Taipei, Around 200,000 cash vouchers will be handed out to visitors to the annual Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE) next year, while migrant workers and other foreign nationals will be able to attend for free, the organizers said on Tuesday.
The vouchers, valued at NT$100 (US$3.41) each, can be used to purchase books during the exhibition, which will be held Jan. 26-31, 2021 at the Taipei World Trade Center, said Culture Minister Lee Yung-te (李永得).
The vouchers, aimed at promoting book sales, will be limited to one per person, said Wang Hsiu-yin (王秀銀), Taipei Book Fair Foundation director.
Migrant workers, and other foreign nationals will be given free entry upon presentation of their passports, Wang said, adding that minors and the disabled will also receive free entry.
Robert Lin (林訓民), Taipei Book Fair Foundation chairman, encouraged migrant workers to visit the exhibition because Taiwan’s education ministry has been promoting books in Southeast Asian languages in recent years.
The 2021 TIBE theme country will be South Korea, Lin said.
South Korea was supposed to be the theme country selected for the 2020 TIBE before it was postponed in late January, canceled in March and then moved online in May due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
The 2019 TIBE attracted 580,000 visitors and had 1,832 exhibition booths set up by 735 exhibitors from 52 countries, according to statistics provided by the Taipei Book Fair Foundation.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel