The Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) is the intergovernmental organisation in charge of overseeing and regulating World Expos, since 1931. BIE defines expos as “large-scale, global events organised and facilitated by governments that serve to educate the public, share innovation, promote progress, and foster cooperation.” The Great Exhibition of 1851 in London was the first fair. Since then, there have been dozens of others around the world, including Expo ’67 in Montréal and Expo ’86 in Vancouver.
World expositions are some of the greatest events on earth. They showcase the best of mankind’s ingenuity, debut innovations, and with national pavilions, give each country a chance to showcase their culture. World expos can have a major impact on a city and a country’s infrastructure and economy, national identity, global brand, and business environment.