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COMPUTEX Tapei closes after record turnout

TAIPEI--COMPUTEX Taipei, Asia's largest computer show, closed Saturday after attracting a record number of international buyers and visitors, organizers said.

The five-day computer trade show drew 38,662 buyers from 166 countries, 1 percent more than last year's show did, according to the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), one of the organizers.

Of the 166 countries and regions represented by buyers at the show, the strongest presences were from China, the United States, Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea, said Walter Yeh, executive vice president of TAITRA, at a press conference to mark the end of the trade show.

The 34th COMPUTEX, the second largest show of its kind in the world, also attracted some 130,000 visitors during its five-day run, he added.

The largest increase was seen among visitors from the United Arab Emirates, the Philippines and Sweden with 22.2 percent, 18.8 percent and 15.6 percent growth, respectively. Yeh attributed the increases to the introduction of direct flights between Dubai and Taipei and TAITRA's new office in the Philippines.

The number of Chinese buyers also showed strong annual growth of 15 percent, making China the largest single source of buyers at this year's COMPUTEX with 5,000 people.

The trade show is expected to have generated over US$25 billion in business — the same as the exhibition in 2013 — representing 22 percent of Taiwan's annual US$110 billion in information and communications technology exports, Yeh said.

“I'm quite confident after seeing these good results,” Yeh said, attributing the good numbers to economic recovery in the U.S. and Europe.

This year, COMPUTEX highlighted wearable devices, touch applications and the Internet of Things, which came alongside 120 forums and talks, leading Yeh to praise the annual show as a great platform for showcasing both hardware and software.

The limited space at the venue, however, remains a challenge, the organizers said, adding that the issue will remain until 2017, when a new exhibition hall is set for completion.

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