Following last year’s opening of the Kaohsiung-Ho Chi Minh City route, the Kaohsiung Tourism Bureau celebrated the inaugural JC International Airlines flight between the southern Taiwanese city and Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The direct flights are part of Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy to attract more tourists from around Southeast Asia.
The first flight from the Cambodian capital landed in Kaohsiung at 7 pm on Monday. The flight included Cambodian tourists as well as tourism officials and media, UDN reported. The visitors will be taken on tours around Kaohsiung and Pingtung County during their stay.
Kaohsiung Tourism Bureau Director Tseng Tsi-wen (曾姿雯) said that Taiwan recorded 1.65 million visitors from Southeast Asia last year, an increase of about 16% from 2015. She added that in the first five months of this year, the island has seen a 12% year-on-year increase in tourist arrivals from the region.
JC International Airlines began operations in Cambodia in March of this year. Kaohsiung is the airline’s seventh international destination; it already serves Taoyuan International Airport.