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SOUTH KOREA 24 Jun-24 Sep 2012 Yeosu hosts 2012 World Expo

Yeosu lost the 2010 World Expo to Shanghai, but beat Tangiers in Morocco and Wroclaw in Poland for this 2012 World Expo. It is a small victo

June 24, 2012 - NULL

SOUTH KOREA 24 Jun-24 Sep 2012 Yeosu hosts 2012 World Expo

Yeosu lost the 2010 World Expo to Shanghai, but beat Tangiers in Morocco and Wroclaw in Poland for this 2012 World Expo. It is a small victory because the in-between world's fairs, like Yeosu's in 2012 and Zaragoza's in 2008, are scaled-down versions of an event

SOUTH KOREA 24 Jun-24 Sep 2012 Yeosu hosts 2012 World Expo

Yeosu lost the 2010 World Expo to Shanghai, but beat Tangiers in Morocco and Wroclaw in Poland for this 2012 World Expo. It is a small victory because the in-between world's fairs, like Yeosu's in 2012 and Zaragoza's in 2008, are scaled-down versions of an event ranked by the organizers as one of the three largest and most profitable shows in the world. A port city some 283 miles south of Seoul, Yeosu plans a maritime theme: "The Living Ocean and Coast: Diversity of Resources and Sustainable Activities."

Shanghai 2010, for instance, expects 70 to 100 million guests. and nearly 200 countries to participate. The in-between fairs don't attract the same big numbers, but are still seen as attractive propositions by the countries competing to host them.

The two other top international events are World Cup soccer and the Olympics.

The South Korean government is using its spell in the world's eye in 2012 to push wider programs. It has plans for a Yeosu Project, under which it plans to donate US $10 million from 2008 to help developing countries cope with maritime problems and other environment issues. It has also vowed to earmark another US $20 million for its five-year plan to support international efforts to address global warming.

South Korea has attended 17 World Expos since 1962. It won the "Best Pavilion" at the Expo 2005 Aichi and "Most popular pavilion" at the Expo 2008 Zaragoza.

Official world fairs are organized by the Bureau International des Expositions in Paris. Established by an international convention in 1928, the BIE has 98 member nations and regulates the frequency and quality of all long-term international exhibitions of a non-commercial nature. Mar/09

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Date written/update: 2012-06-24