Mainland Survey Delegation (MSD) has arrived at Taiwan. They will be inspecting tourist routes in Taiwan. The members were arranged to visit Taichung City on 23rd. Mayor Jason Hu actively recommended the famous scenic spots and interesting places in Taichung City.
The members visiting Taichung City included 39 MSD members in the Cross-Straits Tourism Exchange Association, Chinese Tourism Newspaper, the tourist owners and the members in Tourism Bureau of Ministry of Transportation and Communications, Taiwan Strait Tourism Association, tourism association at specific levels and Taichung Hotel Association.
With the suggestions from Mayor Jason Hu, Tourism Division, Department of Information arranged MSD to pay a visit to National Museum of Natural Science, Taichung Park, Liberty Commercial Circle (for experiencing sun cakes DIY) and tourist hotels in Taichung City. Chief Yung-Feng Chen of Department of Information welcomed MSD and presented MSD the books with signature of Mayor Hu on them [Miracles with Tears] and sun cakes, a specialty of Taichung.
Chief Si-Lin Liu of International Division of Tourism Bureau, Ministry of Transportation and Communications indicated that the elements included in the schedule were (1) measuring the favorite degree of Mainland public regarding tourist spots in Taiwan, (2) the opinions from the tourist agencies receiving Mainland tourists are offered to Tourism Bureau, and (3) scenic spots developed by the public sectors are to be recommended to Mainland tourists. The initial schedule is arranged in accordance with the preceding three principles with cross-planning via communicating with MSD members. In fact, most members realize and understand Taiwan to a certain degree and they expect some unfamiliar routes in the schedule.
All tourist products are developed in accordance with market mechanism; in other words, the tourist will reflect the opinion to the tourist agency if some scenic spot intrigues him/her. Therefore, the entire schedule is developed through the tourist agencies in Mainland and receiving tourist agencies in Taiwan collaboratively. In the first stage, based on the survey of Tourism Bureau, most Mainland tourists are interested in the encircling tour around Taiwan, including three major metropolises, Taipei, Taichung and Kaohsiung, and Hualien and Taitung, including places such as Alihsan (Mt. Ali) and Sun Moon Lake; meanwhile, the deep schedules are expected to be inclusive in the future, such as wedding shooting, natural ecology and religion.