The countdown has begun for Liège which will know on 22 November if it will host the international exhibition in 2017.
If this happens, a report drawn up by the consultants estimates there will be eight million visitors during the three months it will open, or around 90,000 people a day visiting the hundred or so pavilions.
The site has already been selected. This will be Coronmeuse, to the north of Liège on the banks of the river Meuse. This was also the setting for an international exhibition in 1939.
A scale model was exhibited at Mipim (international real estate fair) held in Cannes. This was the work of the Dutch studio VenhoevenCS: the project envisages 165,000 m² of public space, green spaces and exhibition halls, for a budget of around 400 million euros.
The final decision will be made in Paris next autumn, when 160 countries will vote.
Raphaël Meulders – LA LIBRE – 09/03/2012