Meet Startup @TW Opens New Office in Kaohsiung

On Aug. 15, travel e-commerce company has inaugurated a new office in Kaohsiung, the largest city in southern Taiwan. Witnessing the rapid growth of travel industry in this region, it plans to expand its staff to recruit more local talents.

The interior of the new office

Expedia, in its 2019 Travel Trend report, points out that Taiwan has seen an overall increase of 15 percent in the demand for accommodation.

Meanwhile, Kaohsiung's Tourism Bureau reveals a 20 percent growth in the city's hotel bookings from January to May, compared to data from the same period of 2018. It has also jumped from the 12th to the 5th in the ranking of the most popular cities among tourists in the Asia-Pacific region.

According to the statistics offered by, the largest number of Asian tourists visiting Kaohsiung comes from China, Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, and Malaysia while the rest is mainly from the US, Germany, Australia, the UK, and France.

The new Kaohsiung office is the company's 46th office in Asia. Besides the tourism boom in southern Taiwan, this branch is launched in response to the constant rise in the number of hotel partners in this region.

It is expected to help the company build partnership with local accommodation providers, including hotels and B&Bs, for its customers to enjoy a wider variety of options.


Bryan Chou
Journalist & Global PR

Bryan Chou is a Taiwan-based and born journalist, who writes about innovation and entrepreneurship for Business Next and Meet. Over the past five years, he has written for a student press, translated numerous magazine pieces, and worked as an intern in two startups. He believes what shapes him into who he is today is not only these experiences but the people he has interacted with and the stories he has learned from them.

He has a BA in Foreign languages and literatures from NTU. After graduation, he spent a year in Prague, traveling extensively around Europe to learn about the history and culture of the region from local people. Currently based in Taipei, he hopes to present the best of Taiwan to the world.

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