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Taiwan News Quick Take

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TOURISM

Cruise passenger visitors up

Nearly 460,000 cruise passengers visited Taiwan in the first half of this year and the number could reach 778,000 this year, up 7.76 percent from last year, according to a report published by the Taiwan International Ports Corp. The number of visitors was 326,000 in 2012, rising to 548,000 in 2013, the report showed. It is estimated that 2.2 million Asian cruise passengers are to visit this year, accounting for 9.87 percent of the 22.3 million global cruise market, an increase from 19 million passengers worldwide in 2010, the report said. Keelung in northern Taiwan is the fifth-largest cruise harbor in Asia, behind Singapore, Jeju Island in South Korea, Hong Kong and Shanghai respectively, with 52 cruise ships operated by 26 cruise operators in Asia, according to the report. Of the cruise ships that visit Taiwan, 76 percent travel between Taiwan and China, 15 percent to and from Japan and 9 percent Europe, the report showed.

SOCIETY

Public road museum to open

The nation’s first public roads museum is to open to visitors today. The Directorate-General of Highways (DGH) said the museum, located on the first floor of its new headquarters in western Taipei, would provide visitors with free access to the history and development of Taiwan’s highways and bridges. The museum consists of three sections: a permanent exhibition, special exhibitions and a reading room. The museum employs multimedia materials to create an interactive environment. The permanent exhibition covers the chronology of the DGH since its establishment and the development of the nation’s roads. Highlights include archives about the MacArthur Thruway connecting Taipei and the northern port city of Keelung, the east-west cross-island highway and the Siluo Bridge in central Taiwan. The museum is also to display a variety of restored documents from 1947 to 1948 in the first special exhibition, which is to run from Sept. 1 through Sept. 18.

FOREIGN AFFAIRS

Majorenko named EETO head

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini has announced the appointment of Madeleine Majorenko as head of the European Economic and Trade Office (EETO) in Taiwan, starting next month. EETO director Frederic Laplanche is to return to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs at the end of this month, the EU representative office in Taiwan said in a statement released on Friday last week. Majorenko joined the Directorate-General for External Relations in 2005 and was appointed deputy head of the Unit for Relations with Eastern Europe and South Caucasus, and was the head of the Unit for European Neighbourhood Policy in the European External Action Service in 2009, a post she currently holds.

DIPLOMACY

Rice donation praised

Taiwan’s regular donation of rice to the US-based Food for the Poor’s relief project in Haiti has won the international relief organization’s acclaim, with Taiwan’s food aid said to have helped save tens of hundreds of Haitian people living in poverty. Ambassador to Haiti Peter Hwang (黃再求) said on Saturday that, since 2008, the Taiwanese government has donated 2,400 tonnes of rice each year to Food for the Poor under a cooperative program aimed at supplying food to 15,000 poverty-stricken households in Haiti for four consecutive months per year. Haitians are “genuinely very grateful to Taiwan” for being able to eat freshly cooked rice, Hwang said.

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