After an enchanting Opening Ceremony in Dubai that was enjoyed by millions around the world, Expo 2020 has reported a massive turnout of 411,768 ticketed visits in the first ten days.
Expo 2020 has also had a lot of international success as one in three visitors are international travellers. This number is expected to increase with the return of international travel, while Virtual Expo has also had an additional five million visits since the Expo began on 1 October.
The overwhelming success can be credited to the sheer number of attractions, activities and entertainment at each location including multiple daily events and cultural performances. Dimitri S. Kerkentzes, Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), believes that the visitor numbers show the global importance of the event.
“Expo 2020 Dubai’s opening week has undoubtedly been a success. The numbers we are seeing are very encouraging and demonstrate the global desire for people to reconnect with each other and to imagine a better future,” Kerkentzes said.
This six-month-long event has allowed the 192 participating countries, each with their own dedicated pavilion, to proudly share their culture. Ambassador Doreen DeBrum, Commissioner General of the Marshall Islands, has been overjoyed by the response.
“This is the first time we’ve had our own, dedicated pavilion at a World Expo, and it has been fantastic to share the best of the Marshall Islands with so many visitors,” Ambassador DeBrum said.
“We’ve been delighted with the reaction of people so far – this is truly an incredible opportunity for us to be part of this incredible event.”
With one in five visitors visiting the Expo more than once in the first ten days, His Excellency Joseph K Issa, Commissioner General of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste is also impressed with the result.
“We’ve been really busy since the show opened nine days ago, with a constant flow of visitors every day,” His Excellency Joseph K Issa said. “People genuinely seem interested and inquisitive about what we have to offer and we are delighted to bring a flavour of Timor-Leste to visitors, businesses and investors from around the world.”
Expo 2020 runs until 31 March 2022 with several ticket options available and can also be experienced free online at Virtual Expo.
Photo: UAE Pavilion / Dubai EXPO 2020