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Fusion of Old & New Taipei

May 23, 2017

Fusion of Old & New – Smart City Cultural-Creative New Concepts Asia’s Premier MICE City – Taipei

Germany’s MICE industry is among the world’s most advanced. To promote the first-rate MICE environment and tourism resources that Taipei has to offer, the Department of Information and Tourism (DOIT) of the Taipei City Government once again attended Germany’s IMEX this year, utilizing its Taipei Makes Perfection promotional theme, seeking to establish itself more firmly and capture interest in European MICE and tourism industry territory.  

Within Asia’s meeting and exhibition sector, Taipei City’s brand has now entered the mature period. Stellar achievements are enjoyed in both the international meeting and international exhibition segments. According to DOIT, in 2016 there was a total of 112 applications for sponsorship for the staging of international meetings, exhibitions, and incentive travel in the city, and in total approximately NT$9.7 million in sponsorship assistance was distributed. These various meeting/exhibition/incentive travel cases brought in almost 100,000 business and tourist visitors, creating approximately NT$3.2 billion in tourism value for Taipei City.

According to DOIT Senior Specialist Chuen-Huey Jiang, in regard to sponsorship for foreign nationals coming to Taipei to participate in international meetings, exhibitions, and incentive travel, this year a new sponsorship item has been specially added to the program – tickets for 4-hour tours on the city’s new double-decker sightseeing bus service. The comfortable open-top sightseeing buses take in all the city’s key attractions, enabling businesspeople from overseas easy touring of the city when they have free time away from their work tasks. Taipei has become one of Asia’s smart cities, with its meeting and exhibition sector becoming an e-intelligent industry. DOIT specially targets international personnel visiting Taipei for MICE events, providing them with Taipei Free Public WiFi Access network service. This free Internet-access service is available 24h, with no restrictions in terms of time or usage number, ensuring seamless global connection for travelers while visiting the city.

Asia’s MICE cities emphasize integration of their advantages and special characteristics, creating comprehensive tourism, meeting, and exhibition effectiveness. Taipei City possesses international-caliber professional exhibition and meeting/conference venues, and in recent years has integrated novel cultural-creative concepts to develop a splendid diversity of innovative facility options. Examples including Dadaocheng, an old-city district, Songshan Cultural and Creative Park, home to the Baroque Garden, Huashan 1914 Creative Park, a renovated heritage winery complex, and The Red House, a red-brick public-market complex over a century old. These cultural-creative venues use the unique ambience of heritage architecture and distinctive cultural elements, conveying the culture of the past in creating the innovation of the future. In turn, they are integrated with Taipei City’s unique tourism resources, providing visiting international professionals with a deeper and more wide-ranging experience, and helping to make Taipei the brightest “star of tomorrow” in the Asia MICE galaxy.
The 2017 Universiade, or World University Games, will be bursting onto the world stage in Taipei this August. A total of approximately 12,000 athletes and other international friends from 150 countries and territories are expected in Taipei for the grand competition. Taipei, as proud host, has specially designed tours that, in addition to the competition venues themselves, introduce the city’s scenic attractions and much more – for example, one tour introducing the local tea culture, another its classic landmarks, another the distinctive neighborhoods of its lane/alley grids, another its Chinese opera culture … and on and on. The 25 wonderful tours on offer for the city’s special guests encompass everything from the city’s scenic highlights and superb food to its unique culture and the vivid stories of its people, giving friends from around the globe the most in-depth Taipei experience.

For IMEX, fun and interesting “Bravo, Taipei!” interactive games were set up at the Taipei Pavilion. Each of the paper-based cultural-creative games had the Universiade as theme. Visitors could play one of three choices: a baseball “Nine-Palace Grid,” a basketball-hoop shooter game, or a ring toss. These presented participants with a mini-experience of Taipei’s dynamic sports culture, and visitors gave a large thumbs-up praising the attractiveness of Taipei’s cultural-creative merchandise. A lively and bustling atmosphere was created, with the enthusiasm of the participants drawing much attention to the Taipei stand.

“Taipei Makes Perfection, Greeting You with Great Venues & Gourmet Food.” Taipei’s comprehensive array of visitor-friendly perfections, from its superb cuisine to scenic delights, awaits you with open arms. The city’s hope is that every international professional who visits will be able to fully experience the city’s fusion of old and new, high-tech intelligence, gastronomic diversity, culture, and technology, coexisting in harmony to create the unique charms of this great Asian city – Taipei.

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Record number of visitors come to London

January 19, 2017

Record number of visitors come to London
Travel agent bookings to London up from China and USA
London welcomed a record 14 million international visits in the first nine months of 2016, putting the city on course for another bumper tourism year, according to International Passenger Survey (IPS) figures released today.

From July to September 2016, there were 5.2 million overseas visits to the city, a decrease of 0.8 percent when compared to the same period in 2015, but the second highest summer period on record.

Last summer, visitors flocked to the opening of Buckingham Palace, David Hockney at the Royal Academy, and Prudential RideLondon, which saw over 25,000 amateur and professional cyclists take to the closed roads of the capital and Surrey.

