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CanWest Show switching venues for 2015


April 30, 2014
By Mike Jiggens

The CanWest Hort Show is relocating to the Tradex Exhibition Centre in Abbotsford, B.C. for the 2015 event, Oct. 7 & 8. 

CanWest Show chairman Craig Stewart, Finning (Canada) said, “This move provides us with the opportunity to grow the show to include an outdoor equipment demonstration component.”

He added , “The large outdoor field space adjacent to the indoor facility provides the perfect venue. And bringing this outdoor component to coincide with the trade show will bring added energy to the event.”  
 
The move from the Vancouver Convention Centre (VCC) to Tradex will attract more attendees from throughout the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, Upper Fraser Valley and BC’s Interior. It is centrally located in the heart of B.C.’s horticulture area; it 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.    

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B.C. Landscape & Nursery Association (BCLNA) chairman Tim Loewen, Pine Meadows Tree Farm, said he is thrilled with 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.”

He added, “This move provides us with an opportunity to grow and change, to revamp and reenergize, while providing the financial stability we need to confidently produce a show that will benefit our members and BC’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. Logistics manager for the show, Bill Hardy, said, “The move-in and out will be a breeze with four major entry points into the building.”  

Established 33 years ago, CanWest is Western Canada’s largest horticulture trade show 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.


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