4 Jun 2008

Pacific countries to take part in world's largest expo

9:19 am on 4 June 2008

Fiji is among Pacific countries that have joined forces with a tourism marketing regional organisation to exhibit at the world's largest exposition in China.

The Fiji Times reports tourism marketing agency south-pacific-dot-travel which initiated the move, said the move to participate at the Shanghai World Expo in 2010 followed an invitation from the Chinese government.

The Chairman of south-pacific.travel, Peter Vincent, and the deputy director-general of the Bureau of Shanghai World Expo Co-ordination & the organiser of Expo 2010 Professor Zhou Hanmin signed the agreement for south-pacific.travel to co-ordinate the participation of Pacific Island countries at the expo.

The organisers of Shanghai World Expo 2010 plan to deliver the largest world exposition ever with more than 200 participants from sovereign nations and international organisations and an estimated 70 million visitors expected to attend.

The proposed concept for the Pacific pavilion involves the use of water to symbolise the Pacific Ocean and with outdoor temperatures in Shanghai reaching 40 degrees in summer, a pavilion using water would be a refreshing break for visitors.