KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Although the 2014 Taiwan International Boat Show was closed on May 11, there have been discussions on the possibility of making the exhibition an annual event in order to expand its ensuing effects as well as its impact on related industries. Kaohsiung City Mayor Chen Chu said the Kaohsiung City Government will communicate with the central government regarding the establishment of a special yacht zone and the feasibility of holding the boat show annually.
The just concluded Taiwan International Boat Show had attracted 70,000 visitors and created business opportunities worth some NT$5.2 billion. Kaohsiung City Counselor Lien Li-chien asked the city government to increase yacht marinas and related facilities so as to further expand the yacht industry following the successful boat show. Mayor Chen noted that Kaohsiung’s yacht industry is the only one in Taiwan which has great development potential and the city government will strive for the building of more marinas in cooperation with Taiwan International Ports Corporation (TIPC) to develop the maritime recreation industry, and cooperate with all parties in promoting the multiple development of Port of Kaohsiung’s coastal industries to create better public welfare.
The mayor said at present more than 80% of Taiwan-manufactured yachts are built in Kaohsiung and the local yacht industry has highly competitive potential, therefore the city government will discuss with the Ministry of Economic Affairs the relocation of Dalinpu Village for the implementation of the Nansing (Southern Stars) Yacht Industrial Park project and cooperate with Environmental Protection Administration in solving environmental pollution problems on the site of planned Nansing (Southern Stars) Yacht Industrial Park. The city government will also evaluate the feasibility of hosting the international boat show annually to facilitate the further development of the local yacht industry and promote local industrial restructuring, added Chen.
Director Lai Jui Lung of the Kaohsiung City Marine Bureau said keel boats featuring such environment-friendly characteristics as low noise, low pollution and low energy consumption is the most affordable yacht for people in foreign countries and the Marine Bureau has been promoting keel boat recreational activities. As cruise and yacht industries become more and more popular, Kaohsiung City’s Training and Employment Center under the Bureau of Labor has recently opened water leisure skills course to train yachtsmen and plans to assist trainees in finding employment through industry-training cooperation.