A total of 192 countries, including the UK, France and Japan, and 50 international organizations will participate, and organizers are expecting 70 million visitors, according to the Expo’s website.
Holding hotel rates for Expo
The experience of the hotels in Hainan over the spring break has taught the hoteliers of China that you can be too greedy. That massive increases can backfire.
For Expo 2010 there will be special deals available. For the whole of the Expo, Marriott promises 20% off stays of two nights or more, and the package includes two single-day admission tickets. Rates start at about $161 a night.
Hilton is offering the same discount for any reservation made 21 days in advance at the Hilton Shanghai. There’s no minimum stay, but rates start at about $216 a night.
The Shanghai Metropole Hotel, a 141-room hotel near the Bund, has rooms from $80 a night. The New York Times reports that ChinaHotels.org, a hotel booking site based in China, has rooms for as little as $25 a night.
Daily Telegraph reported Home Inns & Hotels Management Inc., China’s second-biggest budget hotel operator, said this year’s World Expo in Shanghai will boost room rates by as much as 20% which seems very acceptable.
Home Inns has 61 hotels in Shanghai, which plays host to the World Expo May 1 to Oct. 31.