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2012/08/09 13:29 KST
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Yeosu Expo nears end after successful run

SEOUL, Aug. 9 (Yonhap) -- This year's International Exposition held in South Korea's port city of Yeosu is nearing its end after a successful run marked by over 7 million visitors, organizers said Thursday.

   Since its opening on May 12, the 2012 Yeosu Expo has attracted some 7.35 million spectators, with the number of visitors expected to reach 8 million when it comes to its official close on Sunday, according to the local organizers of the event approved by the Paris-based Bureau of International Exhibitions (BIE).

   The Yeosu Expo is the second of its kind held in South Korea after the Daejeon Expo held in 1993.

   The start of the 2012 Expo was marked by concerns as many wondered if Yeosu, a city of only 300,000 in southwestern South Jeolla Province, would be able to attract many visitors.

   Visitor turnout remained low at around 50,000 per day in June, but with the holiday season starting in July, it shot up to over 100,000 last month and to over 270,000 for four consecutive days this month.

   The organizers also called the event a success in that there has been no major accident or interruption so far during its run.

   The theme of this year's event, "Living Ocean and Coast," along with various content and attractions offered at the venue also helped make the event a success in terms of quality, they said.

   Vincente Loscertales, the secretary-general of the BIE, earlier said the Yeosu Expo was one of the most successful expositions in terms of telling its main theme. He also noted that a city of only 300,000 attracting over 7 million people also constitutes a success.

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