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Taiwan outshines rival Hong Kong as international host

MOVING UPThe nation rose seven notches in rankings that measure where associations choose to hold their international meetings

STAFF WRITER, WITH CNA

Taiwan ranked 29th worldwide in terms of hosting conferences by international associations last year, outperforming Hong Kong, a press release issued by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council said yesterday.

Citing statistics compiled by the Dutch-based International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), the council said Taiwan’s international ranking rose seven notches, while its ranking within Asia rose from ninth in 2006 to seventh, moving past Hong Kong, which ranked 34th worldwide last year.

The rankings consider meetings organized by international associations that take place on a regular basis and are rotated among a minimum of three countries.

ICCA data shows that more than 6,500 such events took place worldwide last year, representing an increase of approximately 800 from 2006.

Of these events, 90 were held in Taiwan, a significant jump of 43 from the previous year, ICCA figures show.

The US topped the list as host to a total of 467 meetings last year, followed by Germany, Spain, Britain, France, Italy, Japan, Brazil, Austria and Canada.

In Asia, the six largest host countries were Japan, China, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.

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