If successful, event expected to bring in NT$3 billion in tourism revenue
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
The two northern Taiwan cities have come together for the goal of winning a bid to host an international sporting event. Competing with Paris, France and Perth, Australia, the Taiwanese twin cities made their first-stage virtual presentation on Aug. 14; New Taipei Sports Office Director Hung Yu-ling (洪玉玲) said that there will be another presentation on Oct. 21, and the final decision will be made on Nov. 3.
The World Masters Games, an international multi-sport athletic competition, is held every four years by the International Masters Games Association (IMGA) for athletes over the age of 30. As participants compete as individuals instead of for their home countries, there are no national delegations, according to a UDN report.
Hung said that as more than half of participating athletes bring their families and friends to the event, tourism is an important fringe benefit to the host country. [FULL STORY]