The River Thames was also a focal point. To commemorate the 350th anniversary of the great fire of London, a 100ft wooden replica of the city in 1666 was set alight. And ‘Floating Dreams‘ by South Korean artist, Ik-Joong Kang, was another major installation on the river, as part of the 2016 ‘Totally Thames’ Festival, which was enjoyed by over 2.2 million people.

Separate analysis from Forward Keys, a company that predicts the number of overseas travel agent bookings to London, forecasts that in the first three months of 2017, bookings from American tourists will go up 25% and up 40% from China, when compared to the same period in 2016.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan said, “These figures demonstrate the phenomenal draw of our city’s world-class sport, culture, art, history and architecture. London remains well and truly open and welcomes visitors from every corner of the globe.”

The opening of new hotels, such as the five star Great Scotland Yard Hotel and Nobu Hotel Shoreditch, as well as events marking the 125th anniversary of the publication of the first Sherlock Holmes story, 20 years since the first Harry Potter book, a world class season of American art and the Pink Floyd exhibition at the V&A, will hopefully continue to draw in tourists from all over the world this year.

The tourism industry is a major contributor to the London economy. Overall, the sector contributes more than £36 billion to the capital every year and supports around 700,000 jobs.

Visit London recently calculated that visitors to the capital from abroad could save hundreds of pounds on hotels, meals and attractions, due to the weakened UK currency.


August 26, 2015


ICOMEX – the leading MICE event in Mexico and LATAM acquired by Reed Travel Exhibitions in 2014 – is to be re-branded as ibtm latin america joining the global portfolio of ibtm events all of which were re-branded at the end of last year. ibtm latin america will sit as part of the Reed Travel Exhibitions global portfolio of meetings, incentives and events exhibitions and serve the Latin America region including south and central America.

Becoming part of the ibtm portfolio will give the event a major boost and international presence in the global meetings industry and provide new opportunities for the portfolio’s international database of meeting planners who are looking to place or do business across the region supported by ibtm latin america.

The current local expertise and knowledge of the team based in Mexico City, will now be supported by the ibtm portfolio around the world operating and organizing 8 events on 5 continents as well as being part of the Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE) portfolio of events.

With the change of name, we are truly part of the international ibtm events portfolio and specifically we can now adopt many of the brand values that support each event. For example, the global themes for the ibtm knowledge programme can be used specifically for our region, combining local and regional emphasis as well as an international flavor. Equally we will benefit from the expertise in delivery of world-class Hosted Buyer programmes and have access to the ibtm and RTE sales network so that we can further grow our exhibitor and planner community”. Said David Hidalgo, ibtm latin america Show Director.

At the same time, the team based in Mexico City will provide dedicated local and regional knowledge and expertise to the global portfolio, building the database of domestic and regional planners and suppliers who are looking to expand their businesses around the world and who will be able to apply as Hosted Buyers to other events in the portfolio.

The new Hosted Buyer recruitment strategy for ibtm latin america 2016 will now expect to qualify from the international markets including Spain, Germany, France and UK as well as US and Canada. The programme will also witness growth from South and Central America as well as LATAM.

As a result, the event expects to see a growth in suppliers from overseas especially DMO’s and CVB’s who are looking to meet with regional planners. The new focus on bringing in international buyers will also see more domestic Mexican suppliers as well as those from North America and those from across south, central and Latin America.

The ibtm events portfolio is part of Reed Travel Exhibitions, the world’s leading provider of events and exhibitions for the travel and tourism industry.


August 17, 2015


The largest and most established travel event in Vietnam the Mekong is back! The International Travel Expo Ho Chi Minh City (ITE HCMC) 2015 is celebrating its 11th anniversary from the 10 – 12 September 2015 at the Saigon Exhibitions & Convention Center (SECC). ITE HCMC exhibition is the best single platform catering to this multi-billion dollar tourism market. The exhibition serves as the leading powerhouse in presenting travel and tourism products, packages and services in the Mekong region and the world.

Being one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, Vietnam offers strong potential for investments in the travel and tourism industry. The host’s country tourism industry has been growing unprecedentedly over the past few years with rising domestic as well as international tourists. According to a research by the World Travel and Tourism Council, the total spending abroad on international travel by the Vietnamese in 2011 is at US$ 3.3 billion, and rose to US$ 3.5 billion in 2012 (according to the Vietnam Tourism Association accounted from foreign tourism promotion agencies). Outbound travel spending is expected to grow by 6.4% per annum until 2022.

Tourism industry has been on a significant trend for Vietnam in the last 20 years. According to Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), there were only about 250,000 inbound arrivals in 1990, but in 2011, more than 6 million arrivals were recorded. In 2011, tourism industry has contributed approximately 7 billion USD (5% GDP) along with more than 1.3 million jobs created. It has been forecasted that by 2020, there will be about 11 million inbound arrivals with a total revenue of 18-91 billion USD contributing about 6.5% – 7% of GDP of Vietnam and more than 3 million jobs. Indeed, tourism is an important industry in Vietnam.


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