Tuesday, 30 June 2015

EXPO 2016 Antalya... following of the visits, the Agency ! #5

Now the following of visits in Antalya... always the first day, having discovered the construction site of the Expo, we're go to Aspendos avenue, where is the Expo 2016 Antalya Agency.
We are now in the major place of this project, where everything is created and decided...
Like what will be the Expo itself, the building is very friendly, colorful and cheerful, thanks in particular to the two mascots of Expo 2016 Antalya, Efe & Ece.

Journalists and myself are greeted by Ms. Pina ACAR, Communications Director and head of Public Relations. In the program, visit of the local of course, and above all, presentation of the team that invests itself every day so that this Expo will be a true success next year. A meeting with a Turkish coffee or tea to evoke different actions of communication, already organized and upcoming events.

Above, Ms. Pinar ACAR presents one of the projects through art workshops for children. From their designs inspired by the project of Expo 2016 Antalya, Antalya's Akdeniz University designers have implemented in volume these young artists creations, with particularly interesting and aesthetic results... Bravo!

As we noticed within the Agency, communication around the Expo is very important, it is obviously the key to success, even if it's still estimated that is never enough for this kind of event. More the distance instead of the Expo is large, less communication is important, we deplore this fact, but it's understandable, even in the context of an event of international scope as this horticultural exhibition of 2016, a communication internationally is costly and requires a deployment of energy certainly too important compared to the result.
But one thing is sure, locally, the energy is there and Turkish citizens are mobilized around this project, which is rather well relayed in the different organs of press and media in Turkey.
Below, the journal of the day of our arrival, with what make dream the future visitors to Expo 2016 Antalya.

This first day of visit to Antalya will end with a quick visit old city of Antalya... so beautiful, with a few surprises, which will enable us, once again, that the Expo is already omnipresent in the city!

Some pictures coming very soon...

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

EXPO 2016 Antalya... Visiting Expo site, the work... #4

Following of the visit to the site of the future Expo 2016 Antalya... for the moment, we had only the presentation of the project, and I was finally very impatient to discover the places of work, and be able to assess the status of the work site.

As always in the realization of such a project, outside observers note the low status, without understanding the work already carried out. Of course, the site is not yet filled with dozens of pavilions, it well too early, since the participating nations must send their registration no later than 4 months before the opening of the Expo.

But men are at work, and very active on the 112 hectares of the future Expo. Do not expect to see out of Earth of high constructions, since most of the constructions will be rather low, thus preserving a very green horizon line, only the Expo Tower will be really in the air, as the true symbol of Expo 2016 Antalya.

To summarize, a tremendous amount of work has already been done at the level of the barrel, it's therefore necessary to continue the effort!

Here are some pictures taken at the site last week, although it must exercise a little imagination, the upcoming elements are already present, and form a site already very impressive... bravo Expo 2016 Antalya... and above all, good luck !

Above, the amphitheatre in construction, below the project.

The location of the future Expo Tower, behind the Convention Center in construction, also can be seen the internal gardens Pavilion :

Convention Center.
Indoor gardens pavilion.

Toward the Expo Lake :

The island of children under construction, it will be surmounted by a dome-globe-terrestrial :

The 3D project Children Island.
The pavilions zone, almost hundred places from 500 m² (flexible), ready to accommodate pavilion of the participants. :

The EXPO 2016 ANTALYA team and french journalists...

Some links :
Blog Expo 2016 Antalya : http://expo2016-antalya.blogspot.fr/
Site Officiel Expo 2016 Antalya : http://www.expo2016antalya.org.tr/en
Page Facebook Expo 2016 Antalya : https://www.facebook.com/expo2016

Friday, 19 June 2015

Discovery of EXPO 2016 Antalya... planting a tree #3

We continue our visit to the site of Expo 2016 Antalya... after receipt on the office, direction to the field of the Expo site, in the heart of works and constructions.

Even if for the moment, it's a little difficult to imagine the site completely finished, the work is progressing and the activity clearly visible. Anyway, apart the Expo Tower, there's will have not big buildings, but rather pavilions that will be integrated into the environment. And for those who have a fairly functional use, the roofs will be vegetated to optimize this "nature" aspect, minimizing the visual impact of human constructions for the benefit of the vegetation! Let us not forget that the purpose is an horticultural Expo, ecological and sustainable, because once the completed event, the site become an horticultural park, playful, as well for tourists staying in Antalya, for the people who will have a "green" Park of 112 hectares, where walking, entertained, and even learn about the flowers of course, but also on all vegetation in general , with always in mind this concept of sustainability, and heritage for future generations... thereby to keep in mind the theme of the Expo : children and flowers.

It's now time to devote ourself to a very nice custom reserved for visitors to the site of the Expo 2016 Antalya, I'm talking about planting a tree on the site! We, 7 french journalists, are invited to complete cover the roots of 'our' tree, sign with our "label", evidence of our passage and our contribution, and the copious watering final... and the photo pf the group. We have thus participated to the plantations, and we will go to visit 'our' tree next year, at the Expo!

Some Expo 2016 Antalya links :
Blog Expo 2016 Antalya : http://expo2016-antalya.blogspot.fr/
Site Officiel Expo 2016 Antalya : http://www.expo2016antalya.org.tr/en
Page Facebook Expo 2016 Antalya : https://www.facebook.com/expo2016

Thursday, 18 June 2015

At the discovery of EXPO 2016 Antalya... arrived on the Expo site #2

Continuation of this familiarization tour with Expo 2016 Antalya...

