Visitors top 500,000 as 2013 Taipei Int'l Book Fair ends
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan --The 2013 Taipei International Book Fair (TIBF) ended yesterday, recording a number of 508,000 participants.
February 5, 2013, 12:14 am TWN
According to the Taipei Book Fair Foundation (TIBFF), the participant number showed a slide from past years, but the number of group tickets grew.
TBFF's Chairman Wang Jong-wen (王榮文), Executive Director Huang Pao-ping (黃寶萍) and a representative from the Ministry of Culture, Mary Hsu (徐水仙), participated in the closing ceremony, in which they announced the number of participants.
Huang acknowledged that although the number of participants decreased, the number of groups, such as from schools, increased.
Wang said that the Culture Minister Lung Ying-tai (龍應台) had anticipated over a million participants in this year's book fair. Wang said that the government needs to add more incentives in order to exceed the million-visitor mark.
“We need the government to assist in our book fair projects,” Wang said.
He stressed that there are three areas to work on. First, the Education Ministry should assist in bringing more students to the fair. Second, the Transportation Ministry should help in attracting tourists to the fair. Third, the Foreign Affairs Ministry should allow the passing through of more visas.
Wang added that the Taipei fair should look up to the Hong Kong Book Fair as an example.
Similar to Taiwan, Hong Kong once hosted book fairs in collaboration with comic fairs, but decided to separate these into separate events.
Taiwan is also working toward establishing distinct fairs for books and comics, Wang said.