by Meetings & Conventions Asia | March 26, 2019

TaiNEX MRT190326TaiNEX is located right next to Taipei's Nangang Exhibition Center MRT station. 

Earlier this month, Taiwan announced the opening of the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center Hall 2 (TaiNEX 2), making TaiNEX its largest exhibition venue with a 156,700sqm floor space that can accommodate 32,000 visitors.

This long-anticipated upgrade means that Taipei's biggest international trade shows and industry exhibitions like COMPUTEX TAIPEI, TIMTOS (Taipei International Machine Tool Show), and TAIPEI CYCLE now have even more room to grow. At the same time, TaiNEX's management is also making the venue's versatility and creative capabilities known to event organisers.

TaiNEX's stylish and functional spaces
With the opening of its new hall, TaiNEX now offers more room for ideas. Besides two new showgrounds on the 1st and 4th floor, TaiNEX 2's conference rooms and Skylight Gallery on the 7th floor - opening in November 2019 - form an exclusive space for seminars and gala events, not least because they open onto the rooftop Sky Garden for unblocked views of the city in three directions.

TaiNEX 1, on the other hand, already has the popular Sky Dome for hosting events like pop concerts and sporting meets. The massive 22,680sqm column-free hall was used for the fencing and gymnastics events during the Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade.
 
More recently, the inaugural Taipei Dangdai, a new annual international art fair co-organised by the former team behind Art HK (now Art Basel Hong Kong) was held at the Sky Dome in January. "It was an incredible success with a higher turnout than expected; the organisers are planning to make next year's show even bigger," shared Sam Lo, executive director, Nangang International Exhibition Center Hall 1.

With such a comprehensive selection of spaces for planners, it's clear why Taipei won the rights to host the 2021 Rotary International Convention, which will be held across TaiNEX 1 and 2.

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VIPs at the opening ceremony of TaiNEX, including Tsai Ing-wen, the president of Taiwan (first row, fifth from left) 

The best of both worlds
The opening of TaiNEX 2 also means that organisers can grow their events not just in terms of size, but also in terms of value to visitors. While more booths can be allocated at TaiNEX for exhibitions, planners now have more flexibility to include seminars, product launches, and conferences at Taipei International Convention Center (TICC).

"TaiNEX's larger space is useful for B2B shows, but TICC's location in downtown Taipei is a huge selling point for conferences and consumer events," said Jerchin Lee, executive director, Taipei International Convention Center. The annual Taipei 5G Summit, for instance, will continue to take place at TICC alongside COMPUTEX TAIPEI.

Helping planners with their event ideas
Taiwan's MICE promotion arm MEET TAIWAN is also beefing up its services for planners. In addition to bidding support, financial assistance, and event promotion, it also provides market intelligence from post-event data and can help with unique venue procurement and tour itineraries for delegates.

Planners can contact MEET TAIWAN to learn more about holding their next event in TaiNEX or anywhere else in Taiwan.

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