AFECA announced the results of the 2016 AFECA Awards and the COMPUTEX team led by Mr. Walter Yeh, Executive President of TAITRA, won 1st Place of the AFECA Outstanding Trade Exhibition Awards and TWTC Nangang Exhibition Hall won 2nd Place of the Outstanding Venue Awards.
COMPUTEX is honored again this year after receiving the award in 2015. In 2016, COMPUTEX started the transformation by responding to international competition and the shift in the ICT industry to position itself to "Building Global Technology Ecosystems", focusing on the applications of Internet of Things technology, innovations and startups, business solutions, gaming and virtual reality. In addition to refreshing design of the key visual, the all new exhibition areas also create trendy forums, strengthen marketing strategies and provide innovative services and more to achieve sustainable development objectives of the exhibition, which were all well received by buyers and manufacturers.
COMPUTEX, standing out from many participants, has won recognition from judges from Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan and Malaysia. Once again, COMPUTEX proved to be in the leading position of the ICT trend, enhancing the international visibility of Taiwan's exhibition industry and inspiring its international competitiveness.
In addition, TWTC Nangang Exhibition Hall, run by TAITRA, won 2nd Place of the Best Venue Awards. The venue is the first exhibition hall in Taiwan to receive ISO20121 (Event Management System) and allows 10,000 people to use free Wi-Fi simultaneously. It also combines Google 360-degree indoor surround virtual tour and the introduction of innovative VR glasses for providing refreshing navigation experience.
Global convention and exhibition industry is moving eastward and Asia has become the center of the MICE industry. AFECA held its 11th Annual Conference (AFECA AGM) on November 7th, which was sponsored by the Association of Asian Exhibition and Convention Industries (AFECA), the largest convention and exhibition industry organization in Asia. Mr. Walter Yeh, the Executive Vice President of TAITRA, also President of AFECA, was re-elected Chairman of AFECA. Mr. Chen Xianjin, Chairman of the Shanghai Exhibition Industry Association, Mr. Prapee Buri, President of the Thailand Exhibition Association and Rosalind Ng, President of the Singapore Convention & Exhibition Association served as Deputy Chairman of AFECA. Other representatives from Philippine, Malaysia, Korea, India, Indonesia, and Singapore also served as AFECA directors, developing AFECA into one of the important organizations.
Mr. Walter Yeh was appointed as the President of AFECA in January, 2015. For the first time, he organized the Asia-wide events such as exhibitions, forums, youth competitions and exhibition awards, connecting Asia and MICE professionals from around the world. From November 7 to 8, during the Xiamen Conference and Exhibition Week, a grand AFECA annual meeting was held along with activities such as the AFECA and the Asian Youth Exhibition Competition.
With the support from AFECA members, Mr. Walter Yeh hoped that AFECA could become a platform for exchanges and cooperation in the Asian exhibition industry, and to promote cooperative opportunities. AFECA's vision for the future will be "to learn”, “to cooperate”, “to share” and "to support”, in addition to seek cooperation with the international media to promote and strengthen AFECA as an international platform to link Asia, with the advent of the digital age.