Preparing, planning and hosting AIPH Expos brings together experts from different industries, often from outside the host city, to build together an institutional capacity that will deliver benefits before, during and after the Expo.
Planning for reuse of Expo site and its buildings, integrating clean and green infrastructure and developing future economic models are not the only legacy plans of each Expo. Long-term success for the city also comes from the institutional capacity legacy: expertise in mega-event hosting, fundraising; improved strategy, communications and marketing, as well as political cohesion and experience in mega-projects handover.
Organisers of Royal Flora Ratchaphruek, Thailand, started in 2006 with the A1 expo and continued for the second time in 2011 with the B category Expo. They increased their capability to organize a World-Class exhibition in Thailand, creating the world’s leading Tropical Horticultural Exhibition with a significant trading ground for agricultural technology and unique international plant specimens by promoting the potential of Thai garden plants.
Organising the Deaflympics, in Taipei in 2009, was an invaluable chance to begin a dialogue with the world of sport. A Horticultural Expo followed in 2010.
The 2019 Expo project in Taichung was initiated by a mayor from a different political party than the current one, who successfully continued and delivered the project.
“Taichung City Government team had enjoyed a creative international event and acquired experience of cohesion. We will move on with remarkable experience learned from the Expo and shine on an international stage again.”
Lu Shiow-Yen, Mayor of Taichung, April 2019