Expo 2020 Dubai edges closer to 25 million visitor target

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The newly built Expo 2020 site. The newly built Expo 2020 site.

The Expo 2020 Dubai is set to welcome more than 25 million visitors from 192 countries across the six-month event from 20 October 2020 to 10 April 2021.

To achieve this visitor target, organisers of Expo 2020 Dubai have teamed up with more than 1,000 authorised ticket resellers (ATR) in key markets around the world to drum up interest in the event.

The global network, which includes online travel agents, tour operators, hotel groups and airlines, are all set to help Expo 2020 Dubai achieve its goal of welcoming 70 per cent of visitors from outside the UAE and make the next World Expo the most international in its 168-year history.

“Expo 2020’s comprehensive ATR network surpasses any previous World Expo at this stage of event preparations,” said Sanjive Khosla, chief commercial officer, Expo 2020 Dubai.

“The global travel industry is the main conduit that will drive international visitation, and with our solid start we are on track to attract the most international audience ever to a World Expo.”

A single-day adult, for age 18 and over, tickets will cost AED 120 (£25). A three-day pass, which is valid for a two-week period after the first use, will be priced at AED 260 (£55). Expo 2020 will also offer a range of concessions to students, children aged five and under, seniors aged 65 and over, as well as people of determination and their assistants. Tickets will go on sale next year.

Following the first-ever World Expo, held at London’s Crystal Palace in 1851 which attracted six million people, the Expo 2020 Dubai aims to bring together 25 million people for the “World’s Greatest Show” in order to celebrate human brilliance and achievement under the theme “Connect Minds, Creating the Future”. The expo will also create a multi-national platform for people to share ideas, network and explore cultures.

Expo 2020’s sub-themes of opportunity, mobility and sustainability aim to inspire visitors to make a conscious effort to think and live differently and give them renewed optimism that, through collaboration, it is possible to make a lasting change to the world.

The expo will be held in the specially built Expo 2020 site which spans 4.38 sq kilometres and is located in the Dubai South district, close to Al Maktoum International Airport and within easy reach of Dubai International Airport, Abu Dhabi International Airport and Dubai and Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminals.

The site will also have its own metro station, capable of transporting 36,000 passengers per hour.

Find more information about the Expo 2020 Dubai here.

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A desire to travel led Holly Patrick to the business meetings and events world and she’s never looked back. Holly takes a particular interest in event sustainability and creating a diverse and inclusive industry. When she’s not working, she can be found rolling skating along Brighton seafront listening to an eclectic playlist, featuring the likes of Patti Smith, Sean Paul, and Arooj Aftab.

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