Developing Cities

One of the primary requirements for a successful Expo project is its integration with the city and region and the positive impact it can have on city development, mobility, and land regeneration.

Previous expo hosts have reported the expo motivated afforestation and ecological initiatives, and their residents enjoy the new addition to their city.

Xi’an 2011 Expo in China increased wetlands by 9.8%, 446 ha new afforestation area, +1933 ha forest land, 15% forest coverage rate.

Benefits in Developing Cities reported by previous Expo organizers include:​

  • Long-term investment in previously underdeveloped areas​
  • New mobility solutions and infrastructure​
  • Significantly increasing green space and lowering emissions​
  • Making best use of disused, empty or degraded land​
  • Enhanced quality of life for local residents​
  • Increasing appeal as a tourist destination​
  • Showcases key sustainability initiatives​
  • Promoting a positive image worldwide


New Infrastructure

Large-scale events such as AIPH horticultural expos encourage investment in new infrastructure, which becomes a permanent addition to the city and improves quality of life for local residents. ​

  • 2018 World Flora Expo, Chinese Taipei: The site was a model of urban development for the city as many areas are under development. 2018 Expo saved 2,486 tons of CO2 emissions by investing in electric buses which were kept and used regularly after the expo.​
  • 2013 Garden of the Earth, Korea: Motivated construction of Ecograd Hotel Suncheon, a high-tech IT garden and eco-friendly energy facilities. The city implemented an innovative Carbon Level Monitoring System which reduced the city’s overall carbon levels.​
  • 2010 International Flora Expo, Chinese Taipei: Flora Tunnel was created to connect Fine Art Park Area with Xinsheng Park, as well as pedestrian bridges to connect Yuanshan Park with the Fine Art Park Area. Dajia Blue Highway was also built specifically for the expo.​
  • 2003 IGA, Germany: Facilitated construction of Warnow Tunnel, reconstruction of the main train station, the urban railway station Lutten Klein and improvements to residential areas nearby. 2003 IGA GmbH refurbished the ship ‘Dresden’, which is now one of the most popular attractions in the Shipbuilding and Maritime Museum Rostock.