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Turkey & Thailand bid to host 2020 world expo; Kazakhstan & Belgium for 2017

The Mayor of Izmir, Mr Aziz KOCAOGLU , and Mr Akapol SORASUCHART, President of theThailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau, introduced respectively the candidatures of IZMIR and AYUTTHAYA during the last BIE General Assembly.

Two countries have submitted candidacy applications to host World Expo in 2020 to the BIE, the international body that regulates world expositions: Turkey, in the city of IZMIR, and Thailand, in the city of AYUTTHAYA. Other candidates for 2020 can still apply until November 2nd, 2011.

Izmir Turkey 2020 proposes: “New Routes to a Better World / Health for All,” April 30 – October 31, 2020 with a projected 30 million visitors.

Ayutthaya Thailand 2020 proposes: “Redefine globalisation; Balanced life, sustainable living,” January 15 – June 15, 2020 and projects more than 30 million visitors.

Two countries have also submitted candidacy applications to the BIE to host an International Expo in 2017: Kazakhstan, in the city of ASTANA, and Belgium, in the city of LIEGE. Other candidates can still apply until December 10th, 2011.

Astana Kazakhstan 2017 proposes: “Future Energy,”June 10 – September 10, 2017.  Expected participants: more than 100 countries and 6 international organizations. Expected visitors: over 5 million.

Liège Belgium 2017
proposes: “Connecting the world – Linking people,” June 21 – September 20, 2017.
H.E.M. Nurlan DANENOV, Ambassador of Kazakhstan in France, and Prime Minister of Belgium, Yves LETERME have respectively presented the candidatures of ASTANA and LIEGE.
Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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