Tourism Bureau pulls out of China event over naming dispute

Rasdio Taiwan International
Date: 08 October, 2020
By: John Van Trieste

Taiwan's Tourism Bureau says it pulled out of a virtual trade show after its Chinese organizers insisted that it take part using a different name.

Taiwan’s Tourism Bureau says that it decided to withdraw from an international trade show held in September after its Chinese organizers insisted that it take part under a different name.

The annual show is held under the auspices of the Pacific Asia Travel Association, of which Taiwan is a founding member.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s show took place virtually, but it was still sponsored and organized by a tourism board based in China’s Sichuan Province. The event took place between September 23 and September 27.

The Tourism Bureau had planned to take part in the event under the name “Taiwan Tourism Bureau” as it has in previous years. However, the organizers changed this designation to the “Taiwan Strait Tourism Association” without informing Tourism Bureau officials.

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