A host of developments coming online in the Nangang district is expected to help alleviate Taipei’s lack of spaces for large-scale international events.
Philip T T Huang, executive director of Nangang International Exhibition Centre, Hall 2, Taiwan External Trade Development Council, said that it has been “difficult for Taipei to bid for big international events and meetings” due to a “shortage” of larger exhibition grounds, conference halls and volume of breakout rooms.
Nangang International Exhibition Centre’s Hall 2, the US$240 million addition to the centre’s Hall 1, aims to resolve this problem.
Set to open in March 2019, Hall 2 will add another 34,120m2 of exhibition and meeting space to Nangang, including a multifunctional conference hall that can be converted into 14 breakout rooms.
This brings the Centre’s total meeting room count to more than 30, and total booth capacity to more than 5,000. Both halls will be connected to the metro via an underpass.
In comparison, another major exhibition venue in Taipei, Taipei World Trade Centre Hall 1 can accommodate 1,477 booths and has five conference rooms. Its Hall 3 can accommodate 365 booths, and has just one conference room.
“In the future, Nangang will be the real capital for Taiwan’s MICE industry, thanks to our big exhibition space and conference rooms that can attract international events and exhibitions here,” expressed Huang.
The Nangang area will soon also see other infrastructure coming online such as a software park, hotel, shopping mall and sheltered overhead walkways.