Kaohsiung courts airlines
Civil Aeronautics Administration Director-General Jean Shen (沈啟) yesterday said that she will try to persuade two Taiwanese budget carriers to base themselves at Kaohsiung International Airport, in response to wishes by local tourism officials and tourism business operators in Greater Kaohsiung that the airport be developed into a base for low-cost airlines. She also promised to allocate NT$15 million (US$495,000) of the administration’s funding next year for comprehensive development projects at the airport. Kaohsiung Tourism Bureau Director Hsu Chuan-sheng (許傳盛) said there have been many successful cases overseas in which budget carriers have helped city development. He added that an increase in the number of cross-strait flights serving the city, along with budget airlines basing themselves at the airport, would help narrow the development gap between Greater Kaohsiung and Taipei.
Medal designer shortlisted
The Tang Prize Foundation yesterday named the 10 contestants who made it to the final round of a competition to design the medals for winners of the Tang Prize — billed as the “Asian Nobel Prize.” They are Matthew Dent from Britain, Kenji Ekuan from Japan, Massimo Zucchi from Italy, Chen Jun-liang (陳俊良) from Taiwan, Naoto Fukasawa from Japan, Soren Skafte Overgaard from Denmark, Harry Williamson from Australia, Kan Tai-keung from Hong Kong, Gunter Wermekes from Germany and Irma Boom from the Netherlands. A total of 61 designers from 15 countries entered the competition. In the final round in May, the designers are to present designs for each of the four categories of the Tang Prize: sustainable development, biomedicine, Sinology and rule of law.