The harbor at Makung that Penghu authorities will enlarge to allow Royal Caribbean cruise liners to dock. (Photo/Chen Ko-wen)
Taiwan's Ministry of Transportation and Communications is planning the construction of an international harbor on the outlying island group of Penghu to meet demand from international cruise lines, writes our sister paper China Times.
The ministry will propose the plan in February to make Penghu a destination for international cruises.
Penghu has long fought for the relocation of the military base on the archipelago in order to make way for an international harbor.
The plan is to enlarge and add infrastructure to the current harbor and should take two years from the start date.
The harbor aims at accommodating Royal Caribbean International cruise liners as the company has expressed interest several times in docking in Penghu.
Royal Caribbean owns 41 luxurious vessels that operate on over 1,000 routes, and dock in over 460 harbors around the world.