Nov 22, 2020
TPIE ’21 Forced to Cancel

On Nov. 20, the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA) announced it had reached a reluctant decision to cancel Tropical Plant International Expo — TPIE 2021.

The trade show and conference were scheduled to meet Jan. 20-22, 2021 in Tampa, Florida.

Although show organizers  were hoping the event could take place, it was no longer feasible to hold the annual industry trade show due to coronavirus numbers dramatically spiking.

Rather than offer the industry an event which is not to FNGLA’s high standards, the association decided to forgo this year’s show.

The next TPIE will be held in Tampa, Florida on Jan. 19-21, 2022.

“We knew a level of unease would get in the way of face-to-face business meetings and in-person networking,” says Linda Adams, TPIE show manager and FNGLA’s chief operating officer  “With so many enthusiastic TPIE exhibitors and attendees, cancellation is a big disappointment, yet FNGLA appreciates everyone’s understanding of this final decision.”

FNGLA will soon send out information to exhibitors and supporters on several meaningful ways to maintain the TPIE connection between buyers and exhibitors. Attendees who pre-registered for TPIE will be refunded automatically.

TPIE will deliver online the TPIE Opening Session with Max Luthy, and the educational sessions which were to take place at the show. Stay tuned for details about when and how to participate in these visible and convenient marketing opportunities!

“Salutes go to our amazing 2021 TPIE exhibitors and sponsors for their continuing generosity and unwavering commitment to FNGLA,” says Martin Hackney, FNGLA president. “And, a special tip of FNGLA’s cap to our TPIE Committee volunteer leaders and FNGLA professional staff, all of whom once again poured their hearts and souls into building what would have been a phenomenally successful international show.”

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