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MICE Facilities That Meet International Standards
Taiwan has actively worked to build facilities that specifically cater to MICE programs. Currently serving northern Taiwan are the Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall and the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center Hall 1. Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center Hall 2 will open in March 2019, whereupon total exhibition space in Taipei will exceed 5,000 booths. For the southern part of the island, the Kaohsiung Exhibition Center commenced operations in 2014, Tainan Exhibition Center will open in2021. In addition, the Taiwan government plans to build exhibition and convention centers in Taoyuan and Taichung, strengthening Taiwan's MICE industry and ensuring a broader selection of venue choices for meetings, incentive tours, conventions, and exhibitions.
Taiwan is globally renowned for its highly-developed 3C industry. Needless to say, the integration of social media and technologies such as APPs, QR-Codes, Facebook, RFID, and free-of-charge Wi-Fi have been applied to MICE activities, offering advanced, convenient, and real-time services to MICE visitors. Aside from those hardware advantages, international business travelers to Taiwan will also be highly impressed by Taiwanese people’s hospitality, superior efficiency, and professional services.
Taiwan has been in a global leading position for its research quality in medicine, information technology, and science sectors, plus maintains close interactions with related international associations and societies. This helps make Taiwan both a professional and mature environment for international conferences.
Abundant Practical Experience
Solid academic foundations have fostered a prolific academic research scene in Taiwan, with strengths in medicine, biotechnology, and information technology, while business and political science institutions undertake countless international exchanges. Taiwan demonstrates its vast capabilities when hosting international conferences.
International conventions, meetings, and incentive travel held in Taiwan:
◆ 2013 Amway China Incentive travel (12,000 participant)
◆ 2013 McDonald’s Manager Conference (2,500 participant)
◆ 11th International Conference of the Asian Clinical Oncology Society in conjunction with the 19th Taiwan Joint Cancer Conference (2,700 participant)
◆ 32nd World Congress of Endourology and SWL, WCE 2014 (2,900 participant)
◆ Wonca Asia Pacific Regional Conference (3,600 participant)
◆ The 7th International Congress of the Asia Pacific Society of infection Control, APSIC (3,300 participant)
◆ The 8th Asian Conference for Emergency Medicine (2,200 participant)
◆ 2015 Joymain overseas tourism seminar (9,600 participant)
◆ 2016 Velo-City Global Conference (1,000 participant)
◆ JCI Asia-Pacific Conference (8,000 participant)
◆ The 31st Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology Congress, APAO (3,800 participant)
◆ 11th IDF-WPR Congress 2016 & 8th AASD Scientific Meeting (4,000 participant)
◆ The 16th World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology Congress in 2017 (2,400 participant)
◆ 1st Asia Pacific Occupational Therapy Symposium (APOTS 2017) (2,000 participant)
◆ The 56th OSEAL Forum (20,000 participant)
◆ 2017 World Congress on information Technology, WCIT (2,600 participant)
◆ 30th International Congress of Chemotherapy and Infection 2017 (ICC 2017) (2,300 participant)
◆ Smart City Summit & Expo 2018 (16,000 participant)
◆ The 8th Congress of the Asia Pacific Initiative on Reproduction (1,300 participant)
◆ ASIAN-PACIFIC AQUACULTURE 2018 (1,800 participant)
◆ Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology Congress 2018 (APSC 2018) (3,500 participant)
◆ 2018 Toyota Incentive Travel (1,700 participant)
Highly Competitive Industries
Taiwan is highly regarded for its plentiful professionals and experts, technology, and R&D strength in various sectors, plus the research level of certain academic fields such as IT and medicine are recognized to be higher than its neighbors in Asia. In addition, Taiwan’s IT and communication, optoelectronics, semi-conductor, and bicycle industries are greatly competitive worldwide with comprehensive industrial clusters formed locally for those industries. All these advantages serve as strong support for Taiwan’s developing MICE industry.
Located along the southeast coast of the Asian Continent at the western edge of the Pacific Ocean and right in the center of the East-Asian island arc, Taiwan holds a key position for transport and trade in the Asia-Pacific region. There are international airports in northern, central, and southern Taiwan, while 59 major airlines provide services here. Taiwan offers a convenient connection to the world with a total of 5,000 flights to 115 different cities weekly and including 828 flights to 54 cities in China.
