Monday 28 September 2015

Turkmenistan, signed the participation contract EXPO 2016 Antalya

Turkmenistan, signed the participation contract for EXPO 2016 in Antalya to open the country garden. Turkmenistan commissioner appointed by the country's Commerce and Industry Chamber Chairman Devran Orazmuradov EXPO 2016 said they were happy to participate in Antalya.

Located between the Turkic Republics Turkmenistan, Turkey's first Expo EXPO 2016 took the decision to participate in Antalya. "Flowers and child" theme of EXPO 2016 will open its doors next year as Commissioner for the country Turkmenistan. Antalya Chamber of Commerce and Industry President appoints the Orazmuradov Period. Orazmuradov presidential delegation led came to the Aksu district where the exhibition grounds. EXPO 2016 Antalya Agency Deputy Secretary General Mujahid visiting delegation was welcomed by Şengül project presentation. Guest delegation was later shown to be installed in the location of Turkmenistan garden exhibition space.

Accession treaty EXPO 2016 Antalya Agency Deputy Secretary General Mujahid Turkmenistan commissioner with Şengül put signature Devran Orazmuradov troops. Deputy Secretary General Şengül, "We are pleased to welcome the friendly and brotherly country. President of Turkmenistan, Mr. Gurbanguly We are delighted the Government Berdimuhamedov honor us, "he said. Orazmuradov said, "We accept your invitation to us as a brother country, we are happy to participate," he said. Orazmuradov said that they were happy to take place in such a large organization, the first National Day events will be held after the inauguration, he said he wanted to Turkmenistan. 
Deputy Secretary General Mujahid Şengül, after the signing ceremony in Turkmenistan Transfer Commissioner country Orazmuradov EXPO 2016 he gave peony flower symbol.

Source Expo 2016 Antalya

Germany will participate at Expo 2016 Antalya through the private sector !

The German Consul, Martin Vetter announced that the German private sector would participate in Expo 2016 Antalya, despite the unofficial state participation.
Very good news that arouses much interest and curiosity for this participation.

Source Expo 2016 Antalya

Nepal at Expo 2016 Antalya

EXPO 2016 in Nepal, which will join in Antalya, Antalya to discuss the details of the garden came to be established in the area. Nepal is famous for its monasteries and temples in the area "Smart Kids: Green Cities" theme will take place in a temple 11 meters high, all made by hand to create a garden.

Garden Director and Nepal garden Chief Birendra Bajracharya, Field Engineer Chandra Field Director with Prasad Bhatti and Inspector Chandra Kiran consisting Maharjan Nepalese delegation EXPO 2016 Antalya was introduced in Nepal Garden to be established in the area by visiting the exhibition grounds. Nepalese delegation to the EXPO 2016 Antalya Agency Deputy Secretary General met Levent Murat Advisor.

Making the presentation of Nepal Bhati yard field engineer, he pointed out that Nepal is famous for its monasteries and temples. Nepal's mountainous, hilly and is composed of a flat geographical region, also he mentioned that quite rich in terms of biodiversity. Bhatti offering project in the country garden of 3 thousand 600 square meters, "Smart Children: Green Cities" (Smart Kids: Green Cities) said they would set up a themed garden. Bhatti, "Our goal in the pavilion will establish life in Nepal, flowers, art, architecture, and to provide information about our natural resources," he said. Bhatti, all of the buildings will consist of manual labor also gave the information that started production of parts on the hand carving.

Recently living in a big earthquake in Nepal conducting wishes to get past the EXPO 2016 Antalya Agency Deputy Secretary General Levent Murat consultant closely involved with the details of the Nepalese garden. Advisor while visiting various gifts to commemorate the Nepalese delegation, the delegation of Nepal gift hat symbolizing a local consultant Everest.

Source Expo 2016 Antalya

Remember the latest participation of Nepal at Expo 2012 Venlo (Netherlands)  :

Japan will be at Expo 2016 Antalya !

Japan came for details in EXPO 2016 - 26th august 2015

Japan to decide participating in EXPO 2016 Antalya made investigation in exposition site in Aksu District in order to put the outdoor garden project its final shape. Committee of Japan investigated each detail rigorously for the garden to be perfect. 

 Source Expo 2016 Antalya

Japan already participate at the previous Expo 2012 Venlo (Netherlands) - Floriade.
The Japan area was inside the "Villa Flora" in the Green Engine Section.

