The delayed "Computex Taipei 2003" in late September will be the largest ever compared with previous events, as bookings for booths in the new exhibition hall as well as existing venues are already full, an official said yesterday.
\n"The new exhibition ground opposite the yet-to-be-completed Taipei 101 office tower will be finished by September, which allows us to increase exhibition space by 300 booths and expand the show to an unprecedented scale," Nick Chang (張世昌), sector chief of China External Trade Development Council (CETRA) said yesterday.
\nThe comments are a reversal of previous predictions that the rescheduling of Asia's largest computer trade show will halve the number of overseas visitors. Some 2,500 booths in four exhibition halls of the Taipei World Trade Center have sold out, Chang said.
\nWhile some companies that registered for the canceled June show cannot attend the September 22 to 26 show due to tight scheduling, companies on the waiting list have filled the space, swelling the number of exhibitors to 1,100.
\nMany foreign buyers have showed renewed interest in attending the show after Taiwan was excluded from WHO's travel advisory list on Tuesday, Chang said.
\nAs for the 10-day quarantine for visitors from China and Hong Kong that may reduce attendance by Hong Kong and Chinese companies and visitors, Chang said the show's organizer is not worried as quarantine measures should be removed by then.
\nIn addition to high expectations for the computer trade show, the council is also confident that the nation's commercial activities will be revived soon.
\n"We're delighted to see the travel warning against Taiwan removed," said Shea Jia-dong (許嘉棟), chairman of CETRA, at a ceremony celebrating the lifting of the travel warning yesterday.
\n"I've received messages from many foreign companies saying that they will continue to be Taiwan's trade partners," Shea said.
\nEconomics Minister Lin Yi-fu (
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