Foreign stamp dealers impressed by passion of local philatelists

Foreign stamp dealers at the PHILATAIPEI 2016 World Stamp Championship Exhibition in Taipei said Sunday that momentum in stamp collecting is high in Taiwan, and expressed appreciation for what the organizers are doing to promote philately.

"There are more people in attendance at the Taiwan show than in the American shows," said David Wessely, a stamp dealer of "A-ONE" Coverz from the United States.

Hosting one of the 130 booths in the exhibition, Wessely said he has found that stamp collectors in Taiwan are younger compared with other shows in which he has participated.

While not everyone can afford expensive stamp rarities, he said, young stamp collectors in Taiwan have shown significant interest in the hobby, giving philately greater opportunities in which to thrive.

Ahmed H.M. Al-Kilani, an exhibitor from Saudi Arabia, said he saw a similar spirit at the exhibition.

Al-Kilani said the industry hopes to see more young people involved in stamp collecting, otherwise "nobody will carry the flag for us."

The prevailing use of email has put traditional philately at a disadvantage, he said, while recognizing efforts by Chunghwa Post to promote philately.

The company, which is the nation's official postal service, is hosting this year's exhibition, which is being held in Taiwan for the first time, and coincides with the company's 120th founding anniversary.

The show, which runs through Oct. 26 at the Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall 1, showcases 2,450 philately items from exhibitors from 80 countries and areas.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel