Press Release – NICH – April 26, 2018 – The National Institute of Culture and History, Belizean Artisans and Unique Belize attended “Giftionery Taipei 2018” to showcase high quality assorted products that are created in Belize and are available for export. Giftionery Taipei, is an annual 4 day “International Gift & Stationery Show” held from 19th April to the 22nd April with this year’s show being hosted at the Taipei World Trade Center in Taipei, Taiwan.

This event showcases products ranging from Gifts & stationery, Promotional Items, Holiday Decorations, Stationery & Art Supplies, School & Office Supplies, Art & Crafts, Houseware & Home Living, Toys & Children, Articles, Bags, Jewelry & Accessories, Pet Accessories etc. in the Gifts & Handicrafts, Office & Commercial Supplies industries. Rebecca Stirm of “Twig & Pearl” along with Ms. Karen Vernon, who represented Unique Belize Artisans including Sharondale Humes, Lula Bennett and Marvin Meza, were present for the event with Belizean products proudly and prominently displayed at the Belize booth.

‘Giftionery Taipei’ highlights Big brands and start-ups alike. They are attracted to this event which incorporates two complementing fairs, namely the Taiwan Houseware & Home Decor Show and Taiwan Souvenir. More than 20,000 visitors experience the expo with over 500 exhibitors and 700 booths. Attendees share their knowledge, products, projections and network, as they seek international business partners, trends, value, promotion, markets and innovation from more than 10 nations. The organizers cite the event as one which “will provide a prominent stage for international corporate gift procurement, brand licensing, peripheral commodity negotiations and channel exchange.”

The Central American Trade Office (CATO) is an organization in Taiwan set up by that Government to support its allies in SICA (the Central American System of Integration) in the promotion of trade, investment, tourism and culture. Each year CATO organizes a series of regional activities alongside individual country activities for the Embassies in Taiwan. In looking at the 2017 activities under this program, the Embassy of Belize decided that they would give some attention to culture, thus the participation in Giftionery 2018, featuring Unique Belize and Twig & Pearl (Rebecca Stirm). “Giftionery” provides a prominent stage for the display, procurement and branding of creative, innovative and unique gifts representative of Belize’s cultural and creative industry. This participation will afford NICH an opportunity to seek business and market opportunities and perhaps open market channels for quality and characteristic handicrafts of Belize.

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