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US TV show could help boost Taiwan tourism

Staff writer, with CNA

The recent Emmy nomination of a TV series distributed by the US Public Broadcasting Service is expected to focus attention on Taiwan, as the country’s Aboriginal and tea cultures ARE featured in the programs, the Tourism Bureau said yesterday.

Joseph Rosendo’s Travelscope, a travel show that reaches millions of US viewers, has been nominated for three Emmys, the premier award in US TV entertainment programming.

The nominations are in the categories of special class directing, single camera photography and live action sound mixing.

“We are glad that the world can learn about Taiwan through such an extraordinary show,” a Tourism Bureau official said.

The nominated series includes two episodes about Taiwan, featuring the country’s Aboriginal community and tea culture.

At the invitation of the bureau in 2010, Rosendo’s team visited eastern Taiwan and its outlying Green Island (綠島) and Lanyu (蘭嶼) — also known as Orchid Island — to experience how the Tao people fish, the official said.

The team also participated in tea production in Taiwan, from grading raw tea, sieving and curing to blowing, the official added.

Following the broadcast of the series, the bureau said, it will launch a special campaign in September to feature five typical Taiwanese teas — Wenshan Pouchong, Oriental Beauty, Alishan High Mountain, Honey-Flavored Black and Assam Black — as part of its efforts to promote in-depth travel to Taiwan.

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