A world's fair is a gathering of people from many parts of the world, at which they demonstrate their products and their arts, and promote their homelands. This sort of thing has been going on since ancient times, when traders would hold occasional encampments at central crossroads, and entertainers would find a ready, festive-minded audience. The modern string of world's fairs began in the middle of the nineteenth century, when the industrial revolution was flourishing.
What's the Difference Between a World's Fair and an Expo?
The nomenclature associated with world's fairs has varied over time. The term "world's fair" is precise, unpretentious and historically meaningful. The poet Tennyson referred to the Great Exhibition of 1851 as "the world's great fair, " and the exhibition was popularly and widely referred to as "the world's fair." The term "expo" came into full use in Montreal with Expo 67. At the present time, “world expo” and “international expo” are in considerable favor. Whatever the rage, they’re all still world’s fairs.
Who Decides Where World's Fairs Are Held?
Located in Paris, the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE) was formed in 1928 by thirty-one nations determined to limit the number of world's fairs. Without sensible controls, a nation was subject to the seemingly modest tribute exacted by another nation on behalf of any expo it might choose to stage; but a string of such tributes could become a drain on the treasury. So the idea was that any country that joined the BIE would agree only to participate in BIE-sanctioned expos, and would have to tell other supplicants—the "unofficial" expos—to look elsewhere. The 1928 convention and subsequent amendments have not been famous for ironclad effectiveness, however, because a rulebook administered by a small agency can't cope with countries determined to hold fairs. But without the BIE, which in 2012 claimed 160 member nations, there would be many more expos, and more irresponsibly managed ones.
Would you support a bid for the 2014 worlds fair
New York won't be hosting the 2012 Olympics, and there are reasons to be sad about that. But there are also opportunities ahead.
A world's fair in New York in 2014 would give the city a far greater boost.
The 1939 and 1964 New York World's Fairs were thrilling advertisements for American know-how and creativity. The 20th century wouldnât have been the American century without them.
Some say the 21st century will be the Chinese century. If so, the World's Fair planned for Shanghai in 2010 is a harbinger. Already, there are signs that the Chinese will spare no expense to create a technologically and architecturally dazzling expo