Furlough numbers decrease
The number of workers on furlough has dropped slightly since the start of the year, but more than 10,000 are still on unpaid leave, data released by the Council of Labor Affairs showed yesterday. As of Sunday, 11,630 employees from 91 companies had reached agreements with their employers to go on furlough and 11,575 of those were on unpaid leave, the statistics showed. The numbers were down from Jan. 2, when 13,034 employees from 109 companies were reported to have agreed to take unpaid leave. At that time, 12,487 were actually on furlough. The council said it would continue to monitor the situation and work to protect workers’ rights.
Taipei win charming award
Taipei was selected as last year’s most charming city and destination by the largest travel Web site in China, the city’s Department of Information and Tourism said yesterday. Chao Hsin-ping (趙心屏), the department’s commissioner, said the city appreciated the recognition and looked forward to welcoming more Chinese tourists so they could experience the city’s charm. Chao recorded a video, which was played at the award presentation ceremony in Shanghai on Sunday, to introduce Chinese travelers to some of Taipei’s renowned sites, such as the National Palace Museum and Taipei 101. Taipei won a special “judges panel award” as the most charming destination and was the only Taiwanese city to receive an award in the online survey. However, Chinese netizens did not vote for Taipei as one of their favorite domestic or foreign destinations on the Ctrip Web site. Online voters chose Lijiang in China’s Yunnan Province, as the best domestic destination and the Maldive Islands as their favorite foreign getaway.