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Expo discount vouchers proposed

ORGANIZERS could distribute discount coupons and offer free tickets in promotions to attract more visitors to the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, political advisor Ge Jianxiong has suggested.

Ge is a member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference and a famous scholar at Shanghai's Fudan University.

In his proposal to the ongoing 11th National Committee of the CPPCC in Beijing, Ge said the global financial crisis would probably cut the number of overseas visitors so the organizers should make efforts to woo more domestic visitors. He suggested the organizer distribute coupons and offer discounts or even free tickets.

For example "discounts will be offered to teachers and students on vacation," he said, as the Expo, which starts in May and goes through to October next year, will cover the annual summer vacation.

Ge also suggested that Shanghai strengthen cooperation with the neighboring Yangtze River Delta area to develop the regional tourism market during Expo.

Organizers expect to attract 70 million visitors to the event, with 95 percent of them being native Chinese, according to a press conference last month in Beijing.

A normal Expo ticket will cost 160 yuan (US$23.4) but there will be discounts for the disabled, students, the elderly and service personnel. Ticket prices could go as low as 50 yuan, Zhong Yanqun, deputy director of the Expo National Organizing Committee, said at the conference.


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