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Malaysia woos Taiwanese visitors with presentation

TAIPEI -- Tourism Malaysia held a presentation yesterday in Taichung, central Taiwan, to encourage Taiwanese tourists to visit the southeast Asian country.

The agency noted that there will be an international hot-air balloon fiesta in Putraajaya, 30 kilometers from the capital Kuala Lumpur, at the end of March, and added that representatives from Taiwan's Tourism Bureau and the Taitung county government — which will kick off an international hot-air balloon fiesta of its own in late May — will also attend.

Currently, there are a total of 54 Malaysia-Taiwan flights per week, many of which are operated by Malaysia-based AirAsia, Asia's largest low-cost airline, the tourism agency said.

Super Power Travel Service, a travel service company in Taichung, said that despite the March 8 disappearance of a Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 227 passengers and 12 crew members from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, the incident has not affected Taiwanese people's interest in traveling to the country for the time being.

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