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Ministry touts success of 2013 Taiwan Grand Sale

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA, 經濟部) held an exhibition at Taipei Main Station recently to show the great achievements of the 2013 Taiwan Grand Sale.

It was the first time that the MOEA joined together the six major cities in Taiwan to run such an event in order to stimulate domestic consumption and to attract foreign visitors, said the MOEA.

Coordinated with over 20,000 shops and businesses, the Taiwan Grand Sale included all industries, such as retail to department stores. Within six months, this event has already seen great success. So far, new business opportunities amount to up to NT$33.5 billion. Moreover, the amount of visitors who travel to Taiwan also increased by 9.15 percent compared to last year.

Through the Taiwan Grand Sale, the MOEA hopes not only to stimulate the local economy, but also to promote Taiwan's superior shopping spaces. Besides the impression of Taiwanese people's hospitality, the MOEA is sending a message to foreigners that Taiwan is a great place to enjoy shopping.

The event is now in its second phase at the Taichung Shopping Festival and the Tainan Shopping Festival, and runs from Dec. 7 to Dec. 31. With different features, Taichung and Tainan cities invite visitors to enjoy and experience an exceptional shopping experiences before the clock ticks down on 2013.

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