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The Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) was founded in 1928 and regulates international expositions as well as other exhibits on behalf of more than 100 member nations.

Not all events that most people would categorize as a world's fair have been sanctioned by the BIE, notably the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair.

Currently, the BIE "sanctions" large world expositions that are held in years ending in "0" and "5." The organization "recognizes" smaller international expositions that are allowed to happen once in between each larger expo (but not in an adjacent year).

In the coming years, the BIE will decide who will host Expo 2020 as well as the smaller Expo 2017.

The World's Fair Podcast

In episode 23 of the World's Fair Podcast, Secretary General Vicente of the BIE was the guest.

Mr. Loscertales has been secretary general of the Bureau International des Expositions through the last several world's fairs. We talk about his tenure, the imporantance of expos, and United States participation in the organization.

Listen to the podcast as an MP3.

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Listen to other episodes of the World's Fair Podcast.

Other Useful Sites

Official BIE web site

BIE on Facebook

Bureau International des Expositions
– Wikipedia entry

– site advocating the restoration of USA membership in the BIE

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