The Tour recently received a massive boost when it was awarded Official World Golf Ranking status from 2013 onwards.
With golf returning to the Olympics in 2016, the ADT will become a platform for emerging players from across Asia to have the opportunity to play their way to Rio De Janeiro.
From next season, all winners of the Asian Development Tour (ADT) events will receive a minimum of six World Ranking points while the top-six players and ties will earn points based on a sliding scale.
It is an exciting development which players at the US$110,000 Ballantine's Taiwan Championship will look forward to when the event tees off at the National Garden Golf Course in Taipei on Thursday.
Australia's Ryan Bullock believes that the stature of the ADT will grow immensely and is hoping to be in contention again following his maiden ADT win at the PGM Terengganu Masters in June.
"It's fantastic that events on the ADT will be receiving world ranking points from next year. This will add to the prestige of the Tour as there're only three secondary circuits in the world to have such world ranking status," said Bullock, who is third on the ADT Order of Merit.
"I want to win that second title again and if the weather holds up I hope to be in for another chance to do that," added the Australian.
Local ace Kao Shang-hung, who enjoyed his moment of glory when he won the Ballantine's Taiwan Championship last year, will be back to defend his title and spearhead the local charge alongside compatriots Lin Wen-tang and Wang Ter-chang.
England's Peter Richardson, who currently leads the ADT Order of Merit, will be hoping to consolidate his position at the top with his second ADT win at the Ballantine's Taiwan Championship, which is the richest tournament on the ADT.
The Englishman will however have to contend with a strong international field that features Australia's Luke Bleumink, Japan's Ichiro Suzuki and Philippines' rising young talent, Miguel Tabuena.
Launched in 2010 with the aim of creating a career pathway for professional golfers in Asia, a record total of 12 events will be played this season with the top three finishers on the Order of Merit earning Asian Tour cards for 2013.