Record visitors for South African Pavilion at Aichi, Japan
South African pavilion at the World Expo 2005 has clocked visitors in excess of
2.5 million so far. This means South Africa could double its initial objective
of 1.5million visitors by close of Expo 2005, a figure which was based on 10%
of the total number of the 15 million estimated.
As the curtain gradually
closes on Expo 2005 in Japan, the numbers of visitors to the Expo site are swelling.
From an estimated 15 million visitors, a record 18.2 million people have been
Shoichiro Toyoda Chairman Japan Association for the 2005 World
Exposition in a press statement attributed the growing numbers to the attractive
and distinctive exhibits and events that official and domestic participants have
presented along the theme of ,ÄúNature,Äôs Wisdom,Äù.
appreciate the ongoing improvements made by the association made to ensure a safe
and comfortable exposition,Äù, the statement read.
has witnessed one of its busiest moments since the opening of the exhibitions
last March. Last Saturday close to 81 000 visitors were counted. The interest
is attributed mainly on the exhibits, texts and audio visual material on show.
Much interest is on the Coelacanth, a fossilized fish dating back more than 400
South Africa,Äôs staging of the 2010 World Cup
is also drawing much attention as visitors seem eager to be in South Africa at
the time. Enquiries on the country,Äôs weather and its tourist attractions
and destinations are listed daily.
Recently the Deputy Minister of Minerals
and Energy Lulu Xingwana was guest as the theme at the pavilion is Minerals and
Energy. The Ambassador to Japan Dr Ben Ngubane joined her for a visit to Corporate
Pavilions such as Toyota, Japan Rails and NEDO.
On Tuesday, 06 September
was Angola National Day. The Prime Minister of Angola Eduardo Dos Santos made
a courtesy visit to the South Africa Pavilion after events that marked his country,Äôs
national day here at the Expo Site.
In less than three weeks one of the
biggest in the world events calendar is causing locals to rush in order to catch
up on the many events on offer. People from all walks of life are making Expo
2005 a feature in their calendars. The elderly, the young, the physically challenged
are some of the multitudes visiting.
If you find pushing a patient on a
hospital bed absurd, Expo 2005 site would prove otherwise. The blind, the tiniest
babies or anyone with a physical challenge can be seen here. Anyone would be awed
by the enthusiasm and eagerness to learn by daily visitors.
released today by the Expo association indicate more than 167 000 people have
gone through the Expo gates since morning. South Africa also enjoys popularity
among the locals who daily converge on the Africa Pavilion Common stage eagerly
waiting for entertainment.
Currently a Setswana Cultural group Mosekaphofu
from Mafikeng is performing. Their versatility and skill and ability to perform
different genres draws like magnet. The group will perform until Saturday.
cultural acts will arrive at Expo to share South Africa,Äôs rich heritage
with the people of Japan. Already, there are requests for DVD,Äôs and
CD,Äôs of performing groups be they professional or amateur. This then
poses a challenge to South Africans to fiercely market their music in other countries
where a different sound would be most welcome and appreciated.
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Issued by: South African
Pavilion, Aichi Expo
09 September 2005