Taipei 101 looks to cooperate with landmark buildings in Vietnam

Osaka--The owners of Taipei 101, Taiwan's tallest skyscraper, on Thursday said they plan to visit Vietnam in late March to discuss deals involving landmark buildings in the country.

The visit will be part of the government's "new southbound" policy, an initiative it hopes will bolster tourism between the two countries, the company said.

The company is also looking at future prospective deals with other southeast Asian nations, Taipei 101 chairman Chou Te-yu said during a signing ceremony on Thursday with the owners of Japan's tallest building, the 300-meter Abeno Harukas.

Under the agreement signed by Taipei 101 chairman and his Japanese counterpart Abeno Harukas director Hidenori Akasaka, the buildings will host a series of joint tourism activities later this year.

Taipei Financial Center Corp., owner of Taipei 101, has signed cooperative agreements with a number of landmark buildings in Japan as well as South Korea.

Earlier in February, Taipei 101 inked a deal involving Lotte World Seoul Sky, the tallest building in South Korea.

"Taipei 101 will push all boundaries to promote bilateral tourism with the world's most renowned skyscrapers," Chou said.

According to the chairman, Taipei 101's observatory welcomed 2.61 million tourists last year, a drop from 2.9 million recorded in 2015.

Although the decline was a result of falling numbers of tourists from China, Chou said there was an increase in visitors from Japan, South Korea, Southeast Asia and Europe last year.

Source: Overseas Community Affairs Council