From the north where Taipei the capital city resides, all the way down to the southern regions and Kaohsiung City, the small yet surprising island of Taiwan is a continent in itself. Aged monuments and green landscapes rest alongside major industry clusters that include IT and communication, optoelectronics, semi-conductor, and bicycle, as well as high-level research facilities in academic fields like IT, biotechnology and medicine.
Promotion of the meetings industry has kept apace, as the Taiwan’s MICE Promotion Program (MEET TAIWAN) has established the island well on the global stage with the construction of new high-standard facilities that speak louder than words. The Taipei International Convention Center, the Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall and the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center Hall 1 are already in service for the northern part of the island, with Nangang’s Hall 2 opening in March 2019. The southern part enjoys the Kaohsiung Exhibition Center, whereas the Tainan Exhibition Center will open in 2021.
Taiwan has successfully gained the trust of numerous international associations. These tend to organise their conferences in the island’s main meeting cities. Meetings like the 30th International Congress of Chemotherapy and Infection 2017 or the Asian Pacific Society of Cardiology Congress 2018 showcase the expertise of Taiwan as host of such large-scale events and the valuable relationships the country upholds with international associations.
A Carnival & a Harbour
As part of MEET TAIWAN’s endeavour to boost the visibilityof the country’s islands, it has been announced that Penghu County, an island chain just off the shores of western Taiwan, will serve as host for the Carnival of the Most Beautiful Bays in the World (MBBW). This international event is expected to last more than a month, over September and October, and will comprise of a series of meetings and activities. One of the main events will be the 14th World Congress of the MBBW to be held between 27 September and 1 October 2018.
Around the same time as the Penghu event, that is between 25 and 27 September, Kaohsiung City Government will be welcoming the 2018 Global Harbour Cities Forum (GHCF) at the Kaohsiung Exhibition Center. The event aims to bring harbour cities together within a framework of future co-operation and further development of the harbour ecosystem for a greener environment with the help of smart technology.
There is also the Kaohsiung 2020 Roundtable, organised by the MEET TAIWAN team, which is set to be held at the same time as the Global Harbour Cities Forum, on 27 September. In light of the 2020 ICCA Congress to be held in the city, the Roundtable will bring together International Congress and Convention Association members, who have organised such congresses in the past, to share their key strategies for putting together a seamless congress. Hosting the ICCA Congress is not only a great opportunity for Kaohsiung City, it will also serve as recognition of Taiwan’s meetings industry.
Small Islands to Represent Taiwan
These ocean-related congresses do not stand alone, and they are part of a campaign launched earlier this year called ‘The 2018 Year of Bay Tourism Campaign’. Aiming to promote the country’s top ten islands and heightening public awareness of the need for sustainable development, enhancement and protection of marine environments, the initiative introduces various culture and lifestyle events extending over the year.
This article, whose full version is available in the September issue of Boardroom, was written by digital editor Vicky Koffa. More information on Taiwan as a conference destination: www.meettaiwan.com
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