Businessmen donate masks
Two Taiwanese businessmen in the US, identified as H.L. Liu (劉弘基) and T.W. Chow (周大瑋) have donated thousands of masks to help prevent the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in Taiwan. Liu has given 51,000 masks and Chow 10,000 masks. China Airlines has agreed to bring the masks to Taipei for distribution free of charge. More than 50 Taiwanese-American organizations and enterprises in southern California have formed a support association for the prevention and treatment of SARS in Taiwan, while some Chinese-Americans living in other parts of the US have also donated cash and medicine.
Welsh delegation to visit
Eight senior executives from six Wales-based firms are expected to reach Taipei tomorrow for a four-day visit to explore business opportunities, the British Trade and Cultural Office (BTCO) announced yesterday. "Eight senior executives from six companies will be represented on the Wales Trade International Mission," said BTCO in a press release. "They will be here to explore trade and investment opportunities with local business organizations, agents, distributors and importers." The mission represented a range of products and services, including network system integration, protein stabilization, sealed carbon dioxide lasers, and the refurbishment of telecommunication products, among others.
USCDC issues advisory
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a travel advisory advising US nationals to postpone nonessential trips to Taiwan in the wake of the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). "CDC is now issuing a travel advisory for Taiwan. This decision is based on the magnitude and scope of the evolving outbreak, including a rapid increase in suspected and probable cases," the CDC said in a statement on Thursday. "In addition, there are several cases without apparent epidemiologic links, raising concern about community transmission," the statement added. The CDC had issued a travel alert for Taiwan on Tuesday, advising US nationals to avoid visiting hospital wards caring for SARS patients.
Kaohsiung exhibition opens
The 2003 Kaohsiung Travel Fair was opened yesterday by Kaohsiung Mayor Frank Hsieh (謝長廷) and Kaohsiung County Magistrate Yang Chiu-hsiung (楊秋興). The fair has a total of 198 stands set up by hotels and restaurants, the aviation sector and foreign tourism promotion agencies. After a ribbon-cutting ceremony, Hsieh and Yang toured the exhibition's Kaohsiung County Pavilion and encouraged people to eat pineapples grown in Tashu township, claiming that eating the fruit can help prevent severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). KATA chairman Wu Pao-shun (吳寶順) said that SARS has dealt a heavy blow to the domestic tourism industry, with the majority of travel agents having been forced to temporarily suspend operations or implement lay-offs. He added that his association decided to organize the fair in an attempt to help attract more tourists.