The conference will take place on 28 and 29 September at the Congress Centre, at Expo 2016 Antalya, the six-month long AIPH-approved A1 International Horticultural Exhibition, and will include an tour of the 125 hectare Expo site.
- Piero Galli, former general manager of the World Expo in Milan, Italy in 2015 will share his experiences of how to maximise visitor numbers and secure international participation.
- Mucahit Sengul, the deputy secretary general of Expo 2016 Antalya, will give a review of the expo and the lessons learnt.
- Nehir Humali, landscape architect for Rixos Land of Legends Hotel will speak about how to best use the landscape to enhance visitor experience.
Sven Stimac, AIPH senior consultant will share his suggestions on working with horticultural expo participants and an expert panel will debate how to secure international participation.
AIPH Secretary General, Tim Briercliffe, said: "For anyone with an interest in horticultural expos this conference will provide valuable and detailed information and guidance. Nowhere else will so many experts on this subject come together to share their ideas.
More than 60 countries, including the UK, institutions and Turkish municipalities are participating in the Expo which opened to the public on 23 April and runs until 30 October.
Briercliffe said there had been an increased interest in holding another international horticultural exhibition in the UK, with support from the HTA, RHS and the All Party Parliamentary Group for Horticulture and Gardening. He is giving a talk on how such a show could benefit the UK at the forthcoming Landscape Show, which runs on 13 and 14 September at Battersea Park, south London.
The UK has a garden at the event designed by Landform Consultants garden designer Nilufer Danis in anticiption of a possible Expo in the next decade.
Delegates will also receive progress updates on forthcoming International Horticultural Expos in development including in Taichung, Chinese Taipei (2018), Beijing, P. R. China (2019), Gold Coast, Australia (2020) and Almere, Netherlands (2022).