Taiwan and Paraguay sign Letter of Intent to increase tourism cooperation and consolidate their bilateral friendship
The new Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Paraguay Sofía Montiel de Afara officially took office in September 2018 and was invited by Joe Y. Chou, Director- General of the Tourism Bureau of Taiwan’s Ministry of Transportation and Communications, to attend the 2018 Taipei International Travel Fair. During her visit, the sides signed a letter of intent to boost cooperation and take the tourism exchanges between the two countries to a new stage.
The Taiwan-Paraguay tourism exchange was held by the Minister of Tourism of the Republic of Paraguay Montiel de Afara, and the Ambassador of the Republic of Paraguay to Taiwan, H.E. Ambassador Marcial Bobadilla Guillen, together with the Director of Tourism Marketing Juana Quevedo, and others. They were accompanied by Taiwan’s Deputy Secretary of the Department of Latin America, Mr. Yu. The agreement is based on the cornerstone of friendship and reciprocity, and is aimed at expanding the far-reaching exchanges in the future. The two sides signed a letter of intent to work together to deepen cooperation in six ways: (1) Strengthening the links between the two peoples (2) Reciprocal sharing of information on tourism destination market development, planning and festival activities, food sightseeing, cultural tourism and cultural exchanges; (3) Holding technological exchanges on developing smart tourism and scenic area facilities; (4) Strengthening multi-dimensional cooperation; (5) Promoting the sustainable and inclusive growth of the tourism industry for both parties; (6) Organizing bilateral tourism meetings from time to time.
The visit of Paraguay’s Minister Sofía Montiel de Afara promotes the exchange of tourism between the two countries. At the same time, it introduces the tourism characteristics of the country and enables Paraguay to share its experience on the development of its tourism industry with Taiwan, and to consider Taiwan’s experience as it develops its future policies. The Director-General of Taiwan’s Tourism Bureau Mr. Joe Y. Chou said that the South American market should connect Brazil and Peru with Paraguay to form a linear focus. In the future, Taiwan will expand its assistance to the other side to promote the tourism industry, increase the number of visitors and organize media publicity visits. Taiwan will also offer assistance for the two sides to jointly participate in travel exhibitions and food promotion activities and to implement the cultivation of talents. It will also provide technical exchanges for the planning and construction of national scenic spots and strengthen the exchange of information on tourism services. It will also work with Paraguay to deepen the cooperation between the two sides in the tourism industry to promote bilateral tourism and closer exchanges between the two countries