Milan’s Expo 2015: Fair performance

Posted: May 6, 2015 in economy
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Italy's global exposition reflects cautious optimism on the country's turnaround

IN THE run-up to the opening of Expo 2015 in Milan, many of the greatest concerns about hosting a world exposition in Italy seemed to be materialising. Newspapers ran reports of organised-crime involvement, cost overruns and delays. A senior Expo manager and six businessmen and politicians were arrested on charges of graft. The government appointed an anti-corruption unit to oversee tender procedures. Many doubted the sprawling site on the outskirts of Italy’s second city would open on time.
Yet on May 1st, right on schedule, 200,000 visitors braved the cold and rain for Expo 2015's first day. (The six-month event, a cross between a trade convention and a theme park which moves to a different city every five years, traces its history to London’s Great Exhibition of 1851.) The night before, six million television viewers watched the opening ceremony, in which Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli and Chinese pianist Lang Lang performed in front of Milan’s majestic …<div class="og_rss_groups"></div>

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