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Thailand a step closer to hosting global horticultural expo

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Thailand a step closer to hosting global horticultural expo
Thailand’s third largest city has received approval from the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH) to host the horticultural equivalent of the World Expo in 2029.

Nakhon Ratchasima, also known as Korat, was approved by the association as the destination for the event, set to be held between November 10, 2029 and February 28, 2030.

The event is expected to draw between 2.6 million and four million visitors to Korat and will be known as Korat Expo 2029.

Thailand has hosted the International Horticultural Expo once before, in Chiang Mai in 2006.

“We are poised to welcome global visitors to our city, showcasing the cultural richness of Thailand intertwined with our vision for a greener and more sustainable future,” said the governor of Nakhon Ratchasima, Sayam Sirimongkol.

“The Expo will revolutionise our cityscape, positioning Korat as a model city for green innovation.”

AIPH called Thailand’s application presentation to host the event “excellent”.

Thailand still needs to be approved by the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), which regulates several global expos, including the horticultural show and the World Expo.

“Korat Expo 2029 is primed to be a milestone event, driving substantial economic, social and natural gains,” said Chiruit Isarangkun Na Ayuthaya, president of the Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB)

“It aligns well with AIPH’s core value to champion a prosperous industry, growing plants that enhance lives, advance societies and sustain our planet for this generation and the next.

“In this connection, TCEB would like to thank concerned parties in all sectors for their roles – Horticultural Science Society of Thailand, Nakhonratchasima Chamber of Commerce, The Federation of Thai Industries, Nakhon Ratchasima Chapter, Tourism Council of Nakhon Ratchasima, Khao Yai Tourism Association, Nakhonratchasima Rajabhat University and the private sector in the province.”

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