Mayor of Taipei speaks at tourism industry gathering

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Isabel Lin, Researcher of International Affairs Division, Taipei City Government
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Mayor Ko pointed out that the city government offered many innovative responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Facing the possibility of another pandemic wave in the winter, he warned everyone to be prepared and take precautions early. He stressed that confronting a problem is the first step towards solving it. Up through 2019, Taiwan have received more than 10 million visitors from abroad. However, due to the pandemic, the figures saw a tremendous drop. Taipei alone is the home to 1,486 tour companies, which is roughly one-third of the total in Taiwan. Seeing the detrimental impact of the pandemic, it is important for the city government to take actions. By knowing what these companies need, the government can then figure out ways to help them.

In the post-COVID-19 era, Ko believes that the focus should not be stimulus but transformation, since the world will be completely changed. To him, there are two pieces to pandemic prevention border control and internal control. Taipei City reported 117 COVID-19 cases over the past months, but only 8 cases were contracted locally. This means that border control was too lax in the initial stage, having admitted many people infected with the virus.

With the pandemic in Taiwan expected to remain low for the coming months, he remarked that businesses can return to its normal routine and organize promotion activities. However, people should keep in mind that there may be a resurgence in the future and devise plans for risk management beforehand. That is what the city government is working on at this moment.

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