Friday 25 September 2015

Sudan signs a contract of participation

Sudan who decided to participate to EXPO 2016 Antalya signed the Participation Contract. The Commissioner General of Section, Mamdouh Shanoda Mamlouk Mushrigi, explored the EXPO Area in Aksu. He was made a presentation by Project and Construction Works Directorate in the meeting under the presidency of Secretary General, Haşmet Suiçmez.

Mamdouh Shanoda Mamlouk Mushrigi,The Commissioner General of Section for Sudan, expressed that EXPO 2016 Antalya is significant organization and they feel so happy to take part in it. Mushrigi stated that Turkey and Antalya have an important position geographically and added “it’s a good opportunity to attract people to EXPO.

Source Expo 2016 Antalya

Tuesday 22 September 2015

EXPO 2016 Antalya... the accommodation ! #9

Mardan Luxury Resort

Go back on accommodation in Antalya. As already evoked, we had the opportunity to enjoy two different hotels during this stay of discovery of Expo 2016 Antalya and the region.

The first two nights, we were a bit far from the city, Belek (half an hour drive).

We discover the second hotel, closer to the center of Antalya and the Expo site, of course, also at the edge of the sea. This is the Mardan Luxury Resort, an impressive complex with omnipresent luxury. It's big, it's beautiful ... and it shines! I will not go into details, it's certain that the rooms are nice and spacious, and the quality of service there. Images worth more than words, here below some pictures of the Mardan Hotel.

This is not the only hotel of its kind, the coast abounds in. There's something for everyone, and of course, for every budget. What satisfy the accommodation needs of each pleasure-future visitors of Expo 2016 Antalya!

Wednesday 16 September 2015

Expo 2016 Antalya, and tourism in Turkey...

Visit the Expo 2016 Antalya next is of course something very good, but why not go and take the opportunity to enjoy the charms and strengths of the beautiful Turkey?
I'm therefore interested very closely to the possibilities of visits and stays, which could complete the tour of the Expo.

Yesterday evening was held at the Department of Culture and Information of the Turkish Embassy in Paris, a Press Conference / Cocktail to present the projects of the Turkish Tourist Office in France and novelties in Turkey.

Obviously, even if there has been a notable decline of French tourists in Turkey, it's a fact that it's always a destination really appreciated, in view of the many attractive points, whether at the landscape level and the sun, as the culture, always highly sought theme for french tourists!

And Expo 2016 Antalya ? Alas, even if the subject was mentioned, it was a little too fast "for my taste," but there were so many topics to see, and upcoming events.

Nevertheless, it will be very goof to provide handsets including holiday and / or tour with a visit to the Expo, would be able to give a higher visibility to this International Horticultural Exposition 2016 in Antalya, and promote a little more tourism in the region with this new goal of visits!
Only 220 days left until Expo 2016 Antalya, it would be good to increase a little more the communication, so that this exhibition will be a success.

I also noticed that many of those invited to the evening, even very closely involved with tourism in Turkey, had never heard of the Expo project in 2016!

Otherwise, the evening went very well, friendly with very interesting presentations by Ms. Serra Aytun Roncaglia, director of the Department of Culture and Information of the Embassy of Turkey (below).

Note that Turkish Airlines was well represented at the event, especially with the presence of Mr. Rafet SISMAN (Director Turkish Airlines France) and a draw has allowed one lucky guest to come away with two return tickets Istanbul.

And for those who pose the question, it's not me ... what a pity!

Alongside information on Expo 2016 Antalya that I will continue to diffuse in the weeks and months to come, I will have the opportunity to talk again about tourism in Turkey, to prepare our holidays next year, Turkey !

Embassy of Turkey in France - Department of Culture and Information :

Monday 14 September 2015

EXPO 2016 Antalya... Official visits ! #7 2nd day, afternoon

Next steps of discovery trip about Antalya and Expo 2016 Antalya project ... (June 2015).

A second full day ... you've had it a few days ago the summary of the morning, the afternoon was much more playful.

After leaving Sun Express offices, we go outside Antalya, almost already the campaign, in a major producer of cut flowers, the company Flash Flower (Flash Tarim).

This company was established in 1992. The small initial structure, specializing in the cultivation of carnations, was able, through its investments and many improvements in production over the years, greatly develop. Today, Flash Flower exports its flowers in over 20 countries.

We were received by the President of the company, Mr. Osman Bagdatlioglu, who is not really a stranger to us, since it is part of the Bid Committee for Expo 2016 Antalya. I had already had the opportunity to see him in Paris during the General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions.

