On the 2nd of March, Taipei Mission in Sweden organized a seminar at Stockholm Sheraton Hotel in order to introduce the beauty of Taiwan and to attract more Swedish tourists to visit the island. A total of 80 guests attended the seminar, which included Swedish government officials, parliamentary members, foreign diplomats, academics, travel agencies as well as leaders of the overseas Chinese/Taiwanese Associations and Swedish exchange students who have studied in Taiwan.
Taipei Mission in Sweden also invited Caroline Szyber, chairperson of the "Swedish Taiwanese Parliamentary Association", Lars Hultman, Professor and Chief Executive Officer of Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research as well as representatives from Eva Air in London to hold presentations about Taiwan.
Representative of the Mission, Ambassador Daniel Liao opened the seminar with a speech where he said that although Taiwan is far away from Sweden, the two countries share the concepts of freedom, democracy and human rights. He hoped that these features together with Taiwan's rich natural scenery, culture and friendly people, can attract more Swedes to travel to Taiwan in the future.
Ms Szyber shared her experience of visiting Taiwan and pointed out that Taiwan, in addition to having delicious food, beautiful natural landscapes, and its kind and diligent people, attributes an important role model of Asian democracy. Ms Szyber also said that she has recommended Taiwan as a tourist destination to her family and friends. Professor Hultman talked about his visit to Taiwan where he had the pleasure to experience Taroko National Park and collect jade stones from the river. Professor Hultman plans to go to Taiwan again with his family in April, 2017 to visit his son who is studying at Jiaotong University in Hsinchu.
At the end of the seminar, Eva Air organized a raffle with a luxury economy class ticket from Europe to Taipei as prize. After the presentations, the guests enjoyed exquisite Swedish and Chinese cuisine and at the same time, watch videos about tourist spots in Taiwan as well as a behind the scenes film of director Martin Scorsese`s latest movie "Silence" which was filmed in Taiwan.