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TAITRA, Tokyo Big Sight ink MOU on cooperation

By George Liao  /  Staff reporter

The Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA, 外貿協會) and Tokyo Big Sight yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to facilitate cooperation and an exchange of know=how.

TAITRA president and CEO Chao Yuen-chuan (趙永全) signed the MOU with Tokyo Big Sight Inc president and CEO Kenichi Shimada.

“Tokyo Big Sight was established only 16 years ago, but now it is the most important exhibition managing company in Japan with yearly earnings of more than NT$8 billion [US$265.7 million] and the highest utilization rates,” Chao said. “We should be able to learn from their experience after signing the MOU.”

TAITRA organizes more than 200 exhibitions and 1,000 conferences a year. However, the number of professional exhibitions held in Japan last year was four times that staged in Taiwan, while international conventions held in Japan were 2.2 times the number organized in Taiwan, TAITRA said.

Chao said signing the MOU would help each group organize exhibitions more successfully through promoting each other’s activities and technical exchanges, including exchanges of exhibit spaces, software and hardware management and experience of crisis management.

“Tokyo Big Sight manages about 300 exhibitions and accommodates about 12 million visitors a year, and its yearly revenue is ranked No. 1 in Asia,” Shimada said.

“Tokyo Big Sight has been looking to expand its overseas business, and signing the MOU is one way to do that,” he said.

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