MEET TAIWAN Shines as Asia's Best Convention & Visitors Bureau


The MEET TAIWAN Development Project, organized by the Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT), Ministry of Economic Affairs, has been named the (2022) Best Convention & Visitors Bureau (Asia) at the Stella Awards, which is organized by M&C Asia, a leading international MICE media, for the second consecutive year.


This year's award ceremony was held in Singapore on August 23 with representatives from the Taipei Representative Office in Singapore on hand to accept the award.


M&C Asia, a subsidiary of Northstar Meetings Group, a leading global congress, incentive, and sports event planner, organizes the annual Stella Awards, which selects the best MICE organizations and MICE cities across Asia through votes from readers and professionals worldwide. The fact that Taiwan has won this award again this year shows that the international community highly recognizes MEET TAIWAN.


In recent years, in response to the global digital transformation trend, the BOFT has been actively promoting the application of technologies, such as smart venue operation and remote participation, to build a new model of digital conventions and exhibitions for Taiwan. The BOFT has also planned cross-border media activities to assist MICE operators with introducing technology services to enhance the experience of exhibitors and attendees, improve the effectiveness of events, and increase the depth and breadth of MICE activities.


Taiwan has large-scale international convention centers in Taipei, Tainan, and Kaohsiung. The Taoyuan Convention and Exhibition Center will join the operation in the coming year to inject new vitality and momentum into MEET TAIWAN. In addition, the BOFT is committed to creating green building exhibition venues and constructing 5G smart venues, which will help enhance Taiwan's sustainable MICE brand awareness, and attract more international MICE events to Taiwan.


In the past, Taiwan has received many international awards, including M&C Asia's Best Convention & Visitors Destination in Asia, Best Innovative Destination Marketing Special Award, TTG Asia Best Convention Bureau of the Year, and a Stevie Award. TTG Asia's MICE Bureau of the Year and the Stevie Award demonstrate MEET Taiwan's strength and popularity. In the future, the BOFT will continue to promote MICE development and utilize the rich and unique tourism resources, local characteristics, and culture to attract business people from all over the world to Taiwan.


Source: (Taiwan) Bureau of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Economic Affairs





COMPUTEX 2023 to Focus On Six Major Themes In May

COMPUTEX 2023, a major annual event for the global technology industry, will take place at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center Halls 1 and 2 from May 30 to June 2. This year, the event will feature six themes: High Performance Computing, Artificial Intelligence Application, Next-Gen Connectivity, Hyperreality, Innovations and Startups, and Sustainability. Themed “Together We Create” and featuring domestic and foreign technology industries, start-ups, venture capitalists, accelerators, and other partners, the exhibition promises the most advanced technology trends and solutions.COMPUTEX is a global top three information and communication exhibition. This year, COMPUTEX has invited 1,000 domestic and foreign technology companies to use 3,000 booths. InnoVEX, Asia's most iconic start-up platform, links Taiwan’s start-up teams with global resources. Overseas start-up teams from Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Japan, Italy, Poland, Thailand, and other countries will participate in the show, injecting fresh impetus to the technology ecosystem through abundant innovation energy.COMPUTEX's CEO keynote, which is a highly anticipated event by global technology experts, will make its first physical appearance since the pandemic. Speakers this year will come from leading technology industry firms from home and abroad, providing attendees with in-depth and forward-looking technology insights. The COMPUTEX Forum will focus on hot topics in the information and communication industry with three main foci this year: metaverse, semiconductors, and sustainability, providing an outlook on important industry developments.To improve exhibitor and buyer experience, TAITRA plans a wide range of activities featuring diverse media and resources; these include sourcing fairs, new product launches, in-show live streaming, expert tours, ESG Go sustainability events, innovation competition launches, media nights, and buyer welcome events. In addition, organizers will invite foreign media and technology influencers to witness COMPUTEX’s relaunch after the pandemic, further increasing international exposure for exhibitors. COMPUTEX pre-registration is open and reservations can be made online. The MOEA stated that after the lifting of global pandemic restrictions, the fact that Taiwan has won numerous bids to host international events has become even more meaningful, demonstrating the international competitiveness and visibility of Taiwan’s MICE industry.The MICE industry is a strong backing for Taiwan to develop overseas markets. The MOEA indicated that it will actively assist the industry with exploring international conference opportunities, provide customized bidding services, and carry out digital transformation of the MICE industry to enrich the content and innovation of MICE events, enhancing the resilience and flexibility of the MICE industry. Through strengthening its MICE industry, Taiwan is expected to shine on the international stage.Source: 1111 Business News


