Japan Association for the 2005 World Exposition

Japan Association for the 2005 World Exposition

    Aichi, Japan (ots/PRNewswire) -

    - EXPO 2005 Has a Successful Opening Quarter

    1. Admission Figures

    EXPO 2005 Aichi, Japan opened on March 25. The number of visitors has risen steadily, and the total number of admissions passed 4 million on May 14. Figures released by the Expo Association on May 19 show, moreover, that the total number of tickets sold (as of April 30) has passed the 10 million mark, reaching 10.3 million.

    An unseasonal cold spell kept admission numbers down during the first two weeks, but since heralding warmer weather, visitors have increased substantially.

    By time of day, most visitors arrive early in the day, with around 60% entering before 11 a.m. Admissions are spread fairly evenly among different days of the week, but organizers hope to spread admissions more evenly during each day.

    According to a survey of Japanese visitors conducted by the Expo Association in mid-April, about 72% of visitors described their Expo experience as "good." The survey also revealed that about 30% of visitors were returning for a second or subsequent visit.

    2. Enabling Visitors to Enjoy the Expo at a Leisurely Pace

    At popular attractions like the Toyota Pavilion, known for its robots that can play musical instruments, and the Global House, which features a display of a frozen mammoth and a 2005-inch screen that is the world's largest, Pavilion Admission Coupons are distributed to enable visitors to use their time efficiently. These coupons are distributed in the afternoon as well as the morning, meaning that visitors who arrive later in the day can also enjoy the exhibits.

    The National Day events held every weekday afternoon are also popular with visitors.

    Twilight Concerts, which get underway at around 7 p.m. at EXPO Plaza, began in May. The concerts provide opportunities for visitors to relax through musical entertainment covering every genre and transcending generations and national borders.

    Lighting at EXPO 2005 is based on the gentle brightness of traditional Japanese paper lanterns. Visitors can view the EXPO 2005 nightline from the 88-meter-tall Ferris wheel or from the gondolas inside the venue. Nighttime Admission Tickets enable visitors to enjoy the Expo from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. for half the price of a regular ticket.

        Contact:
        Public Relations
        Japan Association for the 2005 World Exposition
        Aichi, Japan
        Tel: +81-561-61-7383
        Fax: +81-561-61-7605
        e-mail: okamotoa@expo2005.or.jp
                    s2180@expo2005.jp

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Contact:
Public Relations, Japan Association for the 2005 World Exposition,
Aichi, Japan, +81-561-61-7383, Fax: +81-561-61-7605,
okamotoa@expo2005.or.jp, s2180@expo2005.jp



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