Hungarian couple relish Presidential Office stay

11/02/2019 04:13 PM
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Taipei, Nov. 2 (CNA) A couple from Hungary who were picked to take part in a program to stay overnight at the Presidential Office hailed their first encounter with Taiwan and promised to help promote the country in Europe.

"It's amazing," Robert Revesz, who is a managing director for international relations at Hungary-based travel media Turizmus, told CNA on Thursday after arriving in Taiwan with his wife a day earlier.

According to Revesz, he learned of the program through a Taiwanese friend. As a veteran globetrotter, he had visited more than 400 cities in over 50 countries, but this was his first visit to Taiwan.

"The project itself was very interesting for us," he said. "The idea of promoting Taiwan using the hundred-year-old presidential office building and the opportunity to stay here, I think it's amazing. So we were very excited when I heard about the opportunity."

Speaking of the suite where he stayed, Revesz said, "We loved the design, how spacious it was... And it was very exciting that we were in this diplomatic district, which is highly secure of course."

He praised the sense of history that he got from the building, and also felt positively about his stay in Taiwan, hailing the professionalism of the people he met.

"(I'm impressed) by how everything is organized, how everything is on time, how kind of people are and how informative all of the colleagues are that we met. It's over the level I expected."

Before their visit to Taiwan was to conclude Saturday, Revesz said they were planning to explore more of Taipei, including Taipei 101, the Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, and night markets to get a taste of Taiwan's most typical street foods.

If possible, Revesz said he would like to visit Taiwan again next year to see more of the country's landscapes.

In addition to having posted many photos taken in Taiwan on his social media platform, the Hungarian said he will write some articles about his first encounter with Taiwan to promote the country in Europe.

Revesz and his wife are the third group of foreign visitors to stay overnight free of charge at the Presidential Office since the program was launched in May.

Ten groups of foreign nationals have been selected to participate in the activity.

(By Elaine Hou and Flor Wang)


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