Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Thailand to stay in EXPO 2020 hosting consideration

Thailand Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra announced on Tuesday that her country will not withdraw its bid to host World EXPO 2020 and that Thailand will continue with preparations as planned.

Thailand selected its ancient capital of Ayutthaya as the proposed site for the world event should the country be selected as host, according to Pattaya Mail.

Shinawatra said that rumors that Thailand would withdraw its bid for consideration were groundless. Her statement comes after recently-publicized comments from Thailand Democratic Party Leader Abhisit Vejjajva that the country has strong intentions of hosting the fair and that EXPO 2020 would be a good opportunity for Thailand.

From January 28 through February 1, representatives from the the Bureau of International Expositions met with Shinawatra and toured prospective expo sites in Ayutthaya.

The belief that Thailand would withdraw its bid from EXPO 2020 hosting duties surfaced following reports that the Thai government was doubting the value of investing in the infrastructure to accommodate the fair. Nonetheless, Ayutthaya Governor Witthaya Piewpong recently confirmed that the capital was prepared to host, and had no intention of leaving the competition, Pattaya Mail reports.

BIE is expected to make its decision in November. Aside from Ayutthaya, four cities remain in competition to host EXPO 2020 - Izmir, Turkey; Yekaterinburg, Russia; Sao Paolo, Brazil; and Dubai of the United Arab Emirates.