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World Floral Expo moves to Chicago in 2018

Management of the World Floral Expo — which held this year’s edition in Pavilion 2 of the World Market Center in Las Vegas — have decided to host the 2018 World Floral Expo in Chicago, according to a news release.

The international floral trade event will return to the Rosemont Convention Center March 20-22, the same venue where it was located in 2014.

Although it was decided earlier to remain another year in Las Vegas, a survey concluded it was better to keep on exploring different locations and choose other U.S. cities, in order to enable a maximum number of U.S. flower buyers to attend the shows.

This year’s trade show was well attended, especially on the first two days, and both exhibitors and visitors were very satisfied with the results.

“Every trade show needs at least one good day and we had two good days,” said a spokesman for the trade show.

“There was great buzz going around with lots of buyers walking the show, from the moment it opened until almost the end of the day.”

And one of the surprises this year was the high number of exhibiting flower growers. More than 90 percent of the exhibitors were flower growers from the main flower producing countries — the United States, Ecuador, Colombia, Kenya and Ethiopia.

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