"148 participants, of which 145 Countries, 53 pavillions - a record, 9 clusters, 20 million visitors expected, 8 million tickets sold of which 5 million abroad and 3 in Italy, 3.2 million overnight stays booked, 63 non governmental organisations at Cascina Triulza. The New York Times has placed us as first destination to visit in 2015. We are really the place to be."
These are the words of Diana Bracco, President of Expo2015 and General Section Commissioner for the Italian Pavillion, in occasion of her recent participation at the Mobility Conference 2015 in the Lombard capital. Numbers and data of relevance, which predict a semester - that of the Universal Exhibition in fact - of great success for Milan and the whole of Italy.
Bracco also spoke about the after Expo, referring to the future of the immence exhibition site area: "The project of Assolombarda to transform the Expo site into a research complex, an innovation cittadel, with the presence of multinational companies and laboratories, works well with the theme chosen by the Università Statale for a university complex in that area. It would be a great resource to see how to integrate all this with the presence of the Triennale. The fusion of these projects would be a unique occasion for Italy and companies, to bring back young resources or to keep them here."