Hotels offer special packages to woo visitors to Yilan’s annual Green Expo
Hotels in Yilan County, Eastern Taiwan, are offering special discounts and packages to attract people visiting the county’s annual Green Expo, which kicked off on March 28 and runs through May 17.
The Green Expo, being held in the Wulaoken River Valley, is aimed at raising awareness of environmental protection, promoting a green lifestyle, and encouraging the integration of a green life with local customs.
A total of 5 million people attended the event between 2000, when it was launched, and 2014, and high attendance is expected again in 2015 when the Green Expo showcases aquatic ecosystems, rural landscapes, and traditional farm villages under the theme “Green Miracle — The New Generation of Agriculture.”
Anticipating high numbers of visitors, hotels in the Green Expo area are offering special deals and experiences to drum up business.
Hotel Royal Chiaohsi has created a package featuring accommodation and two meals a day that use vegetables grown through hydroponics — in which plants are grown by placing their roots in liquid nutrient solutions rather than soil.
As part of the package, which costs NT$4,950 (US$159) per person per night, the hotel will also host a “Monopoly” game in which guests are given a series of challenges to overcome.
Those who reach the finish line first will win gifts and participate in a lucky draw for a free stay at the hotel’s Tainan branch.
Guan Xiang Century Hotel, also located in Jiaoxi, said it is offering double rooms starting at NT$5,798 per night on weekdays, inclusive of two meals a day and two tickets to the Green Expo.
The hotel said families can also take advantage of the package during the Green Expo period by paying an additional NT$1,588 per child per night.
Evergreen Resort Hotel is offering packages starting at NT$9,500 a night for Green Expo visitors that include a double room, two meals a day and afternoon tea.
Evergreen said children staying at the hotel will have the chance to play with several traditional Chinese toys available on the premises, and guests can visit a dough figurine sculpture exhibition all day and attend a shadow puppet show in the evening.
For an extra NT$100 per person, guests can visit Sanshing Township, known for its green onions, and learn to pick and clean them and use them to make green onion cakes.