Astana Kazakhstan has secured the right to host Expo 2017, a BIE-recognized exposition, after voting that took place on 22 November 2012. The exposition will run three months under the theme "Energy of the Future."
Astana beat out Liége, Belgium which was hoping to host the event under the theme "Connecting the World, Linking People." The vote was: Astana, 103 votes; Liége, 44 votes, 1 abstention.
Expo 2017 overview
The Expo 2017 bid video
On August 12th, Korea's second world's fair officially closed. Korea's second world's fair (after Expo '93), Expo 2012 celebrated the world's oceans and coasts, meeting its goal of 8 million visits. One hundred four nations participated in this BIE-recognized celebration.
The 25 hectares (62 acres) site was the largest permissible size for a smaller sized international exposition. Foreign nations shared a central International Pavilion with separate pavilions for Korea, a theme pavilion, an aquarium, corporate pavilions, and performance venues. Outside the site, a new Expo Town was built for the exposition's workers.
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