Taipei mayor arrives in Thailand to promote tourism

Bangkok--Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (???) arrived in Thailand Tuesday on a visit to promote tourism, during which he is scheduled to host an event to introduce attractions in Taiwan's capital and promote the 2017 Universiade that will be held in Taipei in August.

During Ko's first trip to Thailand since becoming Taipei mayor in December 2014, he is scheduled to visit the Thailand Creative and Design Center in Bangkok, and the Bangkok Art And Culture Center.

Later in the day, he will host a promotional event to introduce delicacies and tourist attractions in Taipei and also promote the 2017 Universiade.

On Wednesday, Ko and his delegation will visit Bangkok attractions such as the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Emerald Buddha. Also on their itinerary is a visit to Chulalongkorn University's department of arts and its theater.

In keeping with Taipei's tourism promotion, China Airlines (CAL), Taiwan's largest carrier, has launched special tour packages, which include a return ticket from Thailand to Taiwan and accommodation for two nights in Taipei at a price of about US$441. An additional free ticket for a ride on the Taipei double-decker sightseeing bus will be available for those who visit Taiwan by the end of June.

As part of Taipei's promotion as the host city of the Aug. 19-30 Universiade, Ko will depart for India, the final leg of his three-country tour, later Wednesday. He will return to Taiwan on April 2.

Ko's visit to Bangkok came after he visited the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur in a bid to attract more tourists to his city and promote the Universiade.

During his stay in Malaysia, he also witnessed the signing of three memorandums of understanding between Taipei and the Malaysian state of Selangor, paving the way for bilateral cooperation on transportation experience, innovation industry and smart cities.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel