Will Taiwan Seek To Attract Middle Eastern Tourists Next?|陸客來台緊縮 北市建議中東國家也免簽


Taiwan's tourism industry has been devastated by the ban on Chinese tourists. To save the tourism industry, Taipei City Deputy Mayor proposed expanding visa-exempt entry to Middle East countries during an Executive Yuan meeting. However, Tourism Bureau statistics show that last year, less than 20 thousand travelers from the Middle East region have visited Taiwan. Moreover, there are very few halal restaurants on the island.

This is a halal restaurant in Taipei that has been in business for 26 years. It advertises itself as offering Taipei's most authentic Islamic cuisine. There are certificates inside showing the restaurant is halal, and all dishes are prepared in accordance with Islamic dietary laws.

Mr. Ma
Halal Restaurant Owner
The chicken, beef, and mutton need to be blessed with the name of Allah during slaughter. You have to recite two lines of scripture starting with praising the name of Allah. We can't ask sellers at traditional markets who aren't Muslim to slaughter a chicken for us. We can't eat that meat.

The owner of the restaurant is a devout Muslim. He says there are few halal restaurants in Taiwan, and some are not very orthodox. Many Muslim tourists have complained that it's not easy to find a halal meal in Taiwan. Under Islamic law, Muslims may not consume pork, and the ingredients used to prepare food cannot come into contact with pork.

Lin Chia-ching
Travel Agency General Manager
Pork cannot be seen in places where food is prepared or among ingredients. If they are mixed together, Muslims won't be able to eat the food.

The number of tourists from ASEAN countries visiting Taiwan has grown in recent years. There has been an upsurge in visitors from Indonesia, which has the largest Muslim population in the world. Last year, the number exceeded 210,000. However, tourists only accounted for a small proportion. Taipei City Deputy Mayor Teng Chia-chi recently proposed during an Executive Yuan meeting to expand visa-exempt entry to nationals of Middle East countries to attract their high-end travelers. Tourism Bureau statistics show that in 2018, the Middle Eastern country with the highest number of visitors to Taiwan was Israel, with 9,800. In second place was the United Arab Emirates, with under 2,000. Meanwhile, Taiwan only received 114 visitors from Qatar, and the majority were business travelers.

Netta
Indonesian Tourist
It would be great if the Middle Eastern (tourism market) could be opened up. If they come during their vacations, they can spend up to one week or even up to one month at a hotel, because they don't like moving around.

Travel agents say it's not enough to offer visa-exempt entry if Taiwan really wants to attract tourists from the Middle East. It will need to create "Islam-friendly spaces" and department store food courts will need to set up halal food sections. Muslim-friendly hotels can be set up as well. However, the early rate of return is not high, and perhaps investment or cooperation between the government and domestic Islamic groups is needed to construct an Islam-friendly environment that will attract visitors from the Middle East.


陸客來台人數緊縮,衝擊全台觀光業!為了救觀光,台北市副市長鄧家基在行政院會提議,希望免簽國家,擴大到中東國家,吸引像是阿聯、卡達等國家的高端旅客來台。不過,根據觀光局統計,去年一整年,阿聯來台人數,不到兩千人,卡達更少,只有114人,而且多數是商務客。旅行業者坦言,國內"清真"認證餐廳並不多,就算有也不是很正宗。對中東旅客來說,如果連基本的"吃",都很麻煩,來台旅遊意願自然不高。


台北市這家穆斯林餐廳,開店已超過26年,標榜台北市最道地的回教料理,店內不僅掛著"清真認證",更強調所有料理,都符合伊斯蘭教義。

穆斯林餐廳老闆 馬先生
這個雞肉 牛肉 羊肉 也是要經過讚頌我們真主之名 來宰殺的 念兩句經文
讚頌真主之名開始 還不是說菜市場老闆 不是(回教徒)老闆你幫我殺一隻雞
那個我們也不能吃啊

餐廳老闆就是虔誠回教徒,他說台灣穆斯林餐廳不多,就算有也不是很正宗,多數回教遊客抱怨,在台灣找一頓飯吃,真的不容易。因為回教教義很嚴格,強調不僅不能吃豬肉,即使是料理食材,也不能和豬肉混雜在一起。

印尼穆斯林觀光客 Netta=
穆斯林料理食物區 食材中不能看到豬肉 如果混雜在一起 穆斯林就不能食用


近年東協國家來台旅客大幅成長,尤其亞洲最大穆斯林國家"印尼",去年來台人數,已突破21萬人,但觀光人數占比不高,開發潛力大。台北市副市長鄧家基在行政院會提議,希望免簽國家,擴大中東國家,吸引高端旅客來台。不過,根據光觀局統計,去年一整年,以色列來台人數最多,約9800多人,其次阿聯,來台人數,不到兩千人,卡達更少,只有114人,以商務客居多。

旅行社總經理 林家慶
所以如果中東(旅遊市場) 其實能開啟 其實蠻不錯的 譬如他們像是類似暑假 他們的假期出來玩 一個飯店 他們不喜歡搬來搬去 一個飯店可能一住就是一個禮拜 甚至一個月的也有


旅行社業者強調,台灣要吸引中東國家來台,光是免簽遠遠不夠,需打造"回教"友善空間,譬如百貨公司美食街,需另闢隔穆斯林專區,甚打造穆斯林飯店,但前期考量投報率不高,恐怕需要透過招商,或政府與國內回教協會合作,營造出穆斯林環境,才能吸引中東旅客來台。