2008 TaiSPO & Taipei Cycle: A reunion with more opportunities

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Award Ceremony for Innovative Products of TaiSPO 2008.
Image: Rico Shen.

Today saw the opening of the new Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall and its first show, the Taipei International Cycle Show (Taipei Cycle). Tapei Cycle runs concurrently with the 2008 35th Taipei International Sporting Goods Show (TaiSPO), showcased at Taipei World Trade Center, running from today through Sunday, March 16. This year, 288 companies are participating. Together for the first time since 1987, the TaiSPO and Taipei Cycle organizers hope that having both these shows at the Taipai World Trade Center will bring greater benefits and opportunities for bicycle and sporting good industries in Taiwan and internationally.

The morning before the Grand Opening Ceremony of the Taipei World Trade Center Nangang, TAITRA announced winners of the "TaiSPO Innovation Award." According to TAITRA, this competition was designed to give participants a place to showcase innovative new products and creations. The jury who announced the winners and participants from a variety of industries forecast another industry transformation because the significant changes in modern people's lifestyles.

Grand Opening for TWTC Nangang & Taipei Cycle 2008.
Image: Rico Shen.

In the Grand Opening Ceremony of TWTC Nangang and Taipei Cycle, not only government officials but also executives from varied industries all participated in this grand launch to support the MICE (Meeting, Incentive Travel, Conference, Exhibition) industry in Taiwan.

Cquote1.svg Even though we [the MICE industry & Executive Yuan] faced a number of difficult challenges during the construction of the TWTC Nangang Exhibition Hall, we have, with help from a number of other industries, finally gotten the Taipei Cycle convention smoothly showcased here. I greatly appreciate this achievement. Cquote2.svg

Chun-hsiung Chang, Premier of the Republic of China

TWTC Nangang, Opportunity? Threat?
Image: Rico Shen.
Cquote1.svg The MICE industry in Taiwan provides extra high value as it has run some of the most famous trade shows ever showcased at TWTC. With the launch of TWTC Nangang, with Taipei Cycle becoming the first exhibitors here, I hope the MICE industry and other industries, including the bicycle industry, can successfully market to the world. As several companies participated in the Taipei Cycle, I'm sure that the exhibition will create the conditions to make the show a source not only for Asia but for the entire world. Cquote2.svg

Shui-bian Chen, President of the Republic of China.

The TWTC Nangang opening, showcasing Taipei Cycle, and the concurrent running of TaiSPO at TWTC, will bring new opportunities for sporting goods, bicycle, and MICE industries as the two trade shows are firmly on track to become Asia's major center for buying and selling within these industries.


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