More than 25mn visitors expected for expo in 2020-21
Dubai has been announced as the winning host city for Expo 2020, after a final vote count in Paris. Hosting the expo will have a significant impact on the tourism industry of Dubai and the UAE, Dubai’s head of tourism said.
“From the outset, Dubai’s expo bid was part of the government’s long-term vision that ensures sustainable national development and a prosperous future for the UAE,” said Helal Saeed Almarri, director general of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing and CEO of Dubai World Trade Centre.
“Hosting Expo 2020 is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and one that will be maximised to accelerate the growth of the tourism industry in Dubai, the UAE and the wider [Gulf Cooperation Council] region.”
Gathered in Paris for the 154th Bureau International des Exhibitions General Assembly, representatives of 168 countries voted on bids from the final four contenders – Dubai, Brazil, Russia and Turkey – to host the 2020 edition of one of the world’s oldest, largest and most significant international events. Dubai’s bid, themed Connecting Minds, Creating the Future, won with 116 votes.
Between October 2020 and April 2021, more than 25 million visitors are expected to attend Expo 2020, 70% of whom will be from outside the UAE – the largest number of international visitors in the expo’s history.