Danielle Caltaux, Acrossia; flanked by Kris McFarlane and Richard Lee of Taiwan Tourism Danielle Caltaux, Acrossia; flanked by Kris McFarlane and Richard Lee of Taiwan Tourism

Talking Taiwan live workshops

Taiwan Tourism is hoping its face to face reconnection with key members of the travel trade will be followed up by a reopening of borders between the nation and New Zealand in the not too distant future.

Taiwan Tourism hosted small groups of agents to two sessions on Wednesday at Kawau Kitchen near Auckland Airport, with a total of about 25 agents taking part in the workshops

Representatives Kris McFarlane and Richard Lee say the purpose of the event was to get awareness back about the destination, which hopefully would translate in people considering travel there.

‘We want to reiterate how Taiwan has successfully handled the crisis and emphasise it is a safe place,’ says McFarlane. ‘We realise that safety will be first and foremost in people’s minds.’

McFarlane says there is definitely ‘talk on the street’ about Taiwan being part of a wider travel bubble.

‘So we want agents to be aware of the destination so that we can hopefully get a solid start when we can.’

Anderson Lin, general manager New Zealand branch of China Airlines says he is looking forward to the border being open and the 14 day quarantine requirement being relaxed.

‘If that can happen our flight will definitely be back. We are committed to this market.’

Workshop attendee Rahul Sharma from Exotic Holidays, says he would like to see Taiwan open to New Zealanders by August or September. ‘It is quite positive, we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Now is the time to really be thinking about opening the borders to safe destinations.

‘And when that happens I really expect people to be breaking down the doors (to travel again).’

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