The Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA, 外貿協會) is offering incentives to overseas exhibitors to promote the Taipei World Trade Center's (TWTC) Nangang Exhibition Hall, which is set to open in March next year.
"We are offering incentives for the first three years for the use of the Nangang hall," TAITRA executive vice president Walter Yeh (葉明水) said.
The new hall in Taipei's Nangang District, which is expected to be completed in November, will have seven floors and two underground levels with a total floor space of 47,000m2, which can accommodate more than 2,600 booths, he said.
TAITRA, the operator of the TWTC halls, has also negotiated with bus companies and the Taipei Mass Rapid Transit System to arrange transportation to the new hall, Yeh said.
Taipei Cycle is scheduled to be the first trade show held at the Nangang hall. It will be held in March.
The other major shows set to utilize the new venue include Computex Taipei, Food Taipei, the Taipei International Auto Parts and Accessories Show and Taitronics Taipei.
Representatives invited to the briefing yesterday expressed interest in organizing their national pavilions at the Nangang venue.
"The bigger venue means more exhibitors and more buyers," said Nic Bautista, deputy director of commercial affairs at the Manila Economic and Cultural Office in Taiwan.
The office is evaluating the possibility of taking part in the venue's major shows, including Taitronics Taipei, as it may serve as an ideal platform to showcase the Philippines' strength in IT services, he said.