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Exhibits may be altered

THE Expo organizer may simplify exhibits at some pavilions to ensure crowds flow through faster when attendance is high, the top Expo organizer said at a press conference yesterday.

But at this point, China Pavilion has no plan to change its exhibits in order to accept more visitors.

On the financial side, the organizer has earned 5 billion yuan (US$732 million) from Expo operations thus far, mostly from the 37 million tickets that have been sold, said Hong Hao, director general of the Bureau of Shanghai World Expo Coordination. The income has reached more than 80 percent of the bureau's target of 6 billion yuan.

The organizer aims to break even on the Expo with a total construction and operations budget of 10.6 billion yuan.

Hong did admit that organizers never expected certain pavilions like Saudi Arabia and Japan would attract such huge crowds. He said this has led to an imbalance with some pavilions drawing fewer people.

Some pavilions that attract fewer visitors will add exhibits to attract more people, Hong said.

The Expo site has a daily capacity for 600,000 people.

The director general said they have confidence that large crowds can be handled after things went smoothly last Friday, when a record-setting 505,000 people visited the Expo.

Hong also clarified that there was no stampede and that no one died, as some online reports have claimed, when thousands of fans rushed to the Expo site on Sunday to catch a performance by Super Junior, a South Korean band, at the Expo Culture Center.

Organizers will make more emergency plans to ensure the safety of visitors when star entertainers or athletes appear at the Expo, he said.

Meanwhile, the top organizer suggested people buy a night ticket as about 50 percent of visitors are leaving around 5pm.

More than 300,000 night tickets have been sold for the first month. Night tickets allow access to the site after 5pm.

With more visitors going at night, all pavilions will strictly obey the rules to remain open until 10:30pm, he said. Some pavilions have been closing at around 9pm when few visitors turn up.

Also, Expo staff will begin asking seniors and disabled people to show their certificates when borrowing a wheelchair to avoid people from abusing the service to bypass long lines at pavilions.


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