TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A former employee of a Hanoi travel agency won an award from the Taiwan Tourism Bureau for designing “a slow trip to Matsu,” reports said Friday (December 17th).
Nguyen Thanh Hung said he was interested in the outer islands of Taiwan, including Matsu near China’s Fujian Province, and would take his friends there as soon as the COVID-19 pandemic was over, ANC reported.
The Tourism Board organized the competition with nine Vietnamese airlines and several travel agencies, asking members of the public to design their own dream future trip to Taiwan.
Nguyen devised a four-day, three-night Matsu tour that included local sights such as a lighthouse, traditional buildings, and the Blue Tears. At the end of the selection process by the office of the Tourist Office in Ho Chi Minh City and by more than a thousand internet users, Nguyen won the first prize.
He told CNA he was extremely surprised by the result as he had never traveled to Taiwan. Nonetheless, his experience working in a travel agency and his friendship with Vietnamese who had studied in Taiwan had contributed to his victory.
The top prize was a free trip for two people according to the winning design, the Tourism Board said. The Vietnamese government has estimated that it could open its borders to international travel during the second quarter of 2022.