Taiwan International Orchid Show gets underway in Tainan
Mar 04, 2019GeneralComments Off on Taiwan International Orchid Show gets underway in Tainan
Taiwan International Orchid Show kicked off March 1 in the southern city of Tainan, showcasing the country's complete supply chain and worldleading cultivation resources.
During the opening ceremony at Taiwan Orchid Plantation in Houbi District, President Tsai Ingwen said orchids are a tremendous source of pride for the country and one of its most competitive sectors. The government will continue promoting Tainan as the global center for orchid species development and seedling supply, she added.
Coorganized by Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and Tainan City Government, the annual show is expected to attract more than 3,000 buyers and visitors from 40plus countries and chalk up a record 300,000 visits.
According to TAITRA, some of the heavyweight buyers are Black Tulip Flowers LLC from the United Arab Emirates, DVPDeco and debutant Glomitz, from Hungary, and Terra viva Agrifloricultura from Brazil.
Event highlights include a competition involving around 1,200 entrants, an exhibition featuring more than 200,000 orchids drawn from 800 varieties, and a business forum and symposium. At a TAITRAorganized matchmaking session Feb. 27 in Tainan, US$5.14 million in deals were sealed between 14 buyers from nine countries and 30 local orchid suppliers over the course of 236 oneonone meetings.
Established in 2005, the event ranks alongside the AsiaPacific Orchid Conference and the World Orchid Conference as the largest of its kind in the world. Taichung City in central Taiwan is set to host the next WOC in March 2020.
Statistics from the Cabinetlevel Council of Agriculture reveal that Taiwan's orchid exports hit US$192 million in 2018, up 8 percent year on year and accounting for nearly 92 percent of all flower shipments.