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Xinyi Line expected to draw record crowds to trade center in capital

TAIPEI--The Taipei mass rapid system's new Xinyi Line, which makes it easier for people from around the Greater Taipei area to get to the Taipei 101 building, is expected to also help boost visitor numbers to the Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC) Hall 1.

Visitors to Hall 1 exceeded a record 6 million people in 2013, according to the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), which runs the site. The new MRT line will likely help increase visitor numbers by 20 percent, it said in a statement.

The new service, which has a stop right next to Hall 1, will make it easier for passengers to get to the commercial area from other parts of town or allow for easier connections in navigating the city's subway system.

Launched in 1986, the TWTC Hall 1 is well-positioned in the bustling Xinyi District, and has been the most popular exhibition destination in Taiwan. Last year alone, it hosted 84 exhibitions, TAITRA said.

Although its annual usage rate has dropped from 85 percent to 70 percent because of the opening of the Nangang Exhibition Hall, the venue is still the world's most frequently used exhibition site, it added.

Currently, Taipei only has TWTC Halls 1 and 3, along with the Nangang Exhibition Hall. Hall 2 was demolished in 2012.

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