Conference Venue
Howard International House Taipei
No. 30, Section 3, Xinsheng South Road,
   Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C.
TEL: 886(2 )8369-1155
FAX: 886(2) 8369-1177
 
Ideally nestled in the heart of Taipei's business and financial district, Howard International House, under the direct management of Howard Hotels & Resorts International, provides an ideal balance of pleasant environment and modern convenience. It is located about 7-10 minutes by foot from the Taipower Building MRT Station (Green Line) or 10-15 minutes by foot from the Gongguan MRT Station (Green Line). The House provides convenient access to the city’s transportation network. There is also ample underground parking space for guests.
 
Howard International House Taipei offers superior services tailored to varied needs of international cultural and artistic performance groups, consulting corporations, and private enterprises in terms of meals, accommodation and conference. The House includes one large auditorium and small conference rooms. Small conference rooms could be used for seminars and lectures. They are fully equipped with conference aids.

Starting October 1st 2007, smoking is prohibited inside Howard International House.
About Taipei
The capital of the Taiwan, Taipei is a vibrant blend of traditional culture and cosmopolitan life. Taipei became the political, economic, educational and recreational center of the country at the end of 19th century when it gained economic importance due to the trade of tea and offers an array of significant cultural sights.

The city is situated in a basin in northern Taiwan that was inhabited by aboriginal peoples until settlers from China moved into the area about 300 years ago. The first permanent settlements were in the present-day districts of Wanhua and Datong, in western Taipei. These areas still retain many of their old customs, as visitors can readily see in the architecture, sculptures, and ceremonies of the old streets and temples.

A more recent cultural focal point in the city is the National Palace Museum, which houses hundreds of thousands of Chinese antiques and art works. The museum is located in the north of the city and is a must-see for lovers of ancient Chinese culture. Eastern Taipei was largely underused fields until the nineteen-seventies, when the city began to develop the area as a financial and commercial district. Here, the modern face of Taipei shines through, with its glass and steel skyscrapers, wide boulevards, and the World Trade Center.

Taipei also boasts dozens of world-class performance venues, where you can enjoy internationally renown theater and concert events. The city also offers a wide range of other diversions - shopping malls, nightclubs, live-music bars, quality hotels, and exotic restaurants. It is now home to the world's tallest skyscraper, TAIPEI 101 (total height 509 metres-1,671 feet).

With the wealth of interesting and fun activities available in Taipei, and its warm hospitality, visitors are certain to have an unforgettable experience in this remarkable city.

For more information, please visit Taipei City Government, Tourism Bureau.
Visa Information
For more information about Visa please visit Bureau of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of China (Taiwan)
 
Visa-Exempt Entry
Countries eligible for Visa-exempt entry:
  Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, *Ireland, Italy, *Japan, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands ,*New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia , Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, *U.K. , U.S.A. and Vatican City State.

Passport holders of India, Thailand, Philippines, Viet Nam, Indonesia, who also possess a valid visa or permanent residence certificate issued by U.S.A., Canada, Japan, U.K., Schengen Convention countries, Australia or New Zealand. Travelers meeting the above qualifications and having never been employed in Taiwan as blue-collar workers, have to first register information concerning their documents and personal data into the “Advance Online Registration System for the Visitors of Nationals from Five Southeast Asian Countries to Taiwan”. Upon completion, the printed confirmation is used to validate the traveler during the boarding and the immigration check. During the immigration check, travelers who cannot show a valid visa or permanent resident visa issued by one of the aforementioned developed countries will not be admitted into the country.
 
Requirements:
  A passport with validity of at least six months upon entry.
  1. Visa-exempt entry only applicable to formal passports, not including emergency, temporary, other informal passports or travel documents.
  2. Japanese Citizen is entitled to validity of passport at least three months, under same other requirements. (unless otherwise stipulated by treaty or agreement)
  3. A confirmed return air/sea ticket or an air/sea ticket and a visa for the next destination, and a confirmed seat reservation for departure.
  4. No criminal record or not listed by the local authorities.
 
Duration of stay 30 days:
  1. 30 days ( Japanese , U.K. , Ireland and New Zealand passport holders can stay 90 days), The 30 /90 days' duration of stay starts from the next day of arrival and is not extendable. Travelers must depart by the end of the said 30/90 days. Please click here for " Penalty for overstay". Visa-exempt entry cannot be converted to other types of visas.
  2. However, aliens entering the R.O.C. through visa-exemption may apply for a visitor visa within the visa-exemption period on the following conditions at the Bureau of Consular Affairs and branch offices of MOFA. 。 in case of severe acute diseases, natural disasters or other force majeure reasons, which hold them back from leaving the R.O.C. 。 white- collar professionals obtaining the work permit within. the visa-exemption period, plus their spouse and minors (under age 20) entering the R.O.C. together.
  3. U.K. passport holders please go to "Notice for British Passport Holders Who Entered Taiwan Visa-Free and Are Applying for an Extension of Stay".
 
Landing Visa
Countries eligible for Landing Visas:
  • Holders of emergency or temporary passports with validity more than six months for nationals of those countries eligible for visa-exempt entry.
  • Holders of USA passport with validity less than six months.
 
Requirements:
  • A confirmed return air/sea ticket or an air/sea ticket and a visa for the next destination, and a confirmed seat reservation for departure.
  • Fill out an application form with one photo.
  • Visa fee of NT$ 1,600 (citizens of countries with reciprocal agreements shall be issued visas gratis) plus a handling fee of NT$ 800; For U.S. citizens: see remarks
  • No criminal record or not listed by the local authorities.
 
Duration of stay 30 days:
  The 30 days' duration of stay starts from the next day of arrival and is not extendable. Travelers must depart by the end of the said 30 days. Visa-exempt entry cannot be converted to other types of visas.
 
Remarks:
  Holders of USA passport with validity less than six months.
  • Passengers shall apply for a visa at ROC Overseas Missions and be charged a special handling fee of equal amount NT$4,323.
  • Passengers who apply for visas upon arrival at the ports of entry in the ROC shall be charged a special handling fee of equal amount NT$4,323 plus an additional fee of NT$800.A single entry visa of which duration of stay is no more than 30 days may be granted.
 
Other Information:
  Passengers entering the Republic of China through the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport may apply for a landing visa at the Visa Office of Consular Affairs Bureau at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.
 
Electricity Supply
Taiwan uses electric current of 110 volts at 60 cycles.
Time Zone
Taiwan is 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
Climate
Taiwan enjoys a subtropical climate, with warm, mild weather the year round.
Please go to Central Weather Bureau for more information.
Language
Mandarin is the official language in Taiwan, though other dialects are also spoken. The most commonly used foreign language is English.
Airport Transportation
Bus and taxi services are available at the Taiwan TaoYuan Airport (TTY Airport).
General Transportation
Taxi : The rate for taxi in Taipei city is NT$70 for the first 1.25 kilometers and NT$ 5 for each additional 250 meters. A "waiting surcharge" for each 1 minute and 40 seconds is added to NT$ 5, when the taxi is stopped. In addition, NT$20 surcharge is added between 11p.m. and 6 a.m. Different rates apply in other areas
MRT : The Metropolitan Rapid Transportation (MRT) system run by the city government provides the most convenient commuting service between downtown and suburban of Taipei. For more information please visit website at http://english.trtc.com.tw/
Taxes
A 10% service charge and a 5% value-added tax are mostly added to room rates and meals. No tipping is needed when diet in a restaurant
 
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