Taipei signs MOU to host 2021 Rotary International Convention

The Taiwanese capital expects at least 40,000 visitors for the event

Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je (center, in white) sig...

Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je (center, in white) sig... (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding paving the way to welcome an estimated 40,000 attendees to the Rotary International Convention in 2021.

Rotary International is a service organization based in the United States and aiming to bring together business and professional leaders. It has more than 1 million members worldwide, including an estimated 300,000 in Asia.

At the signing ceremony Thursday, Ko said each convention attendee would receive a card giving them 10 days of free public transportation, the Central News Agency reported.

The event is scheduled for June 12-16 at the Taipei World Trade Center in the Nangang District. Taipei defeated 10 rivals, including Hong Kong, Macau, Houston and Hamburg to win the honor.

Organizers said the convention, the largest meeting of its kind in Taiwan for decades, was expected to generate NT$4 billion (US$129 million) in business, with airlines, hotels, restaurants, travel agencies and department stores all expected to benefit from the presence of thousands of visitors.

Ko referred to the success of the 2017 World Universiade in Taipei as an example to follow when attracting international attention for the capital, CNA reported.