BIE Secretary General visits Expo 2016 Antalya The BIE Secretary General, Mr. Vicente G. Loscertales, visited Expo 2016 Antalya to evaluate the state of preparation of the Expo. He met with the Secretary General of Expo 2016 Antalya Agency, Mr. Hasmet Suiçmez, and his team. During the working meeting, the organisers presented comprehensive information on construction, planting, content, participation, events, promotion, and marketing. The meeting was followed by a visit of the Expo site. The BIE Secretary General commented positively on the attractiveness of the site and on the organisers' plans for the cultural programme. He stressed the importance of the coordination work with the participants to ensure high quality contents and beautiful gardens. A notable feature of Expo Antalya is the conservation of the gardens post-Expo and the use of the site as a permanent park. The Secretary General had the opportunity to meet the Governor of Antalya, Mr. Muammer Türker, and the Mayor of Antalya, Mr. Menderes Turel, and in their discussions, expressed his satisfaction with the progress made in the Expo preparation. Expo Antalya opens next year on the 23rd April and will be the first international horticultural exhibition recognised by the BIE to be held in Turkey.