TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Monday (Oct. 7) appeared in a video showing the lavish suite where 18 lucky foreign bloggers will be staying during their visit to the Presidential Office.
On Monday, the Facebook page La Vie uploaded a video showing Tsai introducing a suite in the Presidential Office compound known as the Lixing Building. In the video, Tsai exclaimed that the newly renovated suite is "very beautiful! More beautiful than most other rooms in the Presidential Office."
Tsai said that Taiwan frequently welcomes foreign dignitaries to the building. However, the purpose of the new suite is to welcome social media influencers from abroad and help promote Taiwan to the world, said Tsai.
The president explained that the furniture, tables, chairs, cabinets, and even desk lamps are all made locally in Taiwan. Tsai said the goal of the suite is simple: "We want the guests to enjoy the most welcoming, authentic Taiwanese ambiance during their stay."
Tsai inside suite. (Still from Facebook video)
Ten teams will spend a night at Taiwan’s Presidential Office after winning a contest aimed at introducing the island to a greater international audience. One team a week will stay at the politically, historically important building from Tuesday (Oct. 8) until December.
Winners include South Korean travel vlogger Kim Juh-yeok and a hearing-impaired couple from the U.S. and Germany who are also YouTubers. Kim was the first vlogger to be housed in the new Presidential Office suite during an overnight stay on Tuesday.
Other winners hail from Israel, Hungary, Thailand, France, Poland, Canada, Japan, and India, reported CNA.
The event was billed as an opportunity to promote Taiwan’s cultural diversity, hospitality, temple culture, vibrant gastronomic scene, and democratic freedoms. However, proposals from China, Hong Kong, and Macau failed to arouse the interest of the judging panel, though the Presidential Office denied there was any meddling in the evaluation process.
The competition received 167 entries from 33 countries during the 19-day registration period. The winners selected to stay in the Japanese-built building were chosen for the originality of their proposals and social media influence, wrote CNA.