Kinmen to open up for MICE

WORLD-class hotels and MICE facilities will soon be available in Kinmen, a cluster of islands near the Chinese city of Xiamen and governed by Taiwan.

Two projects have been earmarked for the destination, with one already underway.

Last month, a subsidiary of Xiamen Huatian Group started construction on a five-star resort next to Kinmen’s Tai Lake. This is the first time a China-registered business is being allowed to invest in Taiwan’s hotel sector.

The yet unnamed resort is being financed with the help of several local investors. All funds are believed to be from private sources.

The new resort will include MICE facilities, as will a second project being planned by Kinmen County’s Industrial Department and Investment Promotion Committee (IDIPC).

IDIPC is in the process of sourcing investors for Shuitou International Harbor Economic and Trade Park, which it hopes will revitalise Kinmen’s key port of Shuitou.

IDPIC CEO, Thomas Xiao, expects construction to begin in 2013 and finish by 2016.

Xiao said Kinmen lacked modern hotel facilities, and pointed out that the only available MICE facility was a 300-seat venue at National Quemoy University.

By Glenn Smith

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