Thursday, February 22, 2024

Minnesota World’s Fair Bid Committee urges US to rejoin the BIE

Expo 2023 logoFor more than 30 years, the U.S. was a member of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), a treaty organization that regulates and schedules world expositions. The U.S. withdrew from the BIE in 2001, raising a significant barrier for U.S. cities that wish to host a world’s fair of their own.

The Minnesota World’s Fair Bid Committee (MN-2023) is preparing a bid to host a three-month long world’s fair in 2023. To support MN-2023’s bid, this report examines how and why the U.S. withdrew from the BIE and its impact on hosting future expos in the US. This report also proposes a political strategy for rejoining the BIE.

Click to access a PDF of the full report: Case for Rejoining the BIE_June2015

Prepared for: Mark Ritchie, Minnesota World’s Fair Bid Committee

Prepared by: Toumil Reza Samonte Allen, Master of Public Policy Candidate, The Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University

Faculty Adviser: Bruce Jentleson, Ph.D.

Want to know more about US involvement at world expos? See “Tales from the Expo” by James Ogul.

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She reports on design and technical design, production and project management, industry trends and company culture. From 2005-2020 she ran communications and publications for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA and publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association, and has contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a BFA from Pratt Institute. She has lived in Detroit, New York, Oakland, and now Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts community.

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