As COVID-19 extended its footprints across the globe, Taiwan was aware that the world as we know it, would change. For the next few years to come, tourism and travellers will remain strongly impacted by the virus and its aftermath.

As of June 2020, Taiwan has encouraged domestic travel as well as business-driven or MICE-based domestic travel. Learnings from the first quarter of this domestic period have been many, with an underlying message – experiences matter!

Healing Experiences for Domestic Travellers

In order to encourage domestic travellers to head out, travel and adopt safe methods, The Mid-Autumn festival to be celebrated in October has a key component – initiatives and rewards encouraging people to step out.

Circling the island has become popular in the past few weeks. It combines the six major transportation modes of Taiwan: High-speed ​​Rail, Taiwan Railway, Passenger Transport, MRT, Airplane, and Ship. All citizens can participate for a chance to win a series of prizes, end-October. This event includes a total of 59 good travel routes across Taiwan, including the newly opened Yilan Northeast Coast, Dongyan Mountain, Sacred Mountain, Yunlin Caoling and other routes newly opened this year.

Another suggestion is the off-shore islands, which offer peace of mind through leisurely and lyrical scenery. Blue skies, a vast blue expanse of the sea and natural ecology come together for some truly soothing sights.

Getting increasingly popular with the domestic tourists are Green Island and Lanyu. The former’s beauty lies in its rugged coral reefs, grassy terraces, pure white sand beaches, and the surrounding green mountains, with immense snorkelling opportunities. Lanyu, too, is a volcanic island abundant with varying species of plants and animals, and the surrounding sea full of corals and migrating fishes. It is a paradise for sea fishing and diving. The Yami (Dawu) people living on the island still maintain their traditional culture and customs, offering unique insights into our second theme – the Indigenous experience.

Developing New Experiences

Lanyu islands are one of the many examples of where scenic beauty meets traditional interactions to form a holistic experience. In addition to admiring the mysterious island scenery, one can appreciate the charming folk customs of the Yami (Dawu) people with half underground huts, flying fish festivals, and even new boat launching festivals. Such visits are part of Taiwan’s efforts to introduce the world to its local tribal populations and their rich cultural heritage.

The 7th Taiwan Tribe Sightseeing Carnival concluded earlier this week with indigenous peoples within the jurisdiction of the Tourism Bureau jointly demonstrating their achievements in promoting tribal tourism and tourism.

The culture, food, art and ecology management from 16 tribes were on display along with a recommendation of various tribal classic tours for the public to choose from. Whilst the festival is over, the promotions will continue till end-October as part of ‘peace of mind’ tourism encouraging the development of itineraries that focus on indigenous people and ways of life, ecology and culture. These itineraries can then be offered to travellers, as well as business-groups for the relaxation-meets-insight period within Taiwan.

Lanyu islands are one of the many examples of where scenic beauty meets traditional interactions to form a holistic experience. In addition to admiring the mysterious island scenery, one can appreciate the charming folk customs of the Yami (Dawu) people with half underground huts, flying fish festivals, and even new boat launching festivals. Such visits are part of Taiwan’s efforts to introduce the world to its local tribal populations and their rich cultural heritage.

The 7th Taiwan Tribe Sightseeing Carnival concluded earlier this week with indigenous peoples within the jurisdiction of the Tourism Bureau jointly demonstrating their achievements in promoting tribal tourism and tourism.

The culture, food, art and ecology management from 16 tribes were on display along with a recommendation of various tribal classic tours for the public to choose from. Whilst the festival is over, the promotions will continue till end-October as part of ‘peace of mind’ tourism encouraging the development of itineraries that focus on indigenous people and ways of life, ecology and culture. These itineraries can then be offered to travellers, as well as business-groups for relaxation-meets-insight period within Taiwan.