Tech fair draws record visitor numbers on opening day


TAIPEI — Taiwan’s major consumer electronics fair attracted a record number of visitors on its opening day Saturday in Taipei, according to the organizers.

The annual Information Technology (IT) Month show drew 110,000 visitors on its first day, the highest in recent years, with over 850,000 visitors expected to visit the fair this year, said the Taipei Computer Association (TCA).

Notebook computers and cameras have been the focus of most interest, said the Taipei Computer Association.

The fair, which will run until Dec. 11, features more than 350 domestic and foreign exhibitors and over 1,700 booths at halls 1 and 3 of the Taipei World Trade Center.

Ultrabooks — lightweight portable laptops — and tablet computers have captured great attention at the fair, with IT Giants Acer Inc., Asustek Computer Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co. and Lenovo Group among the companies offering discounts on their products.

Acer Chairman J.T. Wang predicted a day earlier that the Ultrabook will become the mainstream model for tablet PCs and notebooks in the next five years and will help stimulate Taiwan’s IT sector.

Many discounts were being offered on smart phones and flash memory cards, gathering crowds. However, discounts for hard drives were limited, as flooding in Thailand that began in late July has pushed up global hard drive prices.

The fair will travel south to Taichung and Kaohsiung later this month.