the South Korean capital of Seoul was one of the biggest draws at the start of the four-day event on Thursday.

A dance troupe from the Tsou tribe received a round of applause after performing at the opening ceremony, said Chou Ching-shyong, chairman of the Taiwan Visitor Association, who heads Taiwan's 75-member delegation at the fair, which runs through June 10.

Besides the dance performance, visitors to Taiwan's pavilion at the trade show, now in its 25th year, were given the chance to sample quality Taiwanese products, such as high-mountain Oolong tea from Alishan, and take part in paper cutting demonstrations.

Among the delegation were representatives from Nantou county, and Kaohsiung and New Taipei city governments, the travel industry and local theme parks, Chou said.

About 240,000 Koreans visited Taiwan in 2011, Chou said, adding that he hoped this year the figure could surpass 280,000 as a result of efforts to promote tourism between the Asian neighbors.

This year, the fair has attracted over 700 exhibitors from 57 countries and regions at the annual event, organizers said.

(By Chiang Yuan-chen and Hanna Liu)