Taipei, March 10 (CNA) Taipei City will hold the 2009 International Flower Exhibition and other horticultural related activities to prepare for the upcoming 2010 Taipei International Gardening and Horticulture Exposition, a city government official said Tuesday.
Chen Hsiung-wen, the head of the city's Department of Economic Development, said that the exhibition, to be held at Taipei Arena March 10-14, is one of the many events the city government has planned for the 2010 Expo.
According to Chen, the 2010 Expo, which is scheduled to run from Nov. 6, 2010 to April 25, 2011, is one of the International Association of Horticultural Producers' (AIPH) worldwide events bringing international players in the industry together.
"The 2010 Expo is a good chance for Taiwan to show to the world its outstanding gardening and biotech achievements," Chen said.
The 2010 Expo will be the first internationally recognized exposition to take place in the city, and the seventh of its kind to take place in Asia, Chen stressed.
"To ensure its success, we are hard at work upgrading our infrastructure and improving our services, transforming Taipei into a city of gardens," he added.
Taipei City will work with more than 300 local communities to transform the walls and roofs of cement buildings into vertical and rooftop gardens.
It is also currently working to transform the premises of metro stations, various schools, shopping areas, markets, and office buildings into city gardens, Chen said.
Meanwhile, Chen confirmed that the venues for the 2010 Expo include Yuanshan Park, Taipei Artistic Park, Xinsheng Park and Dajia Riverside Park.
According to the city government, the Expo will include 14 exhibition halls, each with its own unique style, spanning an area of 91.8 hectares, all dedicated to showcasing notable achievements in horticulture, science, and environmental protection technology.
"We fully expect this event to promote the growth of floriculture in our country and drive economic and urban development around Taipei, as well as enhance the image of our city in the international community," Chen said.
At the moment, a total of 41 organizations from 34 countries have expressed interest in taking part in the event, of which 25 groups from 18 nations have already filed applications.
The city government estimates that 6 million tourists will visit the 2010 Taipei International Gardening and Horticulture Exposition, which will boost tourism, gardening and biotech revenues in Taiwan and neighboring countries.
(By Luis Yu)