Expo organisers of AIPH-approved International Horticultural Expos presented progress reports on their forthcoming expositions at the International Horticultural Expo Conference as part of the AIPH 75th Annual Congress in the Republic of Korea.
The Conference was held at the Suncheon Bay Natural Ecology Centre, where future horticultural Expo organisers from around the world gathered. This venue was created for ecological studies as part of the successful Suncheon Bay Garden Expo 2013 legacy. Attendees took the opportunity to draw inspiration from the success of this past mega-event. They also had the chance to view the 2023 Suncheonman International Garden Expo in Suncheon, which will close on 31 October.
AIPH President Leonardo Capitanio opened the Conference. He enthused: “It is amazing to think that AIPH has been approving International Horticultural Expos for 63 of the 75 years since our association has been in existence.”
International Horticultural Expos significantly impact the development of entire city areas, not just during the Expo period but also after. During the Conference, AIPH launched the 2nd Edition of its publication – Blooming Economies & Cities to Inspire the World, which includes updated statistics, such as economic impact and international reputation, from recent AIPH-approved Horticultural Expos that took place in Asia and Europe.
AIPH is proud to have approved and supported more than 50 International Horticultural Exhibitions since 1960. Until 2028, there are International Horticultural Expos in P. R. China, Japan, Qatar, South Korea, Thailand, and Türkiye. Representatives provided their updates at the Conference.
AIPH Secretary General emphasised the importance of International Horticultural Exhibitions: “The importance of greening cities with plants and making our cities liveable is what the whole world is talking about now – something we’ve been talking about for years.
“As the International Horticultural Expos, you are the ones who share that message, and you take forward what the horticulture industry can bring.”
Representatives of Expo applicants for AIPH approval also had the opportunity to present their cities. Nakhon Ratchasima (Korat, Thailand) presented its application to host a Category A1 World Horticultural Expos, and there were also presentations from other cities looking to host future Expos, including Minnesota (USA), Ulsan (Korea) and Chungchungnamdo (Korea).
Recordings of the Expo Conference progress reports are available to watch on this page of the AIPH website: https://aiph.org/event/75th-annual-congress/