EXPO 2016 ANTALYA Project
In 2016, one of the most important worldwide organizations, A1 Category Botanical Expo, is going to be held in Antalya with the theme of “Flowers and Children”. “Expo 2016 Antalya” is expected to attract millions of people together with generating enormous benefits in every manner. Eight million people are expected to visit Expo 2016 Antalya during a period of 6 months. In this figure, 5 million foreigners will explore the Antalya Expo and of those 2 million will very likely come to Antalya just to visit the Antalya Expo. In addition to this, it is expected that there will be 3 million domestic visitors and of those five hundred thousand will come to the Expo with regard to developing the region.
More than 100 countries and 30 international organizations are expected to participate in Expo 2016 Antalya. Within 90 hectares of Expo land, 4 main areas called Expo Hill, Expo Forest, Expo Pond and Expo Tower are going to be visited by millions of tourists. During Expo period of six months 20.000 different activities are going to be organized including panel discussions, meetings, seminars, performing arts events, concerts and most importantly children congresses. The current state of the local landscaping which is arranged by the local municipalities and the tourism sector is a positive and encouraging position for Antalya.
Antalya is an ideal geographical location for the Expo. With its 640 km long coastline and its rich history and incredible natural beauty, Antalya spreads out right in front of your eyes. There are approximately 300 antique sites to visit such as Aspendos, Termessos, Phaselis, St. Nicholas, Perge and the ruins of the ancient city of Patara. The excellent combination of the sea and sun, beaches, breath taking waterfalls and authentic localities such as Olympos make it virtually a wonderland. Its 500.000 bed capacity with 240 five star hotels, addressing 2 billion people within a 4 hours flight distance, proves its enormous tourism potential. Antalya, with its enormous variety of beautiful geographical features, and a population approaching two million, has a temperate climate and an endemic plant structure. The flora of Turkey is relatively rich with 9.160 species and a great number of new species are still being documented. In Turkey, the rate of endemism is relatively high when compared with other European countries. The number of endemic species in Turkey is greater than 3.300. Of these, there are 500 endemic species in Antalya. Antalya’s natural beauty has turned it into a centre of attraction.
The city's economy is founded on the 3 mainstays of: Tourism, agriculture, commerce and industry. Manufacturing companies in different fields are active alongside the organized industrial zone. Annually more than 10 million foreign visitors come to Antalya. And, of course, agriculture shows the other side of Antalya. Identified with the blue sea Antalya also has a green face. When Antalya agriculture is mentioned, the sectors that undoubtedly come to mind are fresh fruits, vegetables and ornamental plants. With 45.246 hectares of a potential vegetable production area, Antalya has 13 % of the vegetable production in Turkey and 36 % of Turkey’s total production in the cut flower sector, exporting to 57 countries, is in Antalya.
The ornamental plants sector, which is an integral part of Antalya, provides many social benefits, from the creation of employment to attaining economic value in many areas, not only at local level but also at national level. The Flower Festival which has now become a tradition is being held for the seventh time this year and international seminars, trade fairs and trade delegations continue throughout the year. These are some of the organizations which are at the heart of the ornamental plants sector in Antalya.