Thursday, November 30, 2023

Buenos Aires Selected by BIE as Host City for Expo 2023


Member States of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) today elected Argentina as host country of Specialised Expo 2023.

After two rounds of voting during the BIE’s 162nd General Assembly, a majority of Member States voted for Argentina’s project to organise the next Specialised Expo in Buenos Aires under the theme “Science, Innovation, Art and Creativity for Human Development. Creative Industries in Digital Convergence” between 15 January and 15 April 2023.

“This is an exciting moment for Argentina and marks the start of a fruitful and transformational journey for Buenos Aires”, declared the Deputy Secretary General of the BIE, Dimitri Kerkentzes. He added: “the Expo project, based around the creative opportunities offered by the digital era, has captured the minds of the international community, and we now look forward to seeing it come to life over the next six years.”

Three countries were in the running to host the next Specialised Expo. Poland was bidding for a Specialised Expo in the city of Łódź under the theme “City Re:Invented.” The United States was bidding for a Specialised Expo in Minnesota under the theme “Healthy People, Healthy Planet: Wellness and Well Being for All.”

Representatives of eligible and present Member States elected the host country in a secret ballot using electronic voting. As no candidate received the two-thirds majority required to win in the first round, Argentina and Poland moved into a second round, where a simple majority of votes cast is required.

First round results

Poland – 46

United States – 25

Argentina – 46

Abstentions – 1

Second round results

Poland – 56

Argentina – 62

Abstentions – 0

Specialised Expos, known officially as International Recognised Exhibitions, can be organised in the interval between two World Expos, and are designed to respond to a precise challenge facing humanity. The most recent Specialised Expo gathered 4 million visitors between 10 June and 10 September 2017 in Astana, Kazakhstan, under the theme “Future Energy.”

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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