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More millions to the Floriade, but has that saved the exhibition?

More often too expensive

The Floriade Expo is a world horticultural exhibition that is organized once every ten years in the Netherlands. In 2012, the Almere city council voted unanimously to organize the exhibition. At the time, it was estimated that the edition would cost about 77 million euros, of which 10 million had to be coughed up by the municipality.

Over time, it became clear that the corona pandemic would pose an obstacle in that budget. At the end of last year, the municipality of Almere already warned that the Floriade was having trouble attracting sponsors. Participants and suppliers would also be reluctant to invest and would be concerned about the high costs, due to a shortage on the labor market and higher material costs.

The Floriade in Almere is not the first edition that turns out to be more expensive than budgeted in advance. The three last editions each resulted in a loss of millions for the organizing municipalities – Venlo, Haarlemmermeer and Zoetermeer.

More millions to the Floriade, but has that saved the exhibition?
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