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Taipei, Bibai to Collaborate on Wetland and Cycling Tourism

Deputy Mayor Chou Li-fang met with a Japanese delegation from Hokkaido’s Bibai City at city hall on November 18. The dignitaries and Taipei City officials exchanged opinions on tourism incorporating attractions such as wetlands and cycling.
According to Chou, Miyajima-numa of Bibai is a recognized wetland of international importance by Ramsar Convention, while Taipei’s Guandu Nature Park is listed by the Convention as a role model of wetland education center. The two cities will join hands in promoting wetland and waterfowl conservation, along with biking events.
The deputy mayor also invited the Bibai delegation to participate in the Velo-city Conference to be hosted by Taipei between February 27 and March 1 in 2016. The agenda includes a forum on February 28 discussing how cycling contributes to sustainable tourism with enormous commercial opportunities.
On his part, Bibai City Mayor Takahashi Mikio noted that the Hokkaido city is actively engaged in promoting cycling tourism in an attempt to stimulate economic growth in a city struggling with ageing population and out migration. He will be sharing Bibai’s experience in planning bicycle sightseeing programs in the Velo-city event.
Chou reckoned that cities have their own traits and thus different ways of promoting bicycle as a form of transportation and recreation. With Taipei and Bibai sharing the characteristics of wetland ecology systems, the two will seek to work closely on cycling tourism and city travel.