Taiwan's mass transportation is even more convenient. Metropolitan rapid transit systems provide great expedience and comfort for two of Taiwan's largest cities, Taipei and Kaohsiung. Travel time from north to south takes only 96 minutes by Taiwan high-speed rail. These make it possible for people coming for short-term business trips to not only complete their business efficiently without worry much about traffic, it also leaves time for tourism, shopping, and cuisine. Regularly increasing international flights and routes are a boon for those planning MICE activities in Taiwan.
Fabulous Tourism Resources
Aside from outstanding MICE facilities, software, and workforce, Taiwan is also rich in tourism resources such as geographic wonders, astonishing natural landscapes, and beautiful coastal scenery. Matched with Taiwanese cuisine, hospitality, and enthusiasm, these all add up as great incentives to international business people for visiting Taiwan for MICE activities.
According to the UFI report on The Trade Fair Industry in Asia, there are five UFI-sanctioned exhibition halls in Taiwan. 89 exhibitions were recorded, and Taiwan ranked 6th in Asia for total exhibition space sold (716,250 square meters). The Kaohsiung Exhibition Center was opened in 2014 with around 1,100 booths available. The ocean-side Center has enabled the growth of three major international trade shows to their largest size ever, namely Fastener Taiwan 2014, Taiwan Int’l Boat Show, and Kaohsiung Food Show. The opening of the Kaohsiung Exhibition Center significantly benefits Taiwan by expanding exhibition capacity as a whole. Furthermore, advanced IT and communication technologies, plus mature industrial clusters will strengthen Taiwan’s global competitiveness.
Diversified Professional Trade Shows Lead to Endless Business Opportunities
The solid and advanced industry base of Taiwan results in over 80 annual professional exhibitions representing sectors ranging from IT/electronics, machinery, bicycles, automobiles, sports, food, stationery, and giftware, to medicine, healthcare, and others. Many become world known exhibitions such as Computex Taipei, which ranks number two in the world, and the very popular Taipei Cycle Show. UFI's report shows that Taiwan’s average exhibition space is the second largest among Asia-Pacific countries. There are more than 20 Taiwan PEOs capable of organizing large professional trade shows and, based on their successful experiences, they can assist customers with opening up global markets and matching ideal business opportunities.
Combining Advantages of Industrial Clusters
With convenient transportation around the island, buyers coming to Taiwan for procurement can visit various industrial clusters by Taiwan high-speed rail within minutes or a few hours. Industry clusters for IT and communication in the north, machine tools, woodworking machines, bicycle, and hand tools clusters in the center, and automobile parts/accessories, plastic processing machines, optoelectronics, yachts, and fasteners in the south are easily and quickly accessible in Taiwan.
Taiwan MICE :Commended Around the World
●3 exhibition venues and 4 exhibitions approved in carbon footprint and greenhouse gas inspections by The British Standards Institution
●9 Taiwan trade shows certificated by UFI
●Numerous awards for the Taiwan Pavilion at the 2010 World Expo, demonstrating Taiwan’s tremendous strengths in conference and exhibition integration
●8 World Trade Centers Association awards for best management, including exhibit facilities and service (best practice), conference facilities, etc.
●4 Web Award prizes for Standards of Excellence, including Information Services Standard of Excellence, B2B Standard of Excellence, etc.
●Winner of ICCA’s Best Marketing Award, 2012
●COMPUTEX is the winner of UFI Marketing Award,2014
●Asia super team recognized as Crystal Award by SITE in 2015, and also Stevie Awards B-to-B Marketing Campaign of 2015.
●Computex Taipei is the winner of AFECA Outstanding Trade Exhibition Award, 2015 and 2016；Also, the winner of UFI Marketing Award, 2014.
●MEET TAIWAN- Green MICE Project is the winner of UFI Sustainable Development Award, 2016.
●MEET TAIWAN Wins the 2019 TTG Travel Awards - Best Convention & Exhibition Bureau.
●MEET TAIWAN has received a Bronze Award from the 16th International Business Awards by the Stevie Awards.