Sunday, June 25, 2017

Yekaterinburg could draw 12 million visitors with World Cup and EXPO 2020

With the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup and EXPO 2020, Yekaterinburg has hopes of attracting more than 12 million tourists to the city.

Yekaterinburg Governor Yevgeny Kuivashev said that the city will build enough hotels to accommodate 12 million guests in the year 2018, the Voice of Russia reports.

Kuivashev also recently said that President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev have confirmed the EXPO 2020 budget, which uses approximately $2 billion dollars plus investor funds to build facilities and pavilions, which would become public buildings after the world fair ends.

The governor of the Sverdlovsk Region pledged that the city of Yekaterinburg would offer top-notch hosting of the EXPO 2020 World Exposition should the International Bureau of World Expositions choose Yekaterinburg over Sao Paolo, Dubai, Izmir and Ayutthaya.

Russian experts chose Yekaterinburg as their EXPO hosting bid in December over Nizhny Novgorod. The host city will be chosen in November, the Voice of Russia reports.

Kuivashev said that Yekaterinburg co-hosting of the 2018 World Cup will prepare it for the 2020 Exposition and also save money.

The government has given an extra $2 billion to the project and private investors are expected to donate billions more. The city is offering 560 hectares for the event, enough to build hundreds of pavilions, dozens of hotels and several concert halls and a large entertainment center. EXPO funds would also be used to renovate its main embankments.

The EXPO 2020 Exposition is expected to draw more than 12 million spectators from 160 countries from around the world, according to the Voice of Russia.