New Zealand hunts for firms to operate Dubai Expo 2020 pavilion

New Zealand says Expo 2020 pavilion will feature an exhibition space, restaurant, hosting facilities and a design store
New Zealand hunts for firms to operate Dubai Expo 2020 pavilion
By Sam Bridge
Tue 07 Aug 2018 05:12 PM

New Zealand's preparation for Expo 2020 Dubai is ramping up with the search on for service providers to operate the country's pavilion.

New Zealand, one of the first countries to confirm participation in Expo 2020, said the theme for its pavilion will be Care for People and Place and will feature an exhibition space, restaurant, hosting facilities and a design store and will be located in the Sustainability District of Expo 2020.

"At Expo 2020, we want to give our pavilion visitors a top-quality and authentic New Zealand experience," said Clayton Kimpton, New Zealand's commissioner-general to Expo 2020.

He said the country has begun procurement for service providers that will run the pavilion's operations, hospitality and retail design store.

"The restaurant and hospitality offering should feature the very best of New Zealand food and beverage and we're looking for a design store that conveys a contemporary and innovative New Zealand, a country that is good for the world," he added.

The pavilion is designed by New Zealand architecture firm Jasmax and inspired by beautifully carved treasure boxes that were made by Maoris, the indigenous people of New Zealand, to hold items of considerable intrinsic value.

Expo 2020 Dubai is the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, South Asia or Africa. Around 180 nations will participate in the six-month event that is expected to attract 25 million visitors.

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