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2012/07/12 20:39 KST
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Yeosu Expo daily visitor turnout hits record 112,000 mark

YEOSU, South Korea, July 12 (Yonhap) -- The 2012 Yeosu Expo organizers said Thursday a new record has been set for the number of people visiting the international fair.

   Organizers said that as of 7 p.m., 112,614 entered the exposition grounds, the highest tally since its opening on May 12.

   "Because there is still some time left before closing, the daily number should be greater than what has been provisionally reported," an Expo organizer said.

   The previous daily record of 111,131 was reached on May 27, which was a Sunday, and part of a three-day holiday weekend. The latest number is noteworthy because it took place on a weekday.

   "It could be a sign that visitor numbers will continue to go up in the future, as schools and workers take time off for summer vacation," the official said.

   Sources claimed that average number of visitors has been going up steadily this month, reaching around 80,000 per day, up from 40,000 to 50,000 in June.

   They said while some people who visited the expo in the past were critical of how it was run, organizers have resolved earlier shortcomings and are receiving very few complaints at present.

   The exposition being held in the port of Yeosu, located 455 kilometers south of Seoul on the country's southern coast, will run through Aug. 12 under the theme of "Living Ocean and Coast," with emphasis focused on highlighting the important role the ocean and coast play in everyday lives and the need to live in harmony with the world's marine environment.

   The Yeosu Expo is the first Paris-based Bureau of International Exhibitions-approved event hosted by South Korea since the 1993 Daejeon Expo.

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