by Meetings & Conventions Asia | March 12, 2019
Costing an estimated US$240 million, the 156,700sqm venue includes two exhibition halls and six conference spaces. (RichieChan/GettyImages)
The Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center Hall 2 (TaiNEX 2) officially opened on  March 4, adding to Taipei's MICE capacity. Costing an estimated US$240 million, the 156,700sqm venue includes two exhibition halls and six conference spaces, including a convention hall for 3,600 complete with outdoor sky garden. 

"An estimated 20% of the MICE industry is in exhibitions - generating about US$200 million out of the one-trillion-dollar MICE industry," remarked David Dubois, president and CEO of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) at the opening ceremony. "This exhibition centre is a perfect example of what you can do to get a piece of that industry." 

In combination with Hall 1, TaiNEX is now Taiwan's largest exhibition venue offering more than 5,000 booths and 38 meeting rooms in the capital city. The ceremony also marked the opening of the first international show to take place at TaiNEX 2: the 27th Taipei International Machine Tool Show (TIMTOS). 

Thanks to the increased exhibition space made available by TaiNEX 2, this year's TIMTOS set a new record as the third largest exhibition for the machine tools industry - jumping from 5th place in 2017. 

"Even with TaiNEX 2, we were still unable to accommodate another 3,000 or so potential exhibitors for TIMTOS this year," shared Philip Huang, Executive Director, Nangang International Exhibition Center Hall 2. "However, the space is more than enough for the majority of our exhibitions. With this new venue, we have also eliminated the transport issues for shows that have traditionally had to be split between TaiNEX 1 and the Taipei International Convention Center (TICC)."

Besides giving a boost to Taiwan's MICE industry, TaiNEX 2 is also the first exhibition hall to achieve the Gold level for Taiwan's Green Building Label certification, and is also currently testing cutting-edge technological features such as the use of 5G networks, facial recognition, and biometrics.

"While TaiNEX 2 will be the first to use this next-generation technology, these will be rolled out and integrated across TaiNEX 1 and the TICC as well," added Huang.