Taipei, Sept. 12 (CNA) Taichung Mayor Jason Hu announced Wednesday that the central Taiwan city has won its bid to host a major international floral fair in 2018.
Taichung was granted the right to host the garden festival at a meeting of the International Association of Horticultural Producers in the Netherlands Tuesday, where Taichung Deputy Mayor Shyu Jong-shyong made a final push for the city's bid to members of the association, Hu said.
According to the local United Daily News, Hu described the floral festival as being on par with the 2010 International Flora Exposition that took place in Taipei.
Hu said the city government will take references from the Taipei expo, which recorded 8 million visitors, and will aim for an even higher attendance of 10 million.
However, what will set the Taichung fair apart from the Taipei festival is that it will take place in a less urban area -- a 81-hectare site in the city's Houli District, Hu said.
Hu also said he expects the fair to create huge economic benefits for the city, likely creating NT$40-50 billion (US$1.35 billion-US$1.68 billion) in revenues.
The festival will also boost land development in Houli and hopefully will also help it become a new flower wholesale center in the Asia-Pacific region, he added.
Hu estimated that the fair will require a total budget of NT$11.5 billion, most of which will come from the central and city governments, with the rest funded by ticket sales and private sponsorship.
The festival is scheduled to take place Nov. 1, 2018-April 30, in 2019, city government officials said.
(By Hao Hsueh-chin and Scully Hsiao)