Meet Me in Taiwan – MICE and more!

With over 23 million people of various ethnicities, Taiwan’s diversity and culture make it a strong contender as the next up and coming world class MICE destination.  Its location offers access to millions, and Taiwan Taoyuan International airport offers convenient connection to the world with a total of 5,000 flights to 115 different cities weekly. To the north, lies Japan and the Ryukyu Islands; to the south are the Philippines; and to the west is Mainland China.  Getting around Taiwan is also extremely easy, and very safe.  As a matter of fact, Taiwan is one of the safest places in the world. Taipei, for example, is ranked as the globe’s third safest city according to Crime Index 2017 statistics compiled by Numbeo.com, only trailing slightly behind Abu Dhabi and Munich.

To add to that introduction, the island of Taiwan boasts a beautiful portrait.  From steep mountain ranges, to ecological resources, to fantastic hotels and restaurants, to historic cultural centers, to cutting edge M&I venues, the list of things to do and see is abundant.  Also touting its reputation as a global leader in the fields of science, medicine and information technology, Taiwan is being looked at by MICE planners all over the globe.  And, like many destinations today, Taiwan’s emphasis on meetings and incentives that add to our carbon footprint is always evolving.

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The country boasts a Green MICE Incentive Program that involves the five chief areas of green MICE practices (transportation, food, accommodations, decoration and promotional material), and strives to implement the “green spirit” with an emphasis on making transportation less time-consuming, to using locally grown ingredients, and harnessing paperless technologies, to the avoidance of excessive packaging, and reuse of resources and reduction of energy consumption. This helps MICE participants learn the green practices that should be carried out at various stages of pre-exhibition, mid-exhibition or post-exhibition events.

There is no doubt there are many amazing cities to visit in Taiwan and a diverse choice for groups to host a meeting or incentive.  Examples include Haulien, Taichung and the capital, Taipei.  Situated in northern Taiwan, Taipei is the country’s economic, political, educational, and cultural center. From the tallest building in the world, Taipei 101 (2004 to 2010), to the world-class collection of Chinese art housed in the National Palace Museum, Taipei combines age-old traditions with modernization.   Visit Lungshan Temple, declared a Secondary National Heritage Site, which embodies the essence of Taiwanese temple architecture.  Old temples with elaborate sculptures blend with modern neon-lit streets.  A short drive takes you to the foot of the mountains surrounding the Taipei basin where groups can enjoy hot springs rich are a forest walk.  Stay at amba Taipei Songshan (the first international-standard luxury hotel in Taiwan). With 189 guestrooms, 6 meeting rooms and capacity for up to 280 guests, the amba brand was launched by Ambassador Hotels in 2012 to coincide with the group’s celebration of 50 years of luxury hospitality.

Couple great hotels with unprecedented space, and it’s sure to be a MICE win.  Currently serving northern Taiwan are the Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall and the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center.  Hall 2 at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center (TNEC2) opened in March 2019, for a total capacity that can offer over 5,000 booths and 38 meeting rooms, plus features a 6,100 m2 outdoor sky garden space on the top floor.  The convention hall on the seventh floor will have seating capacity for 3,600, along with a beautiful view.  Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center is expected to become the core venue of Taiwan’s MICE industry, as well as a major convention and exhibition center in all of Asia.  For the southern part of the island, the Tainan Exhibition Center will open in 2021.

In Taiwan, food and drink is also a large part of its culture.  And planners will have many different options and experiences to choose from.  Have your group taste a hearty bowl of braised meat with rice, a night market favorite served by many vendors.  This traditional open-air night ritual can be found in almost every town and in many districts.  In Taipei specifically, the night market on Raohe Street is a must-go spot for foreign visitors who want to try Taiwanese street food.  As the second-oldest night market in Taiwan, visitors can try local street foods and experience traditional art performances with booths selling delightful specialties.  If fine dining is more your speed, reserve a space at one of the many restaurants with The Bib Gourmand distinction.  This was awarded to 10 eateries in Taiwan.  Adding to Taiwan’s reputation as being an innovative dining destination, the Michelin Guide Taipei features a total of 110 establishments that span 33 cuisines!  Incorporate a dine-around!  From a 3-star Cantonese experience at the Le Palais to modern French delicacies at the Orchid, there is no end to pleasing the palate and treating your next group to a top-notch culinary experience.

 

And the awards and accolades speak for themselves.  In 2019 alone, Taiwan was featured as #3 on GMTI 2019’s Top 10 Non-OIC destinations.   And InterNations recognized Taiwan as one of the top most welcoming countries (amongst Portugal and Mexico).  Want to learn more?  Taiwan has created several custom-designed itineraries for MICE groups, focusing on its history and culture. Highlights include the city’s highly diversified incentive-travel sponsorship program.  Be sure to contact Meet Taiwan for additional details, and to assist with all of your pre-planning (and onsite) needs.  They will not disappoint in highlighting Taiwan from the global stage.  From attracting potential buyers to the country by organizing and promoting participation in international exhibitions, orchestrating FAM tours to familiarize its customers with potential meeting venues, help with team building activities, or to simply give a restaurant recommendation from the Michelin Guide Taipei that is sure to please.   So, if you’re looking for a unique place to meet with amazing service, unlimited activities, and a world class destination, think Taiwan!

Samantha Meloni

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