TAIPEI, Taiwan – Taiwan’s largest travel show, the annual Taipei International Travel Fair (ITF), opened October 26, 2012 with much fanfare and a grand ceremony commemorating its 20th travel fair anniversary in 26 years. Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) received special recognition from the Taiwan Visitors Bureau and was presented with an Appreciation Trophy for GVB’s committed support and participation in all 20 ITF shows over the last 26 years.
“The travel and tourism industry is a trillion dollar global industry that is fiercely competitive,” GVB General Manager Joann G. Camacho said, “Guam is here at the 2012 ITF to show our people’s spirit of welcoming hospitality and that we have what it takes to compete on the global stage.”
This year, the Guam booth is featured under the Visit USA Pavilion and boasts a large colorful stage that is busy with Chamorro cultural demonstrations, Chamorro dance, and Guam information sessions. American Institute in Taiwan Director Christopher Marut visited the Guam booth to officially open the festivities and events under the Visit USA Pavilion.
The Guam delegation encourages everyone to visit and learn about the Western Pacific island at the Guam booth (#A1712). Woven coconut hats, fans, baskets, and other handicrafts will be distributed to visitors. Visitors can also take a photo at the Guam booth, upload and check-in on Facebook, and be entered into a drawing for a chance to win two roundtrip tickets to Guam (sponsored by China Airlines and Eva Airlines) as part of Guam’s first Global Social Media Marketing Cooperative Campaign, the Shop Guam Festival 2012. Additionally, the first 100 participating consumers every day will receive a free limited edition Guam passport cover.
“Taiwan is Guam’s third largest market, and it is important that we continue to show our visitors what we have to offer as well as the experiences they will receive while visiting our island. We are grateful for Taiwan Visitors Bureau’s recognition of GVB’s efforts and as Taiwan arrivals to Guam continue to grow, we will continue to support ITF,” GVB General Manager Joann G. Camacho said.
The 2012 International Travel Fair will be held from October 26 to 29 at the Taipei World Trade Center Hall 1 and Hall 3, and is set to launch the latest trends and developments in tourism. In addition to the fair, there will be a wide range of travel marts, product presentations, and travel seminars, all geared towards bringing consumers the most up-to-date tourism information. The four-day event aims to attract over 250,000 visitors to the exhibition.