The Almere college offered its resignation on Thursday evening because of the loss of millions at the Floriade. The horticultural exhibition cost the municipality 34 million euros more than planned, partly because the event attracted far fewer visitors than hoped.
The city council tendered its resignation during the council meeting on Thursday evening. “Now that the visitor numbers are so disappointing, we believe that we must take our responsibility. We are therefore offering our resignation tonight,” the aldermen said in a statement.
Earlier on Thursday reported Broadcasting Flevoland already that the Floriade would cost 33.8 million euros more than budgeted. As a result, a debate was requested on Thursday evening, which the aldermen opened by reading the statement.
“There are far too few people. That is a big disappointment and a financial drama.” According to the six aldermen, the exhibition is looking good. “The greenery is overwhelming and all pavilions are now finished. The Floriade deserves to be visited by as many people as possible. And our city deserves that too.” But the disappointment about the absence of visitors is great, so the aldermen resign.
Disappointing visitor numbers and high costs
An important cause of the million-dollar noose is the disappointing number of visitors that come to the event. Since the opening on April 14, there have been 232,500, the local broadcaster wrote. That is not enough to reach the target of two million visitors.
Among other things, the height of the entrance fee and high inflation are mentioned as causes. In addition, the costs of the event were higher due to the necessary adjustments related to the corona pandemic.
All this means that the costs are 33.8 million euros higher than planned. On top of the already estimated expenditure of 41.5 million euros, this leads to a total cost item of approximately 75 million euros for Almere.
The municipality is still in consultation with the province and the central government about whether they want to contribute to the extra expenditure. But according to Broadcasting Flevoland have already said that they do not intend to.