Taiwan’s 2014 Taipei International Travel Fair extended from Friday 7th November, 2014 to Monday 10th November, 2014, and was held at the First and Third Exhibition Halls of Taipei’s World Trade Center. The Fair’s Tuvalu Tourism Booth was sponsored by Tuvalu’s Department of Tourism and Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and was staffed by personnel from the Embassy of Tuvalu in Taiwan, as well as Tuvaluan students currently studying in Taiwan. The Booth promoted both Tuvalu’s traditional culture and its gorgeous scenic views through exhibitions of culturally representative handicrafts, such as traditional mats, shell necklaces, wooden canoes, and fans, and stunning photos of Tuvalu’s scenery shot by professional photographers. Staff at the Tuvalu Booth also introduced several of the tourism activities currently popular in Tuvalu, including customized “island-hopping” trips; snorkeling and scuba diving adventures in lagoons, coral reefs, and the ocean deeps; and traditional dance and culture performances.
Largely because of the Tuvalu Tourism Booth’s unique exhibitions of Tuvaluan crafts and scenic views, as well as a promotion in which limited-edition commemorative cards featuring Tuvalu’s stunning scenery were given as complementary gifts to visitors, the Booth attracted over 5,000 visitors during the four days of the Fair and was even visited by Tuvalu’s Governor General H.E. Sir Iakoba Taeia Italeli and Tuvalu’s Minister of Communication and Transport Honorable Monise Tuivaka Laafai on Saturday 8th November, 2014. During the Fair, staff at the Booth were pleased to note that interested travelers asked a variety of questions regarding not only Tuvalu’s basic location and background but also concerning recommended routes when traveling from Taiwan to Tuvalu and information on local accommodations in the country.
Pictures of the Tuvalu Tourism Booth at the 2014 Taipei International Travel Fair can be found below: