The Regent Taipei hotel, popular amongst international congress organisers, is launching a ‘2012 convention project’ that incorporates a private "convention butler service" to take care of miscellaneous details for organisers and a special service in which guests may "choose any five of eight privileges." These include enjoying dining or spa discounts, room upgrades and free Wi-Fi.
Other new hotel facilities include the Okura Prestige hotel, which will open later this year, and the Howard Plaza Hotel, which has invested nearly £1.3 million to upgrade its banquet hall.
The Okura Prestige will have 18 stories above ground and seven stories underground, 208 guest rooms, and one banquet room that will accommodate 24 tables and 240 people.
The hotel is famous for its Japanese-style service and Japanese cuisine, although it will offer Chinese and Western cuisine as well. It is located only two minutes’ walk from the nearest MRT station, a five minute ride from Taipei Railway Station, a ten minute ride from Taipei Song Shan Airport and 40 minutes from Taoyuan International Airport.
The Howard Plaza Hotel, with its longstanding involvement in the convention and exhibition business, will see an 80m projection screen surround in its new multi-media ‘Active Banquet Hall’, which will be ideal for presentations. It also offers an electronic cloud system that can broadcast international conventions live. A touch of grandeur comes from the eyecatching main light, adorned with 70,000 pieces of Austrian crystal.
Taiwan will be hosting a number of large association congresses in the next five years, including the Annual World Congress of the 2013 International Real Estate Federation and the 2017 World Federation of Ultrasound for Medicine and Biology.