Mr. Bagdatlioglu then explains how is organized cultivation of cut flowers in Antalya, with great detail and precision ... and above all ... a lot of numbers. But all this in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Following this meeting, it is time to move on, see first hand all that has been explained to us, and most importantly, visit some of the greenhouses of Flash Flower. We will not go around all the production sites, but it still gives us a good example of the practices of flowers, between roses and anthuriums... for the moment.

After these visits, we must join our second hotel ... Mardan Palace, where I would have the opportunity to talk soon ... in detail, with supporting photos, example of what are the best in the luxury hotel industry in Antalya... which is worth the trip !

September 14, 2015... Turkish Pavilion National day !

Today is the Turkish Pavilion National day !
Lets meet up!We will happy to see you here at Turkish pavilion !

Turkish pavilion Facebook page :

Saturday 12 September 2015

New Expo 2016 Antalya Website...

You want to learn more about Expo 2016 Antalya ?

Take a look to the new Website about the big international event of 2016 in Turkey !

Just one adress :
and enjoy the Expo 2016 Antalya... avalaible in 7 languages !!!

Friday 11 September 2015

Floriade 2015 - Canberra

Floriade – Australia’s biggest celebration of spring – returns to Canberra for the 28th year from Saturday 12 September until Sunday 11 October 2015

Floriade returns to Commonwealth Park in Canberra with yet another colourful program of events inspired by the 2015 theme of Reflection.

As always, visitors to Australia’s biggest celebration of spring can pick up gardening tips from experts in the field, listen to inspiring musical performances, enjoy culinary demonstrations by world-renowned chefs and keep the kids entertained with an exciting line up of entertainment.

Floriade’s 30 days of activity will also be programmed into four themed weeks – Stories, Pride, Connections and Harmony – to ensure there is something new and exciting to see each week.

Thursday 10 September 2015

EXPO 2016 Antalya... Official visits ! #7 2nd day, morning

Next steps of discovery trip about Antalya and Expo 2016 Antalya project ... (June 2015).

A second day dedicated to the various official visits, to better understand the expectations of the main initiators and partners of the International Horticultural Exposition to be held from April 23 to October 30, 2016 in Antalya.

The day begins with the Governor of the Region of Antalya, in the presence of Deputy Governor Recep Yüksel, Mr. Alaattin Özyürek of BAKA (Development Agency of Western Mediterranean) and the Honorary Consul of France in Antalya, Ahmet Erol. It's clear that the main concerns are the development of the region, particularly in terms of tourism, which nevertheless already seems to know quite a large boom.

Indeed, the Antalya region still receives about 12 million tourists per year, stronger with a high potential, yet wants to see that number grow. It is true that this large coastal region of southern Turkey has what seduced and convince tourists from all backgrounds. Already, the main advantages are the climate and the beautiful scenery. Culturally, the region is full of varied interests, various historical and ancient sites. As one can imagine, the hotel's offer is particularly important, with hundreds of luxury hotels spread along the coast.
So what are these particular expectations in terms of tourism? They pointed out to us that in recent years the French tourists are scarce ... so that Russian and German clients have developed tremendously! They advance the causes geopolitical ... it is true that some tour operators also no longer put forward travel to Turkey as there a few years ago, but it certainly is not the main cause.

One notes that these magnificent luxury hotels, five stars or more in local standards - of "Luxury Resorts" - certainly correspond to a Russian or German customers, simply to be convinced to see that they represent the majority of customers of these hotels. They look a certain idea very bling-bling luxury, in sumptuous hotels, huge, all-inclusive, with "everything at hand" and do not appear to express the need to get out of this cocoon the time of their stay. It is a proven fact that it's not what seeks the majority of potential French tourists ... for equal budget, they will certainly prefer a little less luxury, and be able to explore the country, cities and points interest, culture, history ... and go to the contact with people.
One can say that this hotel potential, that they seem so proud, does not really correspond to a French customers.

But don't worry, there's still hotels a little more traditional and close to the local life, with quality services, to enjoy every day of what this beautiful region has to offer.