The day after our arrival, we directly dive into the heart of the matter, which is not displease me... since 7 french journalists, I'm the only Expo "addict" ! for the moment !!!

With great emotion, we arrive in minibuses on the Expo site. Obviously, to almost a year of the event, should not be expect to see half of the Expo already done!
This is somewhat specific to all EXPOs appearance... These are the last months really decisive and can really see the progress of the work.

But all the same, for one who has a little eye exercised, the work are under a very good way, and everything should be ready for April 23, 2016!

And of course, before visiting the site, we go in the Expo 2016 Antalya offices in order to have a few explanations about this magnificent project.

They show us a 3d movie about the project , and comments on different palces and pavilions of the Expo, very exciting... it gives already want to be there to visit the Expo 2016 Antalya!

Here are some images from the 3d movie, I will come back shortly in detail on all parts of the Expo...

A site as large as the universal exposition of 1900 in Paris... a true reference!

Congress Centre.

The restaurants... different architectures, typical of each region of the Turkey.

Bio-diversity park and the island of children.

Some useful links :
Blog Expo 2016 Antalya : http://expo2016-antalya.blogspot.fr/
Site Officiel Expo 2016 Antalya : http://www.expo2016antalya.org.tr/en
Page Facebook Expo 2016 Antalya : https://www.facebook.com/expo2016

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

First in Antalya... The Sun Trip 2015

Bernard Cauquil is the first participant at the checkpoint of Antalya... only 9 days, 8 hours and 30 minutes from Milan... a great performance with its solar bike, congratulations Bernard !

Bernard rewarded by Mr Muammer Türker, governor of Antalya city, and Mr Haşmet Suiçmez, Expo2016 Antalya Secretary General

Bernard, Raf and Sun Trip Team with Mr Muammer Türker, governor of Antalya city!

Bernard planted the first Sun Trip tree on the the future Expo site! 

At the Expo 2016 office on the Expo site.

Pics courtesy Sun Trip 2015 and Expo 2016 Antalya

More about The Sun Trip 2015 :


The Sun Trip Facebook Page :


About EXPO 2016 Antalya... #1

In 2016, Turkey will host the world in Antalya, on the occasion of an international horticultural Expo of large-scale: Expo2016Antalya.
It's the first EXPO of its kind to be held in Turkey, it's of course a great pride for the Turkish people, and more particularly those of Antalya, to host this event.

Last week, I was one of the few french journalists to be invited at Antalya for a trip of familiarization with the Expo 2016, but also with the city of Antalya and this beautiful part of the Turkish Riviera. Even if the main subject remains this horticultural Expo, the fact remains that for the visitor, especially coming from abroad, will take the opportunity to discover the different interests of the region, for cultural interest or any simply tourism.

Supervised and organised by BAKA (West Mediterranean Development Agency, Turkey), these four days in Antalya were rich in visits and discoveries, and have enabled us to meet the main players in this Expo, without forget many personalities, who were able to tell us what will be exactly this event, but also to explain their expectations, in terms of benefits to the city and the region particularly thanks to tourism.

In the coming days, I will circulate regularly on this blog informations based on these different visits and meetings which, hopefully, will give you the envy to visit EXPO 2016 ANTALYA next year.

Pic courtesy Erol İşbilir - Expo 2016 Antalya Team... and 7 french journalists.
Some links about Expo 2016 Antalya :
Blog Expo 2016 Antalya : http://expo2016-antalya.blogspot.fr/
Official Website Expo 2016 Antalya : http://www.expo2016antalya.org.tr/en
Page Facebook Expo 2016 Antalya : https://www.facebook.com/expo2016

Monday, 8 June 2015

Antalya in Bloom... in Video !

Çiçek Açan Şehirler Antalya in Bloom...

Türel : "Antalya will bloom"
At the launching of “Antalya in Bloom” project, Antalya Metropolitan Mayor Mr. Menderes Türel underlined that city will have a new center of attraction. Hence, he said “Antalya will bloom with this project.” Kaleiçi (Old Town), with its historic fabric will attract visitors with the scent of flowers.

Friday, 5 June 2015

Happy World Environment Day 2015 !

World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated every year on 5 June to raise global awareness to take positive environmental action to protect nature and the planet Earth. It is run by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

The Theme of 2015 is
"Seven Billion Dreams; One Planet; Consume with Care"

The well-being of humanity, the environment, and the functioning of the economy, ultimately depend upon the responsible management of the planet’s natural resources. Evidence is building that people are consuming far more natural resources than what the planet can sustainably provide.

Many of the Earth’s ecosystems are nearing critical tipping points of depletion or irreversible change, pushed by high population growth and economic development. By 2050, if current consumption and production patterns remain the same and with a rising population expected to reach 9.6 billion, we will need three planets to sustain our ways of living and consumption.

The WED theme this year is therefore "Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care." Living within planetary boundaries is the most promising strategy for ensuring a healthy future. Human prosperity need not cost the earth. Living sustainably is about doing more and better with less. It is about knowing that rising rates of natural resource use and the environmental impacts that occur are not a necessary by-product of economic growth.
See more at: http://www.unep.org/wed/theme/sustainable-consumpion.asp#sthash.Oao9fTgD.dpuf

World Environment Day official Video :