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
To promote digital transformation of the MICE industry, the International Trade Administration (TITA) under the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) has promoted the "EXPO-TECH Digital Exhibition Pilot Project" and conducted demonstrations at the Taiwan Hardware Show and Kaohsiung Food Show in October this year. By demonstrating a variety of digital exhibition solutions, it has helped professional exhibition organizers (PEO) move towards digitalization and green transformation.This year, TITA has expanded its cooperation with domestic technological companies by introducing new forms of digital exhibition technology to events, which has provided participants with a new exhibition experience. For example, utilizing low-carbon and low-power full color e-paper technology to create an "Energy-efficient Digital Poster", and implementing reusable "electronic identification cards" and "digital exhibit tags" to foster green exhibition transformation.In addition, through the "XR Interactive Experience Zone" at the Kaohsiung Food Show, visitors were able to appreciate the sustainable management philosophy of the Kaohsiung Yungan Fishermen's Association from the production site to the table, which gained high recognition from partners. These 2 exhibitions presented 6 exhibition technologies that achieved fruitful results and induced many MICE industry PEOs to anticipate more business opportunities in the future.
The Taipei International Convention Center recently obtained the GBAC STAR™ Facility Accreditation. GBAC is a division of ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association that introduced the latest hygiene standards certification for responding to biohazard crisis in facilities such as airports, train stations, hotels, public places, and exhibition halls following the global spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.Currently, around 1,700 GBAC STAR™ accreditations have been issued worldwide. This accreditation signifies Taipei International Convention Center's commitment to elevating and meeting the high standards of international health and safety control, providing a secure and high-quality conference venue. The TICC is the first conference venue in Taiwan that has achieved GBAC STAR™ certification. Other venues in Taiwan that have obtained this accreditation include the Kaohsiung Exhibition Center and the Grand Hyatt Hotel.