The BIE is the Intergovernmental Organization in charge of overseeing and regulating all international exhibitions that last more than three weeks and are of non commercial nature ("Expos"). Today, 4 main types of Expos are organized under its auspices: World Expos, International Specialized Expos, Horticultural Exhibitions and the Design Triennale of Milan.

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Our mission is to guarantee the quality and the success of these world events, protect the rights of their organizers and participants and preserve their core values of Education, Innovation and Cooperation. We do this by:

  • Choosing the host countries of future Expos
  • Providing candidate and host countries with our expertise in event management, national branding and public diplomacy
  • Regulating the organization of the event and making sure the host country and all participants respect the Convention of the BIE and the rules of the Expo

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From the 31 countries that created the BIE in 1928, the Organization has grown to 168 Member States, as a result of the success and the appeal of Expos. The BIE Member States take part in all the decisions of the BIE and they strive to continually improve the quality of Expos. The headquarters of the BIE are located in Paris.

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