Moreover, and this is the goal, it's easy to consider spending our next holidays, while combining a pleasant way, a circuit of a few days in Turkey, and to finish in Antalya, for a few days visit to Expo 2016, and some others to enjoy the area, the sun, the sea, and the cultural wealth and taste ... what to spend a pleasant stay.
M. Recep Yüksel et M. Laurent Antoine LeMog

Then we go to the City Hall of Antalya. We receive as always a very friendly welcome. It still presents the potential of Antalya, and the desire to further develop tourism and to bring back the French tourists. Itss true that the Expo 2016 Antalya can also be leveraged, but still they need to communicate more about this event.
Although the Antalya Expo 2016 is relatively well known in Turkey, this communication hardly beyond the borders of the country.

Fortunately, the fact that at the moment takes place Expo 2015 Milano widens slightly this communication to Italy and part of Europe, with the Turkey pavilion, which has to this Expo Milan, a kiosk dedicated to information about Expo 2016 Antalya ... but one thing is certain, it's not enough.

One must therefore integrate this International Exhibition in Antalya, circuitry and / or combined visits, relayed by the main actors of tourism in France, in Europe, and in the whole world, and above all, that what is corresponds to the proposed target. Also, the organization of Expo 2016 Antalya should approach a little more all the Floral and Horticultural Associations, and such events, out of Turkey, which could relay this information to their members and networks.

These few points made seem to be confirmed by Ms. Seval Yasak, Head of the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Mayor of Antalya. There is still much work to do, but the stakes are high.

We'll know a little more in a few days. I hope to convey here the offers trips and tours including the visit of the Expo ... and above all, it's not only commercial offers, but really a convenient and adapted to visit the Expo and visit the Antalya region ... as well as all Turkey.

The next visit is in the heart of Antalya, in the local Press Club ... Antalya Gazetelicer Cemiyeti. We're cordially received by the passionate Editor in Chief, Mr Mevlüt Yeni, which makes us honors of the house ... with a visit to a small museum of the Turkish press, very interesting, with many photos "historical" rather original, old materials, etc.

Then we are received to discuss the work of the press in Antalya and Turkey, by way of preface, before going further and in detail in the subject : the International Horticultural Expo in Antalya next year. Before leaving the Press Club, Mr. Mevlüt Yeni assures me yet again its unwavering support for the Expo 2016 Antalya, but here, we don't doubt for a second!

M. Mevlüt Yeni, at left.

It's time to get to our last appointment of the morning, which is simply an airline of Turkey, Sun Express, which offers many charter or regular flights between Western Europe and the main resorts of Turkey. We were received by the Head of Marketing, Mr. Emre Bahtoglu, which reviews with us, the main qualities of this airline, modern, well equipped, offering very competitive rates, helping to make it more accessible to tourism toward Turkey.

One thing is certain, it's that different people met during this morning have one desire, the awareness and appreciation of this region of Antalya. What they want above all is to give the best image of their region, Turkey in general, and show all the positive energy they implement to promote this future event in 2016.
There is also great pride to introduce ourselves all this potential, just waiting to be exploited even more, and appreciated. So we have only one desire, return to Antalya, visit the Expo 2016 and the area.

To be continued... visits of the afternoon! where we can finally see flowers... let's not forget why we came, and the theme of the next Expo 2016 Antalya!

Wednesday 9 September 2015

Expo 2016 Antalya Mascots...

The Expo 2016 Antalya mascots are Ece & Efe, two Turkish children. Their names are popular in the Antalya region and easy to pronounce in foreign languages. 

Ece & Efe wear costumes inspired by the traditional yörük / nomad clothing seen in the Antalya region. Both of their costumes contain our symbol flower, the peony, and colours and forms that reflect the environmentally friendly focus of the 2016 Expo.

Expo 2016 Antalya mascots, Ece & Efe are :

•    Knowledgeable about the history, culture and nature of Antalya region.
•    Good friends with flowers and nature. They know how to care for them and increase their vitality.
•    Representatives of the hospitality of Turkish people. They are engaging and gracious hosts who regard every visitor as important and treat them all as special guests.

The girl... Ece !

The boy... Efe !

Monday 7 September 2015

Isparta ... the other Capital of Roses

Isparta is honored in the French newspaper Nice Matin, in its page of the city of Grasse, the famous city of the french riviera, considered the world's capital of perfume.

And article from the french journalist J.-M. Poupart (august 2015).

Isparta in Turkey: the other capital of the rose.
Each year, the capital of Damascus rose extract from its land 7,000 tons of fragrant treasure for the greatest creators in the world of fragrances and ten companies of Grasse in France...

Of course, a part of his article is also dedicated to Expo 2016 Antalya !

Soon, more information about roses production in Isparta ! Stay connected !