I SPECIAL FEATURE I CYCLING TOURISM I © 2019 Paradesa Taiwan launches the “Year of Cycling Tourism” at ITB Berlin NOW Trans-Borneo Road Bike An epic ride through Borneo: trans-Borneo road cycling The Taiwan Tourism Office is presenting new aspects of travel to the country every day at ITB Berlin NOW, including a 30-minute webinar on Tuesday, that showcased the highlights of Taiwan as a cycling destination. Indeed, few countries offer bicycle travellers such a perfect infrastructure for their cycling vacations. Taiwan is one of the most cycling enthusiastic nations in the world, and one can for example discover Taiwan's landscapes and people along the famous long-distance cycling trail Route No1. Other presentations are focusing on outdoor activities, cultural aspects and different kinds of accommodation. Specialists from a wide range of fields provide webinar participants with important knowledge modules for successfully selling the destination. The Taiwan Tourism Office is promoting cycling and hiking tours lasting several days and many water sports activities, including surfing, sailing or diving – with something for all lovers of outdoor activities. Today, a 45-minute presentation will focus on hiking holidays as well as Taiwan’s scenic diversity. Tomorrow, the Taiwan Tourism Office will look at how 21st Century lifestyles are as much a part of Taiwan as centuries-old customs and religions, as well as the ancestral traditions of the 16 indigenous tribes. To register for the webinars, email s.schwindt@taiwantourismus. de. Places are available on a first come, first served basis. Sarawak has traditionally offered spectacular wildlife and unique tribal culture in the heart of Borneo. For adventurous tourists, who are ready to explore unusual destinations, Sarawak is the new kid on the block when it comes to cycling holidays. A specialised cycling tour operator based in the Sarawak capital of Kuching, Paradesa Borneo, offers trips on bike ranging from a few hours to more than 15 days. The newest one on the list is the Trans-Borneo Road Cycling – an epic 15-day adventure across the Malaysian region of Borneo, as well as Brunei. “The newly launched 15-day road cycling tour across the island of Borneo opens all new possibilities to experience a completely new side of the island,” said Paradesa Borneo Director JC Chua. “The tour covers two countries, eight international crossings and just over 1,300 km of great riding spread over twelve amazing days in the saddle. This ground-breaking journey through Borneo sees us cycling from the western state of Malaysia’s Sarawak and takes us, in style via the Kingdom of Brunei, to the eastern state of Sabah.” Established in 2013, Paradesa Borneo also offers Multiple Activity Cycling Holidays that combine bike and kayaking trips in Semadang River – as well as great hikes to spot wildlife in many national parks of Sarawak. Bespoke road and mountain cycling programme in Sarawak with the itinerary taking into consideration the customers’ experience, stamina, and interests are part of expanding portfolio of cycling holidays offered by Paradesa Borneo VISIT BRAND CAR D The Taiwan Tourism Office says webinar participants will receive a Bluetooth speaker after successful participation. In addition, a Taiwanese tea set will be raffled off among all participants after each webinar VISIT BRAND CAR D LEARN MORE ABOUT SARAWAK: READ THE SMARTguide "SARAWAK: A NEW VISION" 22 ITB BERLIN NEWS • THURSDAY 11 TH MARCH 2021 www.itb-berlin-news.com
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