SINGAPORE – Computex is the largest computer fair in Asia – the second-largest in the world after Germany’s CeBIT. Now in its 31st year, the expo takes place from May 31 to June 4 across four different exhibition halls in the Taipei World Trade Center and the Taipei International Convention Center.
Agoda.com, Asia’s global hotel booking site and part of Nasdaq-listed Priceline.com Inc. (Nasdaq: PCLN), has secured special hotel rates in time for the Taipei International Technology Show 2011, better known as “Computex.”
Approximately 36,000 buyers are expected to attend the event to see the latest technologies and gadgets on display from hundreds of companies, including major Taiwan-based manufacturers Acer Inc., ASUStek, BenQ Corporation, and Foxconn Technology Group.
Symposiums run for the duration of the expo, with highlighted events including a forum led by Microsoft Corporate VP Steven Guggenheimer and a keynote speech on computer gaming by ASUStek VP Joe Hsieh. Tablet PCs are also set to be a major focus of this year’s Computex, with several companies, such as Lenovo, Samsung, and Fujitsu expected to showcase their new tablet designs.
Outside the exhibition halls, expo attendees can indulge their tech obsession further by browsing the gadgets on sale at the Guang Hua Electronics Market. This six-floor shopping complex on Civic Boulevard houses hundreds of IT stores, offering everything from brand name laptops, to audio-visual equipment, to computer and gaming peripherals. To bag a bargain, shoppers are encouraged to haggle.
Taipei is a diverse and fascinating city, with a long list of cultural attractions. Shihlin Night Market is a worthwhile diversion that offers the full spectrum of Taiwanese snacks, such as stinky tofu and oyster omelets. The striking National Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall is also a must-see, surrounded by carp-filled ponds and manicured gardens – a quiet counterpoint to the bustling expo circuit.
Agoda.com Hotel Specials for Computex Taipei 2011
Caesar Park Hotel – 5 stars
Save 20%. Rates from US$148 per night. Minimum stay 2 nights.
Beauty Hotels-Star Beauty Resort – 4 stars
Save 10%. Rates from US$131. Minimum stay 2 nights. Valid until December 30, 2011.
Dandy Hotel Da-an – 3.5 stars
Save 40%. Rates from US$76 per night. Valid until September 30, 2011.
City Inn Plus – 4 stars
Save 35%. Rates from US$104 per night. Minimum stay 2 nights. Valid until December 31, 2011.
Taipei Garden Hotel – 5 stars
Save 25%. Rates from US$220 per night. Minimum stay 3 nights. Valid until August 31, 2011.
Wonstar Hotel Ximen – 3 stars
Save 16%. Rates from US$94 per night. Minimum stay 2 nights. Valid until December 22, 2011.
The Ambassador Hotel Taipei – 5 stars
Save 10%. Rates from US$195 per night. Minimum stat 2 nights. Valid until June 4, 2011.
Lilai (Relite) Hotel – 3.5 stars
Save 10%. Rates from US$50 per night. Valid until June 30, 2011.
Master Inn – 4 stars
Save 30%. Rates from US$75 per night. Valid until August 31, 2011.
Astar Hotel – 3.5 stars
Save 10%. Rates from US$72 per night. Minimum stay 3 nights. Valid until June 30, 2011.