Taiwan eyes return of overseas groups

Economic and trade chiefs expect boost in business events as island’s MICE industry fully reopens; Meet Taiwan to welcome foreign MICE organisers ‘soon’

TAIWAN’s economic and trade officials say they expect to begin welcoming overseas business event professionals soon once a “full reopening” of the island’s domestic MICE industry proves successful.

TAITRA, Taiwan’s External Trade Development Council, issued a statement on June 19 saying the government in Taipei is ready to further loosen Covid-19 regulations with a partial opening of domestic conferences and exhibitions as public facilities re-open.

The statement follows a MICE Restart press conference held by the Bureau of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Economic Affairs and TAITRA announcing the reopening of domestic MICE with new public health regulations.

The event was attended by MICE industry leaders and venues operators.

“After reopening, a boost is anticipated, estimating 50 events during June and July covering industries that include beverages, baking, outdoor sports, video games, and more. People are welcome to return to venues to experience post-Covid-19 in Taiwan,” a TAITRA spokesman said.

Taiwan was one of the first jurisdictions to take action against what was later recognised by the World Health Organisation as an epidemic.

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“At the beginning of this year, Taiwan’s implementation of epidemic prevention work has been indispensable,” TAITRA said, adding that Taiwan has helped countries combat Covid-19 with knowledge sharing, face-mask donations and other assistance.

“Taiwan has taken the lead in preparing to restart, and Taiwan will continue to give help to other countries.”

Foreign nationals are currently not allowed to travel to or transit via Taiwan. Diplomatic passport holders, or travellers fulfilling official or commercial contracts are exempt, but must immediately undergo a 14-day self-imposed quarantine.

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The pandemic had grounded business events in Taiwan with no conferences and exhibitions since Lunar New year resulting in severe challenges for venues and suppliers.

Meet Taiwan, which operates under TAITRA and provides advice and support to local and overseas organisers, will be at the forefront of the renewed drive to help overseas MICE groups hold their events in Taiwan.

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