The Greater Taichung Government’s Information Bureau said countdown parties brought not only joy, but also ample business opportunities to nearby restaurants and hotels, adding: “Every budget has its purpose.”
The Greater Kaohsiung Government said statistics had indicated that New Year’s Eve parties would bring economic benefits to local businesses, but added that it would gradually reduce its expenditure on such events.
Hualien County councilor Liu Hsiao-mei (劉曉玫) said while countdown parties could give youngsters a chance to have fun and allow tourists to better experience the country, she was against spending money on fireworks and celebrity performances.
The Greater Tainan Government expressed a different view.
The city’s Department of Information and International Relations director Chao Ching-hui (趙卿惠) said although the city’s New Year’s Eve events for the past three years did not feature a fireworks display, they still met the expectations of most city residents and captured the spirit of the special occasion.
Additional Reporting by Shih Chih-ju, Kuo Yan-hui and Chang Ching-ya