OVER 150 FLOWER GROWERS PARTICIPATING AT IFTEX 2017
Nairobi, Friday April 28, 2017. IFTEX is counting down for its 6th edition already, since its initial start back in 2012. The list of exhibiting flower growers has again grown and the total number of exhibitors is almost touching the 200. With still one month to go, it is expected that 225 exhibiting companies will in the end participate in the most important floral trade exhibition of Africa and one of the 5 most important cut flower trade fairs in the world. From Wednesday June 7 to Friday June 9, buyers will be in Nairobi for the trade fair to source their flower needs for 2017 and 2018.
On Wednesday June 7 the trade fair will open its doors at 11:00 hrs., after the traditional welcome ceremony has been completed. The great majority of the Kenyan flower growers (an estimated 95% of all existing growers) will be exhibiting, but also Ethiopia and Uganda are this year present through country pavilions with flower growers collectively presenting themselves and their fresh products in this joint presentation.
Furthermore, various meetings and social gatherings are being organized by different umbrella organizations, such as the Kenya Flower Council KFC, the International Rose Breeders Organization IRBA and several other organizations and associations. Also commercial companies have scheduled events for their international visiting customers, making IFTEX in that week the center point of the Kenyan Flower Industry around which many commercial and social events are planned.
As already mentioned in earlier issued news bulletins, the organizers are focusing with special dedication on attracting Chinese and US flower buyers to attend this year’s show. Since China and the USA are on the main list of newcomers in regards to countries importing fresh flowers, respectively importing flowers from Africa, it has become key to make sure that these flowers will be Kenya Grown. Also with the recent changes in the world floral distribution channels, it is becoming more and more evident that flowers are finding new ways to their final destination. For this reason it is crucial that Kenyan flowers will be part of these new routings.
DIRECT FLIGHTS FROM KENYA TO THE USA!
Kenyan airlines have been granted security clearance by U.S. authorities for direct flights to the United States, Kenya’s minister of transport said on Thursday, having improved infrastructure at Nairobi’s main airport.
Kenya now has Category 1 security and safety status and hopes that will allow it to boost trade with the U.S. and increase its share of American tourists, James Macharia said.
“Kenya Airways will immediately apply for approval to codeshare with U.S. airlines while concurrently pursuing approval for direct flights,” he told a news conference.
The government has a stake in flag carrier Kenya Airways and has recently finished building a new terminal and plans to spend more on Jomo Kenyatta International airport..
Source Reuters/ Floribusiness.
Beware of Possible Hotel Fraud
There are 'unofficial' companies aggressively pursuing attendees/exhibitors to book discounted hotel rooms through their company. Unfortunately, some past attendees/exhibitors have fallen prey to these companies and have either:
- Been relocated with little or no warning
- Lost their significant deposits
- Not had the guest rooms they thought they had booked
- Not had the hotel they thought they had booked
This has caused great hardship to these companies and individuals. Reservations made through an agency will be at your own risk. We advise you to book directly with hotels and not through a third party.
Such companies should be avoided, as there are no agencies affiliated to HPP Exhibitions, other than those mentioned on our website!
IFTEX KENYA REAFFIRMS ITS LEADING POSITION!
Nairobi June 17, 2106. The fifth edition of IFTEX that was held last week in Nairobi Kenya, concluded as one of the best editions in its five years existence. More than 200 exhibiting companies, over 3.500 trade visitors from over 50 countries on a total floor space of 10.000 m2’s, reaffirmed the great importance of this yearly held international flower trade exhibition. Exhibitors were more than satisfied with the results of their participation and immediately secured their stand spaces for next year, many asking for more space and/or better stand positions.
Several prices were awarded to exhibiting companies for the Best Stand Decoration Competition. Bronze was awarded to the Kenyan grower Redlands, Silver was there for Black Tulip, Gold for Subati and Platinum for Omang, all-in the category Perishables. In the category Non Perishables, Bronze went to the Kenyan company Greenlife, Silver to the Dutch based company Broekhof, Gold was there for the Israeli company Amiran and Platinum for Agrichem.
The 20th year anniversary of KFC (the Kenya Flower Council) was one of the highlights of this year’s show, and during a great dinner party held on Tuesday evening just before the opening of the fair, KFC presented its new association logo. The official exhibition party, also on the occasion of the 5th year’s anniversary of IFTEX, took place at Zen Garden on the second day of the fair, where participants had a wonderful evening in a beautiful garden setting with excellent food & drinks.
IFTEX 2017 dates are set for June 7-9, Oshwal Center, Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya.