Whipps all set to visit Taiwan to begin marketing spiel as travel bubble opens

Palau President Surangel Whipps Jr

Palau President Surangel Whipps Jr. will become the nation's promoter-in-chief as he prepares for his upcoming trip to Taiwan, where he will visit tour agencies and medical facilities.

"The most important part of this trip is to open the travel bubble," Whipps told the Pacific Island Times.

The president, who is scheduled to leave for Taipei on Monday, will be among Taiwan's first Palauan visitors at the launch of the "sterile corridor" between the two allied countries.

Whipps said his itinerary will include a meeting with his Taiwanese counterpart, President Tsai Ing-wen, "to further improve our relationship" and reaffirm "our strong bilateral ties" with Taiwan.