2023 Taipei Int’l Machine Tool Show (TIMTOS) Welcomed Crowds of International Buyers

Co-hosted by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry (TAMI), the 2023 Taipei Int’l Machine Tool Show (TIMTOS) opened today (March 6) at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center Halls 1 & 2, and at the Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition (TWTC) Hall 1. Thousands of manufacturers from 18 countries/regions are participating in the show, with nearly 6,200 booths.TIMTOS is a not-to-miss benchmark exhibition for the global machine industry. All eyes were on its grand return after the pandemic. TIMTOS is the largest professional exhibition held after Taiwan opened its borders, greatly increasing the participation of overseas buyers. According to TAITRA, with international business and travel status returning to normal, more than 80 countries and 3,000 foreign buyers registered for TIMTOS before its launch. TIMTOS is expected to attract 50,000 domestic and foreign visitors this year, which is an important indicator of economic recovery in early 2023.James C. F. Huang, chairman of TAITRA, said that TIMTOS 2023 will open a new chapter for the machine tool industries around the world after the pandemic, and reconnect the global manufacturing industry, enabling foreign exhibitors and buyers to finally meet face to face at TIMTOS. Industry associations from India, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, Turkey, and other countries all led delegations to visit Taiwan. In addition, the U.S.A., Germany, Switzerland, and Denmark all exhibited as national pavilions in this year’s TIMTOS, demonstrating the power of multinational corporations. Moreover, TIMTOS integrated ESG trend issues, from exhibition content to event planning, highlighting the transformation of the industry towards the net zero direction of more efficient, smarter, and greener.To better meet marketing trends, TIMTOS 2023 added three new thematic areas in TWTC Hall 1—Advanced Metalworking Technology, Additive Manufacturing, and Future Manufacturing—that contain advanced manufacturing technologies and applications for metalworking. The organizers also planned activities such as a Metalwork Ecosystem Guided Tour across three halls and a Cutting Tour Hunter Air Tickets Lucky Draw in TWTC Hall 1. At the same time, this show launched an ESG double-core activity called ESG action!: Sustainability Series and ESG in TIMTOS: Discern the Future of Manufacturing, calling on major domestic and foreign manufacturers, renowned industry leaders, research institutes, and consultants to provide advice to industries. Content includes a Corporate Carbon Health Check, Dr. Net Zero, a one-on-one carbon reduction consultation by experts, a Future Manufacturing Forum, a ESG Sustainability Seminar, a Green Tool Manufacturing Talk, a Maker Workshop, a Marine & Offshore Machinery Seminar, and a live Manufactures WIN Podcast, which was held for five days (3/6–3/10) at TWTC Hall 1.Source: Next TV


Power of City Festival and Destination Marketing in ICC Tainan Warming up for the 2024 Taiwan Lantern Festival in Tainan and 400 Years of Tainan

In 1624, the Dutch East India Company came to Anping, Tainan, during the Age of Discovery, and “ Taoyuan” (the ancient name of Anping) appeared on the global stage for the first time, starting 400 years of Taiwan’s world trade history. There is an old saying that “Fucheng is first, Lukang second, and Manka third”, referring to the early important cities/ports of Taiwan. Fucheng (the ancient name of Tainan) was the cultural capital of Taiwan, and now Tainan is a core part of the world’s semiconductor industry chain and a development leader of green energy and smart technologies.With migrations of immigrants of diverse backgrounds arriving in Tainan, multiple cultures have coexisted in this temperate part of Taiwan, nurturing a vibrant and colorful culture. To promote international art exchanges and warm up for next year's Power of City Festival, the International Convention Center Tainan hosted a Power of City Festival and Destination Marketing forum on February 21, enabling technology artists and curators from home and abroad to explore possibilities for collaboration through the sharing of curatorial experiences and business exchanges.Mariano Leotta shared his experience in Montreal, Canada's "design capital", where the public sector invests in the arts and culture industry and reinvests profits to form a beneficial cycle. Mr. Hsin-Chien Huang  mentioned the idea of “liquid digital media”, in which new art technologies, such as VR, AR, projection mapping, and other immersive content, flow into different fields like liquid, and through the fusion of different art technologies, they grow into a richer ecosystem. Marin Petkov concluded, “Thanks for the opportunity to come to Taiwan to share the experience of the Berlin Lantern Festival, and I look forward to a wonderful performance of the 2024 Taiwan Lantern Festival in Tainan."CEO of ICC Tainan, Mr. Tai-Min Yeh stated, “Since the opening of ICC Tainan in April last year, ‘Island Trade, World Tainan’ has been our motto. We aim to dedicate ourselves to linking the city’s marketing and MICE industries with international resources. ICC Tainan will be the main site of the 2024 Taiwan Lantern Festival in Tainan, which will feature green energy technologies and combine the deep culture that has been developed in Tainan over the past 400 years. ICC Tainan is looking forward to transforming the city with MICE and making Fucheng a better city."Source: yam news