13 Jul '11, 10am

Orchid Olympics expected to draw thousands to Singapore

Orchid Olympics expected to draw thousands to Singapore

SINGAPORE: The 20th World Orchid Conference in Singapore this November is expected to attract some 300,000 visitors. It will be the second time Singapore is playing host to the international event, also known as the "Orchid Olympics". It will be held at the Marine Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre from 13-20 November. New hybrid orchid Renanthera will be on show at the conference. It was chosen for its hardiness and free-flowering nature. The conference is set to be Singapore's largest-ever orchid show, with about 50,000 orchids from more than 20 countries competing for the attention of an international panel of judges. Organisers - National Parks Board and Orchid Society of Southeast Asia - say the show will be a boost for the orchid industry in Singapore as well as the region. Dr Tan Wee Kiat, chairman of the conference organising committee, said: "Being the host, we ...

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