Ready for a modern version of the World Fair, and in a place that you were already planning to visit? Milan has been chosen to host the 2015 Universal Exposition that will run from May 1 to October 31, 2015. This six-month event will showcase the best of the participating countries’ technology and innovation. This year’s theme is “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life,” which will focus on the culture, traditions, and creativity of the participating countries and how they relate to food and diet. Visitors can expect an open-air theater, a wine pavilion, tastings, and lots more. With Italy’s incredible food culture, it’s easy to see how Milan was a logical choice. Here’s Milan’s Expo by the numbers:
Every 5 Years: How often an Expo is held.
1851: The year that the first Expo/World Fair took place in London.
147: Participating countries (this number is expected to grow).
20 million: Expected visitors.
1.1 million: How many square meters the event space covers.
6 months: How long the Expo takes place in Milan.
5 billion Euros: Estimated benefits for the tourism section.
60 thousand: Jobs created from the Expo.
1 million Euros: Official partner investments from companies like San Pellegrino water, Coca Cola, and illy coffee.