Since the official presentation to the mayor of Istanbul last year, The Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands continued the tradition of tulip diplomacy which was once initiated by the Ottoman Sultans. On April 27, the Dutch National Day, over 1.000 Istanbul tulips were handed out by Consul General Bart van Bolhuis and his staff to partners and relations. At that same time a brochure with the research we conducted last year was published. Dutch Florist Romeo Sommers paid tribute to this very old tulip variety in the TV programme Koffietijd. Pictures of the tulip bouquets circulated all over social media. (Photo credits: Rijksmuseum, Koffietijd, Ingrid Woudwijk and Paleis Het Loo)
On March 27, the Dafeng Holland Flower Park the Tulip Festival in Dafeng Holland Flower was officially opened. With new floral acts, parades and installations it offers the visitors an immersive experience into the world of flowers. A dazzling 299.000 visitors enjoyed the tulips from April 3-5 during the Chinese Tomb Sweeping festival, and more are expected to visit throughout April.
Many of the scheduled tulip festivals around the world had to scale back or close also this spring due to COVID-19 restrictions, but fortunately there are still some places open for people to enjoy them!
IGMPR has been supporting Dafeng Holland Flowers since 2015, when it first opened to the public ,and the park has developed itself into one of the major tourist attractions in East-China and is the largest flower park in China.
On 16 March 2021, our founder Mr. Ibo Gülsen will be presenting during the AIPH Expo Conference. Creating compelling storylines and themes are a necessity to activate and attract visitors to any leisure destination including Expos. Based on his experience in the international flower and garden tourism industry, Mr Gülsen will highlight how (Flower) Culture can enhance the visitor experience of horticultural expo’s and attract hundreds of thousands of visitors and more.
Update: our presentation can be viewed here.