Almere to press ahead with Floriade garden show, despite huge budget overrun
Almere city council has voted to press ahead with organising the Floriade flower and garden show in 2022, despite the need for additional investment of €16.3m.
Councillors voted 31 for and 14 against to continue with the project, which outside experts had said would help put Almere on the map as a ‘green and healthy city’.
The original budget for hosting the exhibition, which is held every 10 years, was put at €10m, but that has now risen to €60m. Officials hope to raise the extra funds by selling parts of the exhibition site to developers, who will build a green residential area after the Floriade is over.
The last Floriade in Venlo, Limburg in 2012 was also a financial flop and failed to boost tourist numbers.
Local entrepreneurs had expected a surge in visitors but the number of tourists to the region only reached 2.5 million, 100,000 down on the previous year. Local councils were left with a €9m bill for running the show.
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