April 11, 2014, Vancouver — The CanWest Hort Show is moving to the Tradex Exhibition Centre in Abbotsford. This move will take place for the 2015 show scheduled for Sept. 9-10.
This year’s show will again be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre (VCC). Show dates are Oct. 1-2.
The move to Tradex will attract more attendees from throughout the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, Upper Fraser Valley and B.C.’s interior. It is centrally located in the heart of the province’s horticulture area, is easy to access and has ample parking.
The proximity of the Abbotsford International Airport to Tradex will also attract more attendees from Alberta and northern B.C.
B.C. Landscape & Nursery Association (BCLNA) chair Tim Loewen, Pine Meadows Tree Farm, welcomes the move.
“We’ve had our challenges over the past few years as the cost of hosting a show at the VCC continues to rise.”
'AN OPPORTUNITY TO GROW AND CHANGE'
The change in venue “provides us with an opportunity to grow and change, to revamp and re-energize, while providing the financial stability we need to confidently produce a show that will benefit our members and B.C.’s horticulture industry.”
Exhibitors will enjoy a number of savings from expenses that were deemed extremely high in Vancouver including parking and hospitality costs.
Local exhibitors will also have the benefit of an easier commute to the show – and will not have to battle Vancouver’s rush hour.
“The move-in and out will be a breeze with four major entry points into the building,” said Bill Hardy, the show’s logistics manager.
Established 33 years ago, CanWest is Western Canada’s largest horticulture tradeshow bringing together buyers and sellers in B.C.’s green industry. The show is owned and managed by the B.C. Landscape & Nursery Association.
The show boasts approximately 150 companies occupying 300-plus booths and welcomes 1,800 attendees from throughout B.C. and the Pacific Northwest.
CanWest Hort Show changing venues in 2015
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