Expo Attendance Falls Short

The Global Times reports:

Tuesday was the first unofficial day of the Shanghai World Expo when visitors who hold standard tickets or appointed, unused day tickets could visit the Expo Park.

A total of 146,100 visitors showed up at the park Tuesday, slightly more than Sunday.

Organizers forecast an influx of 70 million visitors, mostly Chinese, over the next six months. To achieve this target, an average of 380,000 people need to visit the site daily.

So far, the highest attendance was on Sunday, with 215,000. On Monday, the last day of the long public holiday, only 131,700 people, the lowest level so far, showed up at the site.

Although officials said about 1,050,000 tickets for the three opening days had been sold, only half of that number showed up.

See also “Shanghai’s Expo: The world through a funhouse mirror” from the Globe and Mail and “Is There Any Wow Left for the Shanghai Expo?” from ABC News.

May 4, 2010 3:27 PM
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