The host of the US travel television series Travelscope won on Friday last week a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host in a Lifestyle-Travel Program which included an episode featuring Taiwan’s Lantern Festival.
Joseph Rosendo’s Travelscope, which airs on PBS in the US and public television stations in Canada, has run for seven seasons and won three National Daytime Emmy awards.
The latest award is the first time the show has won an Emmy with an episode about Taiwan.
Two years ago, the show, which included an episode titled “Taiwan — the Culture of Tea,” was nominated, but failed to win.
Rosendo said upon receiving the award that the most wonderful thing for Taiwanese is that they can be themselves, share things about themselves with other people and allow others to become a part of their lives.
This makes Taiwan the most special place in the world, he said.
Lin Hsin-jen (林信任), director of the Tourism Bureau’s Los Angeles office, who accompanied Rosendo to the ceremony, said the award serves as big encouragement for Taiwan’s tourism industry.
Lin said his office plans to continue to cooperate with Rosendo on travel programs about Taiwan, with an episode about the nation’s railways set to be the next Travelscope feature.
Shooting was completed in April and it is scheduled to air next year.
Lin said his office also plans to collaborate with US actor Rob Schneider to promote Taiwan tourism in his new program Shakes up Hollywood: Real Rob, an eight-episode comedy series Schneider is independently producing and financing.