TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC) plans to form an alliance for “island-hopping” cruise travel with island countries in the region to promote tourism after the COVID pandemic. -19, announced Tuesday (September 13).


Vice Minister Chi Wen-jong (祁文中) announced the plan at an international cruise travel forum in Keelung, CNA reported. Cruise planning should be done two years in advance, and throughout the pandemic Taiwan has designed new itineraries and prepared infrastructure in Keelung and Kaohsiung for the post-COVID era, he said. .


Keelung Mayor Lin Yu-chang (林右昌) said the port city is ready to receive international cruise passengers, with improved immigration facilities to provide faster service. He also stressed the importance of his city as a gateway to the whole northern part of Taiwan.


Cruise travel experts from Australia, the Philippines, Japan and South Korea spoke at Tuesday’s forum, with more than 150 people attending the event. Regional integration, talent training, port development and island-hopping cruises were the four main themes.

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