Great news for folks who love to travel, as well as tourism in our country!
Taiwanese tourists arrivals into the Philippines are expected to pick up and rise with the recent commencement of AirAsia’s direct flight from Manila to Taipei yesterday at 11:05PM!
Traveling to Taipei on AirAsia’s inaugural flight
I had the pleasure of being one of the special guests who joined the inaugural flight (Z2 128) from Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3.
Guests, including myself, even received an early Christmas gift wrapped in iconic red and were welcomed on board by Philippines AirAsia executives led by its Chairperson Maan Hontiveros and CEO Capt. Dexter Comendador.During the much anticipated launch festivities, Philippines AirAsia CEO Capt. Dexter Comendador said that they have introduced amazing connections for their guests to enjoy and are aiming to go further across Asia by strengthening AirAsia’s presence in Taiwan. He proudly added that this new direct flight heralds brighter and much closer ties between two countries to improve trade and tourism. People like me who love to travel have much reason to rejoice and the same goes for our entire country as well because a surge in tourism will greatly help our economy and uplift the lives of our hardworking Filipinos.
AirAsia North Asia President, Kathleen Tan said, “Taiwan and the Philippines share a strong affinity with one another. They enjoy robust economic ties. Many Filipinos live and work in Taiwan and more and more Taiwanese are visiting the many beautiful islands in the Philippines. We are honored to he able to bring the two countries even closer together.
Taiwanese tourist arrivals in the Philippines have reached 157,517 from January to August this year (2016). Taiwan is currently the country’s sixth top visitor market after Korea, United States, China, Japan and Australia.
The AirAsia Group operates direct flights to Taipei from Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu and now from Manila and Cebu in the Philippines starting November 25, 2016.
Enjoy direct flights from Cebu to Taipei as well
Philippines AirAsia CEO Capt. Dexter Comendador also announced that AirAsia is also launching their maiden flight to Taipei from Cebu in Southern Philippines with three flights every week (every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday) in less than a week from now. According to him, it brings so much pride to be able to provide a world-class and award winning service to their travelers, Overseas Filipino Workers and Taiwanese tourists.To celebrate the twin launch, Filipino cultural dancers flew from Cebu to perform “Sinulog” dance during the press conference held at the Sheraton Hotel in Taipei. Sinulog is an annual religious festival in Cebu, which includes street dancing and group performances with elaborate and colourful costumes.
Take advantage of AirAsia’s promotional fares and discover Taipei
Great food, cool climate and a rich culture are just some of the wonderful things you can enjoy in Taipei. There are also many great tourist spots there that you shouldn’t miss. Guests who take advantage of AirAsia’s promotional fares to Taipei can make a trip to some of the following iconic attractions and enjoy charmingly warm local hospitality.
The icon of Taipei, and the prominent centre of the city, Taipei 101 is the tallest green building in the world.
The post-modernistic structure boasts 101 floors of shopping, conference centres, offices, restaurants and both outdoor and indoor observatories. Head to the top for a stunning and unobstructed view of the city!
Shilin Night Market
There is a plethora of night markets in Taipei, but the most famous one of all is Shilin Night Market.
Food hunters crowd over for its many food vendors and small eateries especially amongst the 539 stalls in the food court. After dinner, the many attractions such as movie theatres, video arcades, shops and karaoke stores will have you staying till the wee hours of the night.
National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall
Another famous landmark of Taipei, the National Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall was built in memory of the former president of the Republic of China. The hall and square is now the hub for cultural events, and the National Concert Hall and National Theatre are in the vicinity as well, housing performances from the likes of Yo-yo Ma, the Vienna Boys Choir and even the late Luciano Pavarotti himself.
A two-hour train ride from Taipei is the beautiful Taroko Gorge. Located within the Taroko National Park, the gorge is known for its magnificent natural beauty and its abundant supply of marble. Visitors can get in touch with nature as they explore the many sights around, such as the Eternal Spring Shrine, Swallow Grotto, and Buluowan Village.
Shopping at Wufenpu
Shopaholics will be happily satiated in Taipei’s main wholesale garment market, which boasts the latest fashion and trends at bargain basement prices. The shops open from morning till midnight every day, and haggling is a skill that will take you far when you are roaming the streets of Wufenpu.
Well, it time to paint the skies red once again as we all fly direct from Manila or Cebu and enjoy everything that Taipei has to offer! Happy travels, everyone!
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