The Maritime Port Bureau (MPB), Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) hosted the first “Forum on Tourism Development for Taiwan Domestic Commercial Ports” at the Second International Conference Hall in Chiayi Chang Gung Memorial Hospital on October 5. Administrative Deputy Minister of the MOTC Chi Wen-Chong, MPB Deputy Director General Chen Pin-Chuan, Chiayi County Deputy Magistrate Wu Fang-Ming, Deputy Minister of National Development Council Tseng Shu-Cheng, Penghu County Senior Executive Officer Hung Tung-Lin, and Taiwan International Ports Corporation General Manager Kuo Tien-Kui jointly announced the official launch of diverse tourism development for domestic commercial ports.
Deputy Minister Mr. Tseng emphasized in his speech that as Taiwan is surrounded by sea, it should break free of traditional development concepts and promote the transformation of commercial ports and surrounding land. Deputy Magistrate Mr. Wu suggested that the fishing port, yacht piers, and commercial port should support each other and form strategic alliances to actively advance cooperation with Scenic Area Administrations in Yunlin, Chiayi, and Tainan. Senior Executive Officer Mr. Hung stated that Penghu and Budai should enhance cooperation. Deputy Minister Mr. Chi first expressed support for the topics planned for the forum and pointed out that Taiwan should use its abundant marine resources to achieve international competitiveness of the existing commercial ports and yacht piers through alliances between ports, transformation of the use of marine regions, and revitalization of land.
MPB Section Leader Jao Chih-Ping gave a speech on the “Past, Present, and Future of Budai Port” to start the forum. He stated that Budai Commercial Port faces the most restrictions among the 4 domestic commercial ports with limited shipping growth and restrictions on availability based on seasons. Therefore, Budai Commercial Port must make adjustments. The number of passenger transportation in Budai Port in recent years has gradually increased to 500,000 per year and the MPB hopes to initiate cooperation between the central and local governments to promote the image of the port and improve passenger services. They should aim to break the stereotype of a closed shipping port and provide diverse services for shopping, leisure, and tourism in order to convert Budai Port into a seaside tourism corridor.
Multiple heavy-weight guests were invited to this forum to share their valuable experience. They included Taiwan International Ports Corporation General Manager Kuo Tien-Kui who discussed revitalizing and transforming assets in port areas and shared his experience. Director Hsu Chen-Neng of the Southwest Coast National Scenic Area Administration of the Tourism Bureau proposed an added-value plan to connect with sights near the port and across different regions. Vice President Liu Hsi-Lin of the National Kaohsiung University of Hospitality and Tourism gave a humorous talk on dissecting and making use of resources to nurture tourism through the integration of products, technologies, and marketing. Famous tour guide and scholar Professor Li Chi-Yue began with cruise ships in Asia that have gained popularity in recent years and discussed how world-class ports in Canada, Aruba, and Greenland began development with tourism to let people know how ports can be developed.
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