Taipei, April 21 (CNA) Taiwan has won a bid to host the 31st Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology in 2016, Taiwan's trade promotion body said Saturday.
It will be Taiwan's second time hosting the academy after a hiatus of 15 years, the Taiwan External Trade Development Council said in a statement.
Holding such an international event can help raise Taiwan's prestige and generate great economic benefits, according to the council.
In addition, the Taipei-based Ophthalmological Society of Taiwan, which won the bid to host the academy, also won the bid to host the 4th Asia Cornea Society Biennial Scientific Meeting in 2014.
The two events will attract nearly 10,000 eye experts fromover 70 countries and generate economic benefits worth someNT$300 million (US$10.18 million), the council said.
The bidding to host the events was fierce, it went on, adding that Taiwan's success in beating other member countries was due to Taiwan's prestige in ophthalmology, as well as its good networking and preparation.
(By James Lee)