UNIVERSIADE: Athletes Village currency exchanges top NT$20 million

Taipei-Athletes, coaches and administrators staying at the 2017 Taipei Universiade Athletes Village in Linkou have exchanged foreign currency worth more than NT$20 million (US$661,157) since the service began on Aug. 12.

According to Taipei Fubon Bank, which is handling foreign exchange services in the village, NT$20.58 million was disbursed in exchange transactions from Aug. 12 to 23, with the U.S. dollar and the euro the most commonly exchanged foreign currencies.

The bank said its two temporary branches in the Athletes Village, which accept the U.S. dollar, the euro, the Japanese yen, the Hong Kong dollar and the Chinese yuan, have been open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day.

But due to strong demand, the bank said, the two outlets have extended their hours, with tellers at the two branches often closing after 10 p.m., the bank said.

During the 12-day period, the bank has handled more than 3,600 currency exchange transactions at the village, about one for every three people residing there during the Universiade.

According to the bank, tellers in the two branches are fluent in English and try hard to provide foreign athletes with good service, and they have received good feedback so far, with some of the athletes asking to take pictures with them.

Some participants from the United States, France and Sri Lanka have also given badges and stickers to the tellers to thank them for their help, Taipei Fubon Bank said.

The Taipei Universiade formally opened on Aug. 19 and will run through Aug. 30 with over 7,000 student athletes from more than 140 countries competing in the event. It is the largest international sports games Taiwan has ever hosted.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel