Band, mayor adorn Kaohsiung MRT

BRINGING IN CROWDS::Kaohsiung City government officials estimate that a series of Mayday concerts will attract 200,000 people, boosting hotel occupancy rates

By Yang Ching-ching and Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

Sun, Dec 02, 2012 - Page 3

The Greater Kaohsiung City Government yesterday debuted Kaohsiung Mass Rapid Transit System (KMRT) carriages decorated with photographs and mosaic pictures of the five members of the popular rock band Mayday (五月天) and Greater Kaohsiung Mayor Chen Chu (陳菊) as part of its campaign to promote tourism in the southern city.

Named “Kaohsiung Incredible,” the three carriages on the red line of the KMRT have been designed to introduce the city’s tourist sites to visitors.

Small surprises and fun ideas are abound in the special carriages, city government officials said.

The photos and mosaic pictures allow passengers to pose for photographs with the members of Mayday, so they can tour the city with their music idols, the officials added.

Lai Jui-lung (賴瑞隆), director of the city government’s Information Bureau, said the three carriages will be in service from yesterday untill the end of this month.

“Kaohsiung has a series of exciting events planned for the end of the year. Four year-end Mayday concerts are expected to attract 200,000 people. Among them, more than 100,000 are from foreign countries or other cities and counties in Taiwan,” he said.

The band’s highly touted “Nowhere Worldwide Tour Concert” is to wrap up in Greater Kaohsiung, with four concerts scheduled between Dec. 21 and Dec. 31.

“Tickets for the Mayday concerts in Kaohsiung are selling out quickly, and there are only a few left. Rooms in the city’s big hotels and budget lodging places have all been booked up for those four dates,” Lai said.

“We estimate that the Mayday concerts will generate more than NT$500 million (US$17.2 million) in revenue for different sectors,” he added.

To thank KMRT passengers and Mayday fans, the KMRT Administration has issued two souvenir fare cards — “Nowhere Worldwide Tour” and “Unlimited Innovation” — priced at NT$200 each, including the KMRT fare of NT$100.

These special souvenir fare cards became available starting yesterday at all KMRT stations, the city government said.