Ministry of Economic Affairs to promote exhibition, convention industry


Taiwan will hold three international meetings on the development of the international exhibition and convention industry Sept. 26-28 in Taipei to explore business opportunities in the industry, officials at the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) said yesterday. The first will be an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum on opportunities in the convention and exhibition industry slated for Sept. 27-28 at the Taipei International Convention Center, the officials said.

The MOEA’s Bureau of Foreign Trade which will organize the forum is inviting industry leaders from APEC member states to attend the meeting, the official said.

He said that Sandra Chipchase, president of BestCities Global Alliance and chief executive officer of the Melbourne Convention and Visitors Bureau, Shawna McKinley, executive director of the Green Meeting Industry Council and Marcia Lyons, general manager of the Calgary TELUS Convention Center, have agreed to attend.

In addition, the 2007 Conference of the Asian Federation of Exhibition and Convention Associations will open Sept. 26, and the second forum for Asian leaders in the trade of meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions will be staged by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council Sept. 26-27, the officials said.

The official estimated the three conferences will draw 120 overseas participants from 24 countries in addition to 600 participants from Taiwan.

As the exhibition and convention industry helps drive the development of the transportation, accommodation, food and tourism industries, the government has been trying to bolster its ability to organize international events in the hope of promoting the international profile and competitiveness of the industry, the officials added.