Group ticket sales for World Expo under way

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 28 March, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 28 March, 2009, 12:00am

Shanghai started group ticket sales for World Expo 2010 yesterday, and individual tickets would go on sale on July 1, organisers said.

The group tickets, to be sold until June 30, will be available only to government agencies, enterprises, institutions and NGOs.

The tickets have a total face value of 62 million yuan (HK$70 million) in value and will be divided into nine categories, with prices ranging between 90 and 900 yuan. A basic ticket goes for 160 yuan.

The expo will open on May 1, and tickets for peak days, including the May 1 Labour Day holiday, the week-long National Day holiday and the last week before closing on October 31, will cost 200 yuan.

Discounts will be offered to the disabled, the elderly and students, as low as 50 yuan.

The tickets will be available both in advance and during the event session, but organisers said they would encourage people to buy tickets in advance.

A total of 70 million visitors are expected.

People may book tickets through 2,000 authorised outlets, websites and hotlines across the mainland. During the expo, tickets will be on sale at the 5.3 sq km site or from kiosks. Overseas visitors can get tickets through channels appointed by the expo bureau in different countries and regions.

Expo authorities also unveiled the logo and the slogan for expo volunteers yesterday.

The expo volunteer logo is made up of the Chinese character for heart, the English letter 'V', which stands for volunteer, and a dove carrying an olive branch. This will convey a message of peace, friendship, sustainable development and hope, organisers said.

The volunteers' slogan will be 'At your service at expo'. And the volunteer song, By Your Side, has been recorded by Hong Kong singer Eason Chan Yik-shun.

Shanghai plans to recruit more than 1 million volunteers, with most of them to be university graduates.

The city authorities hope that the event will provide nearly 3,000 job opportunities for college graduates, who are now in a desperate search for jobs amid the economic downturn.

To date, 233 countries and international organisations have been confirmed to participate. The United States has not yet raised funds for its exhibit, though Shanghai organisers still feel upbeat and promised to offer strong support for its participation.