Taiwanese travel agents push 'Linsanity' tourism
Taiwanese travel agents have gotten their mitts on some New York Knicks tickets and are offering them as part of a group tour to the U.S.
Capitalizing on the incredible popularity of the Knicks' number 17, Jeremy Lin, Taiwanese travel agent Lion Travel is the first to offer the Linsanity tours -- or what they literally call "going to New York to cheer on Little Hao." (Lin's Chinese name is Lin Shu Hao.)
A representative of Lion Travel says "several groups have sold out" since the agency began promoting the tours on the afternoon of February 15.
The son of Taiwanese immigrants, Lin has made headlines in his parents' homeland for being the first Taiwanese-American player to have a big impact on the NBA.
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Lion Travel obtained the hard-to-get NBA tickets for two Knicks' home games at Madison Square Garden.
Valued at US$130 each, the NBA tickets are on offer as part of Lion Travel's 10- to 11-day package tours of Philadelphia, Washington, New York and Boston.
There are 27 tickets available for the March 20 game between the New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors, as well as 25 tickets available for the March 28 game between the Knicks and Orlando Magic.
Another Taiwan travel agent, Phoenix Tours, have begun to offer Linsanity tours for the Knicks versus Raptors game, as well as a Knicks versus Philadelphia 76ers game. Both are included in a seven-day tour of the U.S.
In addition to coughing up around NT$70,000 (more than US$2,000) per person for the tour, the main obstacle for "Linsane" fans who hope to join the trips is obtaining U.S. visas in time for departure.