Hosting Holland’s flower theme park in China

Always wanted to go to China for a while? This is your chance! Become a host in the Flora Liefde Holland Park in the Pearl River Delta. Send your application letter, including motivation, resume and picture before October 31 to ibo.gulsen@igmpr.nl.

A golden opportunity for any Dutch student with an interest in China. Go to China for a few weeks and be the best host you can be to tens of thousands of Chinese that are keen on getting to know The Netherlands and Dutch flowers in particular. Read further and see how you can apply.

Ibo Gülsen is recruiting Dutch students that either have some experience in the hospitality industry (hotels, events, restaurants/bars) or are currently involved in a study in that field. The students are to become the hosts of the brand new Flora Liefde Holland Park that is currently under construction in China.

Gülsen is the COO of the Dutch-Sino firm Flora Liefde Flowers that invests in the new theme park. The park is set to open in February 2015 in the Pearl River Delta, a strong economic growth region with over 100 million consumers. The first phase of the park will be around 5 hectares and is meant to attract Chinese day trip guests from the nearby metropolis cities of Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong and Macau.

A true taste of Holland

“Actually, the park will offer a lot more than flowers from Holland. We will offer a true taste of Holland’s flowers, food, sports and culture. We plan to create a true Dutch experience, which also includes tasting Dutch food – like cheese – and beverages. The Chinese are curious about life outside China and in countries like The Netherlands. The Dutch students will be our hosts and ambassadors in the Park”, says Gülsen. The park, that will be expanded gradually over time, will attract most of its guests around Chinese New Year and in three other important holiday seasons of the year.

Chinese consumer market

Fifteen Dutch students (m/f) can be part of all this during the opening season from February to March 2015, Ibo Gülsen: “It is a great way to gain experience with the Chinese consumer market, while performing hospitality, promotion and entertainment tasks. A great combination of connecting to the Chinese, while representing The Netherlands!”

So if you are a student and you are up for the challenge, what can you expect? Ibo Gülsen: “All travel, housing and meals costs will be covered by Flora Liefde. You will also receive an ‘internship’ compensation. If required we can adjust the travel dates, in case you want to combine this with other travel through China.”

Volendam harbour?

Depending on the firsts months of operation, the investors in Flora Liefde Holland Park will develop the park further. Gülsen explains that there is enough space for expansion. “Anything is possible. I’d like to think that the small harbour that is situated close to the park would be an ideal venue to create a copy of Volendam’s picturesque harbour. Who knows..”

Is this you?

  • You have a background in the hospitality industry (hotels, events, restaurants/bars) either through study and/or practice.
  • You take good care of your representation, are able to make people feel welcome, are open minded to work in and with new cultures, take responsibility for the things you do, enjoy and take pride in representing Holland.
  • Available: from February 1 – March 31 (outside this period, in 2015, please also apply).
  • Travel, lodging etc: all travel, housing and meals costs will be covered by Flora Liefde. You will also receive an ‘internship’ compensation. If required Flora Liefde can adjust the travel dates, in case you want to combine this with other travel through China.


Please send your application letter, including motivation, resume and picture before October 31 to ibo.gulsen@igmpr.nl. Interviews will be held in November. Feel free to apply together with your friend(s), in case you are interested to work together. For more information, please contact Ibo Gülsen (Chief Operations Officer) at 06-53651173

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