Taiwan Tourism Promotion

This is what he calls the video himself.

Funny stuff. But too much hello kitty squeaky voice girls.

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Yeah, not all of them have a kitty squeaky voice, but even one is too much already.
The one with a leather cap is the better singer IMO.

Another @tango42 topic saved!

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I think those are all models, none of them is actually singing.

The video is well made, but I never understand or like this way of trying to be funny. Not only Taiwan, it’s East Asian attempts at humor, in general.

In terms of Taipei tourism promotion, I don’t think it’s very effective, because all the attention goes to him and the girls. The city just becomes a replaceable backdrop. I guess lot of viewers don’t even realize that the video promotes Taipei or is even shot in Taipei.

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In fact, they do try to sing. The description of the YouTube video also list down their names and YouTube channels.

That may be true. Although, they wrote down the places they went every time they changed scenery. If the video was solely focused on city’s promotion, it probably wouldn’t get as many views.

The beginning just comes off a little … sleazy? This part to me is painting the wrong impression of a conservative country. Surely this video is not in any capacity associated with any official government tourism bureau. If it is, well, that is indeed ridiculous, so he got one thing right I suppose. :-1:

Maybe this should go in the Making Porn in Taiwan thread?

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Michael Turton’s rant about the new Taiwan Tourism Online Exhibition

He’s talking about this:
http://www.timefortaiwan.com.tw

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I think he has some valid points. The problem is systemic it seems, the way government works, the hierarchy etc. Difficult to change, inviting more experts from the field, including expats, and implementing some of their suggestions, would certainly help.

Would love to hear Michael’s take on this site:

It’s part of the TB’s tourism promotion efforts.

The government just throws money at things and not all of them work out nicely. Sometimes an office just has money and needs to spend it on some relevant activity and that’s where you get a lot of odd out of place seemingly less than useful actions.

But it employeed people, maybe helped support commercial companies, etc.

The site loads reasonably fast on a modern laptop and browser. It does suffer from some communication problems though. The main map that appears on the virtual screen appears to be segmented by regions, but no matter where you click you get a video about “what you can see from trains in Taiwan”. I tried zooming in and clicking on some of the things pinpointed on the map, but the only thing that kept popping up was the train youtube. There are all these links down the bottom to Korea, Japan, Philliipines, not sure what these are supposed to represent.

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I think those links are supposed to be for visitors from those countries. So if you are from Japan, you are supposed to click on “Japan” to get a tailor-made experience (Japanese language; things Japanese are interested in). If that is not obvious to the user, then there are probably shortcomings in the layout/wording of the interface.

Racially profiling even before people arrive. Sigh.

I think the intention is innocent, the implementation probably not that professional.

So if I click on Japan, I get some pages down the bottom that appear which contain links to various other pages. A tea house appears on one of the pages.

Then if I go back out and click on Indonesia, I get some pages down the bottom that appear in a similar fashion. However the tea house is not there. They seem to be assuming Indonesian tourists aren’t interested in tea.

Turton didn’t even mention this glaring faux pas! I’m sorry, you simply can’t do this, in this day and age. They are embarrassing themselves.

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So your average Chinese tourist is supposed to be interested in exactly the same thing the average Japanese tourist is which is exactly the same thing the average European is?
Anybody in the tourist business will tell you it don’t work that way. Pre-covid, just in the surfing sector in Taiwan you had mostly Taiwanese and Europeans in the summer, when the surf was smaller and they could try it as beginners. Japanese and Australians were serious surfers who came for the big waves in the winter:Americans tended to divide into the two categories. Is it racial profiling to not put ads geared for Australians saying “Learn to surf in Taiwan”?

I believe you can target demographics, like surfers sure, adventure seekers, or train buffs for example. But you can’t make assumptions about what an entire race’s preferred activities are.

Yeah but his recommendations, like so much of his commentary, are a pipe dream. Them hiring a shitload of Western technocrats proficient in English…yeah, when hell freezes over.