An International MICE Harbor City
Kaohsiung is a tropical and coastal port city located in southern Taiwan. It houses Taiwan's largest maritime harbor, Kaohsiung Port, which is the Asia Pacific's first to gain an EcoPorts license. Kaohsiung has abundant natural resources and is conveniently located, contributing to the development of diversified industries such as iron and steel, ship-building, and petrochemicals. Kaohsiung is now devoted to establishing its Asian New Bay Area that currently boasts the Kaohsiung Exhibition Center, Maritime Cultural & Popular Music Center, Kaohsiung Port Terminal, Kaohsiung Public Library, and Kaohsiung Light Rail System. The image of “harbor” and “city” is apparent as much of the repurposed infrastructure retains characteristics of the previous harbor area and nearby land. New developments matched with the area's many assets promise Kaohsiung's future prominence in tourism, MICE, cultural and innovative activities, and even the film industry.
Kaohsiung Ready for MICE
Embracing the principal of “Ocean, Passion, and Professional”, Kaohsiung has actively joined the MICE industry. To solidify the development of Kaohsiung's MICE industry and increase its international competitiveness, the Kaohsiung City Government Economic Development Bureau established a Meeting & Event Promotion Office (http://www.khmice.org.tw/index_EN.aspx) in 2013. Then to handle challenges associated with the global MICE industry and increasing inter-city competition, the Kaohsiung City Government set up the “Kaohsiung MICE Alliance”. Kaohsiung's economically-friendly environment for conventions and exhibitions offers professional services and promotes a mutually beneficial community. Collaboration is key. Kaohsiung is a qualified host for major international expos and large conventions. Past events include the 2013 Asia Pacific Cities Summit, 2014 Taiwan International Fastener Show, 2014 Taiwan International Boat Show, 2014 AIESEC International Congress in Taiwan, and others. The MICE industry is flourishing in Kaohsiung. To consolidate the network of MICE related organizations, global MICE organizers are invited to host international conventionsand exhibitions in Kaohsiung. All are welcome to experience what Kaohsiung can offer.
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