EXPO 2016 Antalya


·         The process started with the application to AIPH (The International Association of Horticultural Producers) in 2008.

·         The provision of organizing A1 Botanic EXPO in Turkey was approved in AIPH Congress held in 2010 in SUNCHEON city of South Korea.

·         On April 7, 2011, the determination letter of the then-Prime Minister of the Turkish Republic, Dear R. Tayyip ERDOĞAN in which all kinds of support to Expo 2016 Antalya was promised, and the project file were sent to the attention of BIE Secretary General.

·         On November 22-23, 2011, the organization of A1  Botanic EXPO in 2016 in Antalya was officially ratified with the alliance of BIE member states in the 150th General Assembly of BIE.

·         EXPO 2016 Antalya Agency was founded based on the Law no. 6358 dated November 10, 2012.

THEME Flower and Child

MOTTO A Green World for the Future Generations


·         One-third of approximately 12,000 endemic plant species exist in Turkey.

·         500 of almost 750 endemic species in Taurus Mountains spread to Antalya. 200 of them are unique to Antalya.

·         Accordingly, PEONY / Paeonia turcica was chosen as the symbolic flower of EXPO 2016 Antalya considering the condition of being an endemic plant.


MASCOTS (Ece & Efe)

Names of the mascots were determined to be “Ece” and “Efe”, since they do not pose any problem in writing and pronunciation in foreign languages due to their lengths and ways of reading and writing.

Characteristics of the Mascots

Our mascots in the form of human as a boy and a girl;

Reflect the history and culture of the area with their yuruk clothes.

Female and male characters have our symbolic flowers on hair and on chest, respectively.

They know the history, culture, nature and vegetation of Antalya very well.

They are very good friends with the flowers. They are aware of the needs of the flowers and give the life energy to them.

They are good cordial hosts who are closely interested in the visitors.


Horticultural EXPO

The most important characteristics distinguishing Horticultural EXPO from the other EXPOs is its implementation upon the joint approval of The International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIHP) and BIE. In other words, instead of one, there are two separate organizations in the process. In practice, the host country and city are granted the right to organize the event in General Assembly of BIE if AIPH Council adopts the project.

In one sense, it is one of the World Horticultural EXPOs with its international scope, duration (3-6 months), size (50 ha at least), millions of visitors and innovative, educational and entertaining aspects.

Horticultural EXPO was designed to revivify the horticultural and landscape areas and to encourage the innovations in both areas. Today, horticultural EXPO has important roles such as improving the urban life, sharing the experiences and thus, ensuring the regional development through horticulture as well.

The fields of horticultural EXPO have an impact on increasing the life quality through its contribution to urban greening, the gardens, parks and cultural sites built and its entertaining activities. 

Horticultural Exhibitions from Past to Today

1960 Rotterdam – The Netherlands

1963 Hamburg  – Germany

1964 Wien – Austria

1969 Paris – France

1972 Amsterdam – The Netherlands

1973 Hamburg  – Germany

1974 Wien – Austria

1980 Montreal – Canada

1982 Amsterdam – The Netherlands

1983 Munich  – Germany

1984 Liverpool – United Kingdom

1990 Osaka – Japan

1992 The Hague – The Netherlands

1993 Stuttgart – Germany

1999 Kunmıng – China

2002 Haarlemmermeer – The Netherlands

2003 Rostock – Germany

2006-07 Chiang Maı – Thailand

2012 Venlo – The Netherlands

2016 Antalya-Turkey

2019 Beijing - PRC

2022 Almere-The Netherlands

«Green» Branding

Horticultural EXPO enables green branding in the host city. Thus,

·         International awareness increases,

·         Image is enhanced,

·         Tourism industry is supported,

·         Life quality of the urban population increases,

·         Infrastructure and accessibility are improved,

·         Temporary and permanent employment rise.

Even after EXPO event, EXPO areas continue to give service to the city and public, they are visited and acquire the qualification of being an international center in disciplines such as environment, botanic and organic agriculture. Besides, they add a permanent value to the city and country with respect to cultural tourism.