Malaysia hosts International Garden and River Festival

Malaysia will continue to gain global recognition as the host successful international events, this time it has won a franchise to manage International Garden and River Festival (IGARF).

IGARF, the world of horticulture and flower, known throughout Europe as the “Garden Festival” or the “International Garden Austellung” was brought here for the first time for six months from December 3, 2005 in May 28, 2006.

Tourism Minister Datuk Dr Leo Michael Toyad Thursday, Malaysia is the third country in Asia which has been chosen to host a multi-hundred-million ringgit, after China and Japan, since it was founded in 1951 in Hanover, Germany .

The size of 50 hectares of water-front land in Kampung Aceh in Lumut, Perak was chosen as the location of the event.

“We are targeting 6,000,000 visitors 20-30 percent is foreign to the entire six-month celebration,” he told a media briefing at the event, here Thursday.

He said Malaysia is proud to host the festival and do our best to make a very successful event.

Dr Toyad said the two other events – the World Horticultural Expo and the Silver World Water conference will be held back-to-back during the festival.

He said besides providing a springboard for local and foreign industry to explore the potential for new business, the event is regarded as one of the biggest tourist crowd puller.

Dr. Toyad expect the private sector, including tour agencies and hotels will make early preparations and arrangements in view of the tourists come in and overseas participants.

Perak Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Tajol Rosli Ghazali said the hosting of the event in Lumut, Perak not only put on the map world, but also strengthen the intention to transform the country into an international tourist destination Lumut.

Silver said the government, will provide facilities with the installation on both public transport and traffic systems and other ammenities at the site of the event while plans are also being made to change the Pangkor Island as a center for quarters of the participants, delegates, officials as well as tourists.

Local organizers, the River Festivals Malaysia Sdn Bhd has expressed a strong desire and commitment to make the event one of the most prestigious and spectacular event.

Chief executive Encik Ghazi Hasbollah said Malaysia as a manufacturer of horticulture and a member of the International Association of Horticultural Producers (IAPH) will feature extensive resources for the chance of nature, adventure and eco-tourism during the event.

He said the central attraction of the event horticultural exhibition of indoor and outdoor garden flowers from 44 countries worldwide.

“Exhibit shows the technique to produce flowers, fruits, vegetables, designed to educate andinform an interesting and enjoyable,” he said.

This site, Ghazi said would be made with a giant park in 2000 large trees, 40,000 shrubs and millions of colorful flowers.

Another draw-card pavilion IGARF creative floral arrangements of some of the world’s best award winning decorator.