Expo '80 per cent ready', says Sala

140 countries confirmed

Giuseppe Sala, sole commissioner for Milan’s Expo 2015, says that the infrastructure is “80 per cent finished”.

He was speaking on Wednesday at the three-day summit meeting of all the commissioners of participating nations and organisations being held in Parma. “But the 150 days left are going to be fundamental,” he stated, “and the weather is going to play an important part.”

On participation, Sala said he had confirmation from 140 nations, to be housed in 50 pavilions which have already been completed, plus another 55 still being finished. He is expecting between 500 and 600 government ministers among the institutional delegations from participating nations to visit.

Sala stated that 6.5 mllion tickets have already been sold, but he did not specify how many of these had been sold to travel agencies and similar organisations which still have to sell them on to the end-user.

One major Italian tour operator, said Sala, had recently told him they were booking a million overnight stays for the six-month duration of the exposition.

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