Taiwan News Quick Take
PTS manager gets new term
The general manager of the government-funded Public Television Service (PTS) has received unanimous support to begin a new three-year term, PTS chairman Shaw Yu-ming (邵玉銘) said on Tuesday. Sunshine Kuang (曠湘霞) won the votes of all 15 board members — including two proxies — at a meeting held on Tuesday to select the next general manager, Shaw said. Two other board members did not participate. Prior to the vote, Kuang and two other candidates were interviewed by members of the board, Shaw said. He did not reveal the identity of the losing candidates, citing secrecy rules. Shaw said he favors Kuang because of her familiarity with the TV station. Kuang, 62, has held the job since February 2011 and has spent much of the past 25 years working in broadcasting.
Thailand wooing Taiwanese
A senior Thai tourism official said during a just-concluded travel fair in Taipei that his country is expecting about 400,000 Taiwanese tourists to visit by the end of this year amid increasing travel exchanges between the two countries. The goal seems reasonable, as nearly 350,000 Taiwanese visited Thailand between January and August this year, an 80 percent year-on-year increase, according to the Tourism Bureau. Annual visits to Thailand by Taiwanese could continue to grow to 510,000 by the end of next year, when the Southeast Asian country forecasts a total of 28 million overseas tourists will have visited, Tourism Authority of Thailand Governor Suraphon Svetasreni said. Svetasreni said his authority would especially focus on first-time visitors, particularly groups of young people and students, adding that businesspeople and golfers would also be major targets.
Krispy Kreme coming soon
US-based Krispy Kreme Doughnuts will open its first local store in December, filling the vacuum left by the departure of another US chain, Dunkin’ Donuts, earlier this year. Krispy Kreme Taiwan declined to comment on the move, but wrote on its Facebook page on Tuesday: “Coming to Taipei in December.” According to information from the company on a local job site, the new store will open in Xinyi District (信義). Krispy Kreme is looking for both full-time and part-time employees as it plans warm-up promotional events starting in the middle of next month, the recruitment ad says. Founded in North Carolina in 1937, Krispy Kreme has outlets in the US, Canada, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Colombia and several other countries.
Taipei team wins marathon
A team from Taipei won a birdwatching marathon in the southwest of the country over the weekend by recording 125 bird species in 30 hours, more than one-third of the total observed this year. Birdwatchers from the Wild Bird Society of Taipei beat 24 teams from Malaysia, South Korea, the US, Spain, Thailand, Canada and South Africa in the 2013 Taiwan Birdathon. The teams recorded a total of 305 species, 39 more than last year, from 8am on Saturday through 5pm on Sunday. Competitors from the US and Malaysia said they were thrilled to discover more than 20 birds they had never seen before and that they were encouraged by the diversity of birds in Taiwan to come back and compete again, the Southwest Coast National Scenic Area Administration said. Under the rules, teams of three or four race to record as many different birds as they can by identifying them in the mountains or by the seaside in Yunlin and Chiayi counties and Greater Tainan.