Taipei-President Tsai Ing-wen (???) on Tuesday unveiled a suite in the century-old Presidential Office building, where 18 foreign nationals will take turns to stay overnight as their prize in a video blogging competition hosted by the government to promote Taiwan internationally.
In a recorded video on Facebook, Tsai gave a tour of the suite in the Lixing Building, a two-story structure in the Presidential Office compound, and highlighted the locally made furnishings and decor.
"Our goal is simple. We want the guests to enjoy the most welcoming, authentic Taiwanese ambience during their stay," Tsai said in the two-and-a-half-minute video.
The first occupant of the suite will be Kim Juhyeok, a South Korean travel photographer and blogger, who will stay overnight Tuesday.
The other 17 winners of the government-run competition suite will take turns over the next three months to stay in the suite, which is the major part of their prize. They will also be given a guided tour of the Presidential Office building and will be invited to attend the morning flag-raising ceremony there.
Tsai said most of the 18 winners are famous vloggers in their own countries and can help promote Taiwan internationally because of their popularity on social media.
They hail from Israel, Hungary, Germany, Thailand, France, Poland, Canada, Japan, South Korea, India and the United States, according to the Presidential Office.
In the competition, the contestants were required to upload a video clip, of up to 90 seconds, explaining why they were best suited to carry out the promotion.
From the 167 submissions received Aug. 12-31, the judges selected 18 winners in the video blogging competition, which was part of Taiwan's ongoing celebrations to mark the 100th anniversary of the historic Presidential Office building.
The complex was built in 1919, during the period of Japanese colonial rule, and first served as the office of the governor-general of Taiwan, then became the Presidential Office in 1950.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel