2018 Smart City Summit & Expo is Around the Corner
(Taipei) The Smart City Summit & Expo (SCSE) is not only a window for the world to see Taiwan's smart city solutions and ideas, it is also the largest Internet of Things applications exhibition in Asia. Global city leaders gather in Taipei to share their experience with developing smart cities, and the practical exchange of supply and demand accelerates international development of smart cities. The fifth SCSE celebrated its opening at the Nangang Exhibition Center during March 27–30. The theme for this year's event continued from the previous year's—Building a Smart City Using Internet of Things. The main events were: 1. Smart City Leader Summit Last year, 54 city representatives from 29 countries attended the event, including 22 mayors from overseas. This year, approximately 100 mayors and representatives from overseas participated. 2. Declaration of Global Smart City Alliance Initiative The Taipei City Government proposed an initiative to organize an international smart city alliance to share information about developing smart cities. Member cities will share open spaces to test innovative applications. Over international 10 cities responded to this proposal and signed the initiative during the event. 3. Smart City Professional Forum There were more than 63 professional forums with topics that included transportation, medical care, education, architecture, energy conservation, new energy sources, and agriculture. 4. Smart City Exhibition Over 1,000 booths (900 last year) displayed various smart city solutions, incuding exhibitors from England, Italy, France, Russia, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Mexico, Mongolia, and the Philippines. 5. 2018 World Telecom Smart City Conference More than 30 global telecommunications companies and 20 system integrators attended. The theme was development trends in internet of vehicles and artificial intelligence. 6. Sustainable City Forum, Taipei Co-hosting with ICLEI, member cities attended this event to discuss issues on smart energy conservation, circular economy, smart finance, and other topics. In addition, to enhance the professional level of the expo event, several brand exhibitions were held in conjunction with the summit. They were: 1. Smart Healthcare Expo (S.H.E. Taipei) This healthcare expo featured events such as the Smart Hospital Summit, Smart Hospital Director Conference, the signing of the International Smart Medicare Cooperation Declaration, and the smart medical interactive experience zone. Around 30 Taiwanese and 30 overseas hospital directors attended. This event was directed by the Taiwan Department of Health and Welfare and co-hosted by the Joint Commission of Taiwan and this association. 2. FutureED Expo This event was co-hosted by the Institute for Information Industry and Taipei Computer Association. Institute for Information Industry research brought together local Taiwanese vendors and demonstrated different applied teaching scenarios. At least 50 principals from overseas schools and educational experts and officials attended the International Forum on Smart Education. 3. Intelligent Building Expo (I.B.E. Taipei) This event was co-hosted by the Taiwan Intelligent Building Association andTaipei Computer Association. All Asia Pacific Intelligent Building Alliance member countries were invited to attend the APIGBA International Forum and Smart Building Industry Forum in Taiwan. Advanced domestic and foreign smart building companies were also invited to exhibit at the event.
ICCA-MICE Bid Workshop Strengthens Taiwan's International Competitiveness
Co-hosted by the Taiwan Bureau of Foreign Trade, TAITRA, and the prestigious International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), the ICCA-MICE Bid Workshop was held in Taipei's Songshan Cultural and Creative Park during March 13–14. The annual Workshop aims to cultivate Taiwanese talent in competitive bidding for international conferences. The Songshan Cultural and Creative Park was chosen as the site for this year's Workshop with the intent to incorporate Taiwan’s cultural creativity into the MICE industry. The Workshop featured several speakers with substantial experience in international conference bidding: Ulrike von Arnold who is Deputy Director of the Vienna Convention Bureau, Marta Gomes who is Sales Director of the Palais des Congres de Paris - VIPARIS Congress Department, and Noor Ahmad Hamid who is ICCA's Asia-Pacific Director. As the bid-winning Director-General of Kaohsiung's Economic Development Bureau, Vincent Tseng spoke of the submission process for the 2020 ICCA Congress. He, along with the CEO of GIS Group, Jason Yeh, shared the secrets of their successes. The Workshop was open to 40 participants; all were professionals from conference companies, associations, government agencies, hotels, and the travel industry. During the opening ceremony, TAITRA President and CEO Walter M. S. Yeh emphasized Taiwan's dedication to the promotion of its MICE industry, in addition to its success with competitive bidding for hosting rights of international conferences. Deputy Director General of the Bureau of Foreign Trade, Guann-Jyh Lee, mentioned in his speech that the MICE industry not only stimulates tourism but also enhances marketing of host cities. This is why the Bureau of Foreign Trade has long been promoting Taiwan's MICE industry. Future large international conferences to be held in Taiwan, such as the 2018 Sleep Tech Congress, the 2020 Mobile World Congress, and the 2022 World Congress of Biomechanics, are all examples of the island's MICE industry progress. Vincent Tseng shared how Kaohsiung went from zero to a hundred in the bidding adventure for the 2020 ICCA Congress. The thrilling process was also a valuable experience. Ulrike von Arnold stressed the importance of market research for international conferences and how everyone is expected to know the market inside and out. Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs has been committed to raising Taiwan's competitiveness in the MICE industry since the launch of the MEET TAIWAN program in 2009. The Ministry has co-hosted the MICE Bid Workshop with ICCA for six consecutive years in an effort to cultivate Taiwanese talent in the industry and attract other international conference opportunities to the island.
TaiSPO 2018 Successfully Shows Taiwan's Hard and Soft Power
The 45th TaiSPO (Taipei International Sporting Goods Show) involved 325 exhibitors, nearly 1,700 exhibition booths, and more than 1,700 foreign buyers during the three-day exhibition. B-to-B procurement meetings were organized and 107 match-making events successfully held. This year, there were two main theme areas: a Smart Sport Theme Park and Sports and Fitness Service Industry Area. From hard products like sports equipment to smart applications such as services and IoT, these areas were the most eye-catching of the Show. During the exhibition, TaiSPO and the Daedeok Innopolis Venture Association delegation from Korea signed a memorandum of understanding. Many representatives of member companies also participated in this event. In the future, TaiSPO will serve as a platform to facilitate the promotion, exchange, and cooperation of Taiwanese and Korean sports technology companies. A Marathon and Sports Marketing Forum, Forum of Foresight Development and Management for Fitness Industry in Asia, and Fitness Trend Seminar were held. Industry heavyweights lectured and shared their brand-new fitness knowledge and industry trends. Almost 400 international professionals were in attendance.
2018 Taiwan Exhibition & Convention Night: A VIP Extravaganza
Over 600 guests attended the 2018 Taiwan Exhibition & Convention Night held by the Taiwan Exhibition & Convention Association (TECA) at the Grand Hyatt Taipei. Attendees included Chairman James C. F. Huang of TAITRA, Chief Secretary Ko-Hao Ni of the Bureau of Foreign Trade, Chief Secretary Hsiao Chun-Chieh from the Taipei City Department of Information and Tourism, President William Foreman from the American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei (AmCham Taipei), and business representatives from Japan and various countries stationed in Taiwan. Walter M. S. Yeh, TAITRA President & CEO and TECA Director, mentioned that the TECA successfully organized the Annual General Meeting of Asian Federation of Exhibition and Convention Associations (AFECA), AFECA Awards, and AFECA Asia MICE Youth Challenge in 2017 with the support of government and industry. The MEET TAIWAN project, organized by the Bureau of Foreign Trade, assisted Kaohsiung with successfully winning a host bid for the 2020 Congress of the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). All of which significantly improves the international status of Taiwan’s exhibition industry and Kaohsiung's international reputation. Mr. Yeh also stated that the 2017 World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT 2017), known as the Olympics of information technology, was once again held in Taiwan after a 17 year absence. Representatives from over 80 countries and 2,000 information industry leaders gathered in Taipei to aim the focus of global technology industries once again on Taiwan. TECA is dedicated to cultivating youth, encouraging them to participate in the development of the exhibition and convention industry. Two young professionals were recommended by TECA for the AFECA Asia MICE Youth Challenge, namely Ms. Chang Li-Ching from Olily Exhibition Design and Ms. Wu I-Hsueh from TAITRA; they took second and third place in the outstanding youth talent category, highlighting the professional abilities of Taiwan exhibition industry professionals. Mr. Yeh emphasized that Taiwan’s MICE industry also won several AFECA awards: Taipei Cycle Show (first place in the Outstanding Trade Exhibition category), Comic Exhibition organized by Kuei Jung Exhibition Co. (second place in the Outstanding Consumer Exhibition category), and the Asia-Pacific Association for International Education organized by Willy Event Consultants Co. (first place in the Outstanding Convention/Congress category).
2017 Asian MICE Forum Advances to Southern Taiwan
The Asian MICE industry's annual mega event—the 2017 Asian MICE Forum—will be held September 6–7 in the Kaohsiung Exhibition Center. Themed “Innovation Power", the Forum will feature global MICE gurus, award winners, creative marketing leaders, and technology experts. To be held for the first time in Kaohsiung, Taiwan's second largest conference city, the harbor metropolis has spared no effort to cultivate its MICE industry to increase awareness of the latest developments and the city’s global visibility as a MICE destination. Masters Share Future Trends The Asian MICE Forum, annually commissioned by the Taiwan Bureau of Foreign Trade of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and implemented by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), has entered its 12th year. This year, Daniel McKinnon, Chairperson-elect of the International Association of Exhibition and Events (IAEE), Wolfgang Marzin, President & CEO of the world exhibition leader Messe Frankfurt GmbH, Tom Hulton, Director of International Relations of the world’s biggest incentive tour organizer IMEX, and Mike Van der Vijver, a prestigious conference design master, will come together to map out the global future of the MICE industry. J. Walter Thompson Taipei's managing director Deng Bowen, one of the masterminds of Lay’s human claw machine advertisement which set off a heated discussion on the internet over recent years, will also share his experience in successfully realizing "marketing whims" to attract consumers. Festivals, by featuring local natural and cultural resources, are a successfully-proven tool to showcase a city’s charm. To uncover the mystery and fun of destination marketing, this year’s Forum will introduce the Hakata Dontaku Festival, Japan's most popular celebration during their Golden Week; the Festival of Fire in Valencia, which is a world-famous ceremony full of spectacular fires and pyrotechnics; in addition to Kaohsiung’s own unique festival. To familiarize attendees with state-of-the-art technologies, Zappar, an Australian company recognized for its expertise in virtual-reality and augmented-reality technology; Poken, a European MICE technology services company; and Accupass, Taiwan‘s well-known innovative net enterprise will share technology application examples. It is worth mentioning that, in order to closely integrate the MICE industry with Taiwan’s New Southbound Policy, the “What’s Next for Asian MICE” session will have MICE leaders from Southeast Asian countries provide a macro analysis of Asian MICE development to help the industry grasp booming business opportunities. The 2017 Asian MICE Forum, with illustrious MICE organizations, technology experts, and marketing experts from all over the world to share insights, is a not-to-miss occasion. Not only to learn new trends, but also to network with the global community and explore new opportunities. To enjoy an early-bird discount, register by August 10th on the website at www.amf.com.tw.
The AFECA Awards 2017
In line with our continued pursuit for excellence, acknowledging deserving individuals and corporate organizations for their outstanding contributions to the global MICE industry, AFECA are happy to announce that the Asian Federation of Exhibition and Convention Associations (AFECA) shall once again hold the 2017 AFECA Asian Awards. AFECA Awards Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony 06 September 2017 - Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The AFECA Awards is an annual regional event to celebrate and acknowledge excellence in the exhibition and convention industry. This is also to recognize the contributions of AFECA members in the global marketplace. Organised by the Asian Federation of Exhibitions and Convention Associations (AFECA), the 2017 AFECA Awards aims to: Promote MICE industry best practices in AsiaMaintain the high standards of exhibitions, conferences , events and related activities and services in the regionRecognize members of the Association in their pursuit for excellence in the professional service, and Present a platform for sharing industry knows to be competitive in the regional/global market.Honors will be presented to the following categories: 1. Outstanding Trade Exhibition Awards 2. Outstanding Consumer Exhibition Awards 3. Outstanding Convention/Congress Awards 4. Outstanding Service Awards 5. Outstanding Venue Awards 6. AFECA Young Professional Awards ** This award is open to all AFECA members / Association members to recommend their ideal nominees, and all events represents should be held within Asia for the period of 01 August 2016 to 01 August 2017. ** ◎DEADLINE OF SUBMISSION OF ENTRIES : All entries must be submitted on or before 5:00 PM, Monday, August 7th, 2017 (Taipei time) For more information please check : http://www.afeca-events.org/en_US/index.html
AFECA Asia MICE Youth Challenge 2017
The 3rd edition of the AFECA Asia MICE Youth Challenge 2017 is confirmed to be scheduled on 6th September 2017, Wednesday in Kaohsiung, Taiwan alongside the upcoming AFECA AGM. AFECA cordially extend an invitation to you to organize a team or maximum two teams to participate in this exciting Youth Challenge event again! For more information please check : http://www.afeca-events.org/en_US/index.html
MICE Groups Build Exemplary Skills Through Creative Activities
Team-building activities usually consist of a combination of artistic abilities including skills in creativity, innovation, rhythm, communication, and interaction. Through the inclusion of innovative team activities and creative MICE activities, it is possible to effectively build strong team interactions that allow groups of any size and in any field to reveal astonishing potential and learning skills used to achieve the activity's main focus. Asia Ability Director David Fotheringham says that the definition for team activities can be quite extensive; teams could be formed of anywhere from 8 to 8,000 people, last 10 minutes to two days, and be conducted either indoors or outdoors at any desired venues. The most important thing is to offer participants an unforgettable experience. How to design a successful team activity? The answer is to go back to the original intentions and take control of five key points of focus, which are: who the participants are, the diversity of the activities, a streamlined process, total participation, safety precautions, and the element of surprise. The important thing is to complete all necessary tasks in a timely manner, or else the activity is sure to be full of error and chaos. A highly creative MICE team activity requires sufficient preparation to prevent the occurrence of errors due to forgetfulness and negligence, and the goal should be to ensure the entire process is filled with highlights and surprises that garner the continuous attention of event participants. The activity will only instill the participants with precious, indelible memories if each participant experiences joy throughout the entire process. For instance, an activity such as a simple group coloring competition, wherein posters are created by each individual group or one single gigantic poster, can produce multi-team collaboration. Participants learn how to complete their tasks by following event procedures and regulations; they may also draw from their own creativity for building a personalized themed image. All of these processes encourage communication and understanding. Flags from different countries can even be introduced into the activity as a part of the poster, thus highlighting the main focus of the activity. But in order to really involve the participants, the activity must be designed exclusively to fulfill their needs and desires. For instance, plan a group activity for team transactions in Thailand where each group represents Thai communities from different regions that possess different treasures; the members of each region must exchange their treasures with members of other regions at a specific time to complete the challenge and achieve their target, such as trading a silk scarf for spices, or using cash to buy commercial secrets, and so on. The group that ultimately ends up with products and cash of the highest value or the group that attains an established target in the shortest amount of time wins the game. Such an activity allows participants who have never met before to quickly become familiarized with each other and boosts their mathematical and negotiation skills. Brainstorming and persuasion skills are also required for a chance to successfully close a transaction beneficial to oneself and the whole team. Another group activity that requires participants to be up on their feet, move around, and encourages team interaction is the game of Puppet Master, which typically lasts 2–3 hours in duration. This game is especially suited to themed conferences, and groups of 15 or more people. Participants are divided into groups that each creates a large puppet twice the height of an average person; then the groups interact through the puppets. The emotionally charged gestures, important details of human interaction, methods of communication, and creative facial expressions, are particularly fun and interesting. During the process, each group member is responsible for moving a body part, enabling them to create a shared experience and requiring cooperation. Since each group is represented by just one puppet, the team will naturally bond so as to achieve their mutual goal of winning the competition. Participants will discover that making a large puppet walk like a real person is a difficult task, and that the process is both hilarious and lively. Source: TTG BTmice China Corporate Travel News March, April 2017 Article link: http://www.ttgbtmice.com/?p=37666&post_type=article
APRIM 2017 to be Proudly Unveiled
The International Astronomical Union (IAU) was founded in 1919. It is the most prominent scientific organization in the fields of astronomy and astrophysics, a member of the International Council of Scientific Unions, and was formed with aims to facilitate and enhance academic research and experience exchanges between astronomers. In addition to the Asia-Pacific Regional IAU Meetings (APRIM), the Union also supports two other regular regional meetings: Latin America Regional IAU Meetings and Middle East and Africa Regional IAU Meetings. These meetings increase the academic research and experience exchanges of astronomers around the world and are also where many relevant regulations and future development directives have been established. The 2017 APRIM will be held from July 3–7 at the Taipei International Conference Center. Hosting rights for this meeting were successfully obtained during APRIM 2014 in Daejeon, Korea, by Chairwoman Chu You-Hua of the Astronomical Society of the Republic of China (Taiwan) on behalf of Taiwan. It will be the first time APRIM is hosted in Taiwan, and is estimated to attract over 500 international and domestic scholars from Taiwan and over 30 nations in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, the Americas, Australia, and other regions. The 1st APRIM was convened in 1978, and has since been regularly held every three years. A total of 12 APRIMs, deemed one of the world's most important international astronomy conferences, have been held in the Asia-Pacific region. The hosting of APRIM in Taiwan brings awareness to and promotes Taiwan's development in astronomy research, and will contribute to making Taiwan a focus of the global community. For more information, visit the APRIM 2017 website at http://www.aprim2017.tw/index.html. Sources: Astronomical Society of the Republic of China (Taiwan), Elite Professional Conference Organizer