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Tourism bureau appoints Lai as director-general

By Shelley Shan  /  STAFF REPORTER

Janice Lai (賴瑟珍), the new director-general of the tourism bureau, has become the first female director in the history of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications.

Lai said in an inauguration ceremony for the new directors yesterday that she had simply been chosen because no one else within the bureau had more experience than her.

Though she has worked in a male-dominated environment, Lai said she has never been treated differently because of her gender.

"Some of the more feminine qualities, such as thoughtfulness and consideration, are helpful in handling tourism affairs," Lai said, adding that she would do her best in her new capacity.

The announcement of Lai and four other new directors-general for the bureau was announced by Minister of Transportation and Communications Tsai Duei (蔡堆) on Monday night.

The appointment will make Lai the chief negotiator with China on cross-strait tourism affairs.

Lai was the deputy director-general of the tourism bureau before being promoted to the new position. Before that, she served in different capacities within the bureau.

She has also been in charge of handling a series of travel-related crises, including a boat capsizing at Sun Moon Lake and the bankruptcy of a major travel agency in Taipei.

Yesterday, Lai was presented to the press along with two other new directors-general, including Chen Feng-nan (陳峰男) of the Taiwan Railway Administration and Lee Tai-ming (李泰明) of the Taiwan Area National Freeway Bureau.

Contrary to other bureaus in the ministry, the tourism bureau is considered to be a more female-friendly environment.

Besides Lai, two-thirds of the division chiefs at the bureau are women.

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