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Exotic orchids on show

Venue : Hall 8 of the Impact Exhibition Centre, Muang Thong Thani
Date :
24 - 26 July 2009

Thailandís status as a major source of orchids allows Bangkok to host an international show.

The Thailand International Orchid Innovative Show is billed as the first major, or full-fledged show, organised in the capital Bangkok offering growers and buyers an opportunity to network and exchange information. Scheduled 24 to 26 July at Hall 8 of the Impact Exhibition Centre, Muang Thong Thani, in the northern suburbs of Bangkok, the show will underscore Thailandís role as a leader in orchid cultivation and export.

Organisers say the event will present the innovation of Thai and foreign orchids. It will also introduce new species and consider the next decadeís research on orchid plantings, flower decorations and the challenges for growers during hosted seminars.

The eventís organiser, Department of Agricultural Extension, expects more than 500 representatives of orchid growing enterprises to attend the show, which will feature both sales and educational components.

It also involves the Royal Horticultural Society of Thailand, orchid associations, private sector farms and foreign exhibitors, who will showcase orchid related innovations through the show and seminars.

Although there have been shows before, such as the International Orchids 2007 held in Bangkok, this is the first time that all stakeholders in the orchid growing business have shared the same platform.

Orchid growing in Thailand has its origins in hobby farms dating back to 1913, when individuals cultivated rare orchids as a pastime, but it was not until 1957 that the Orchids Society of Thailand was formed.

Since then orchid farms and exports have flourished mainly in central Thailand. Bangkok and its suburbs emerge as the main location for farms that concentrate on exports.

Overall, Thailand has 1,000 species of orchids and cultivation covers more than 2300 hectares, with the bulk of the land dedicated to growing is still in Bangkok and neighbouring provinces such as Nonthaburi, Ratchaburi, Kanchanaburi, Ayutthaya, Pathum Thani and Chonburi. About 54% of all orchids are exported.

The most common species, the Violet Orchid, is associated with a welcome gesture from the countryís national airline, Thai Airways International, which gives this particular orchid to thousands of passengers, daily, as flights prepare to land in Bangkok.

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