Taiwan sends tourism delegation to Palau to explore travel bubble opportunities

21-Jan-2021 Intellasia | TaiwanNews | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Foreign minister Joseph Wu departed for Taiwan’s Pacific ally Palau Wednesday (January 20) with a group of tourism agency personnel, with the aim of exploring business possibilities under a travel bubble.

The Taiwanese envoy will take part in the presidential inauguration on Thursday (January 21). He will also meet with current President Tommy Remengesau, Jr. and the new president, Surangel Whipps, Jr., separately during the trip, according to a Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) statement.

MOFA said Wu and the delegation from Taiwanese tourism agencies are scheduled to tour Rock Islands and other travel destinations in Palau to look for chances to promote tourism once the two countries begin mulling a travel bubble.

President-elect Whipps has encouraged this initiative, said MOFA, even though the Pacific island state has imposed strict travel restrictions for months to keep the coronavirus from spreading into the country. Local media outlet Island Times reported that Whipps had allegedly sent a letter to the Taiwanese government proposing to exempt Taiwanese travellers from quarantine.

On the other hand, Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Centre, which leads the country’s COVID-19 response, has so far been reserved in its support for travel bubble deals with other countries, citing the pandemic’s precariousness. However, it sent two Centers for Disease Control officials to Palau earlier this month “on a fact-finding mission” to gather information on potential travel opportunities, Palau’s Ministry of Health said in a press release.



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