Taipei bike show peddles record sales to foreigners


TAIPEI–Asia’s largest bike show closed Saturday in Taipei, with the number of international buyers hitting an all-time-high of 7,131, event organizers said that day.

The volume also marked a 10.6-percent growth compared with 2012, partly as a result of an improved economy, said Kang Yih-jyh, an official of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council.

Among the buyers from 107 countries, East Asians, mainly from China, Japan and South Korea, topped the list of visitors to the Taipei International Cycle Show, accounting for more than 50 percent of the total, he said.

Nearly 30 percent of the visitors were from Europe and North America, he added.

The show was most successful in demonstrating the strength of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Taiwan, Kang went on, noting that many of the foreign visitors lavished praise on the vitality of local SMEs.