Taiwan, a Destination Ahead of the Technology Curve

17th Sep, 2018

Taiwan is a prime destination for hosting association and corporate meetings, now especially so for the tech industry. The MICE environment in Taiwan is bound to get even more of a boost with the launch of Taiwan Tech Arena (TTA), a tech innovation and entrepreneurship hub connecting the world’s tech start-up ecosystems.

Taiwan is a country that is thoroughly modern and completely digitalized. With a population of 23 million, Taiwan’s human and industrial resources have carved out a huge niche in the global ICT industry. Many of Taiwan’s information and communications technology (ICT) companies are moving up the global supply chain by building their own brands.

Taiwan has a wealth of knowledge and expertise for tech associations to tap into and is also a leading manufacturer of the world’s electronics and high-end IT products. With over 30 years of history in deep technology fields including advanced manufacturing for semiconductors, hardware and software integration, and biotechnology, Taiwan has long been an enabler of technological breakthroughs across the globe.

With internationally renowned technology companies like Acer and ASUS, and reputable universities for prolific knowledge transfer, Taiwan has 13 companies named among the world's 100 technology leaders (by Thomson Reuters Corp.), with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. ranking seventh, the only Asian company among the top 10 this year. As the heart of the world’s tech supply chain, Taiwan has sufficient resources for organizing technology related meetings.

To upgrade the industry into the higher-value stage, the Taiwan government is now advancing plans to develop sectors that include internet of things (IoT) and smart machines, among other industries. The aim is to open an Asian Silicon Valley business zone by 2023 for IoT development. Google, IBM, and Microsoft are all expanding in Taiwan this year, making the success of Taiwan's reinvention from a manufacturing hub to an innovation centre more evident.

With all strength in the technology area and MICE environment, Taiwan has its fair share of experience when it comes to hosting technology-related association meetings. The World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) 2017 was the premier international IT forum that gathered over 2,500 visionaries, industry leaders, government leaders and academics from more than 80 countries. COMPUTEX Taipei, the leading global ICT and IoT show, was established in 1981; this year's five-day global ecosystem event attracted 42,284 international visitors from 168 countries and featured six themes: AI, 5G, Blockchain, IoT, Innovations & Startups, and Gaming & VR. Bigger cities in Taiwan like Taipei, Taichung, and Kaohsiung are equipped with full facilities exhibition and convention centres, as well as seamless planning assistance for innovative and dynamic international conferences.

Taiwan's MICE Promotion Program is aimed at turning Taiwan into a leader for outstanding MICE services with the long-term objective to enhance the quality and efficiency of services, strengthen Taiwan’s brand and sharpen the competitive edge in the global market and make Taiwan one of the top destinations for MICE business.

MEET TAIWAN team offers site inspection assistance to international organization representatives and provides financial assistance to promote international conferences to be held in Taiwan, the assistance may be up to NT$500,000 (US$16,265) on bidding and promoting stage; up to NT$2,800,000 (US$91,083) for holding.

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