Eugen Maegele, head of the inquiry mission of the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE) said Friday (March 29) that his survey team was satisfied with Yeosu's preparations for hosting the 2010 Expo.
Concluding a weeklong survey, Maegele said the 400-page long documentation, which the Korean bidding committee has submitted, is almost flawless.
In a press conference at the Incheon International Airport before departure, the survey team said they focused on Korea’s planning and preparation for the Expo and whether Korea is capable of hosting the event financially, economically and politically.
"Korea's preparations are quite satisfactory and we think Yeosu has an equal chance to host the Expo in 2010 with other rivals," he said.
When it came to the strongest impression that the BIE survey team received during the two-day inspection of the proposed venue site in Yeosu, Maegele pointed out Yeosu citizens’ warm welcome and the united support of the community.
According to him, support from the bidding country is important to host the world event and the BIE delegation witnessed strong support from the Yeosu citizens and the central and local governments during their stay.
When asked about weaknesses in the presentations by the Korean bidding committee and what Korea has to improve to host the Expo, he answered that the BIE delegation has no responsibility to advise the bidding country of any weak points.
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Koreans suck at reserve, writing headlines.
I'm doing a piece on Yeosu and the Expo for the next Gwangju News, and so I'm combing through as many articles as I can in order to put together perhaps the first semi-decent write-up of Yeosu's Expo ever written. I was trying to find some documented reasons why Yeosu lost the 2010 bid to Shanghai---because I can't for the life of me think why Shanghai would be considered more suitable than Yeosu, Jeollafuckingnam-do---when I came across this article titled "Yeosu Almost Perfect to Host 2010 Expo: BIE." A bit misleading, based on the article that follows. An excerpt, from Korea.net, emphasis mine: