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Expo 2000 Offers Discount Tickets

June 12, 2000

HANOVER, Germany (AP) _ Faced with fewer than expected visitors and a looming deficit, organizers of Germany’s first-ever world’s fair said Monday they would offer cut-rate evening tickets for a limited time.

Expo 2000 managing director Reinhard Volk said the evening tickets _ good after 7 p.m. _ would be reduced from 24 marks to 10 marks ($12 to $5) starting Wednesday, the 10th anniversary of the day Germany won permission to stage the world’s fair.

The reduced price would remain in effect through July 2, he said, adding that free parking and specials at the restaurants on the fair grounds would also be offered.

Expo officials say attendance at the 2-week-old fair has averaged only 60,000 a day, well below the projected 150,000. Lawmakers have called on the fair to cut ticket prices, which range up to 89 marks ($43).

Michel Golibrzuch, a Greens party finance expert in Hanover, where the fair is located, warned over the weekend that the five-month event could rack up a total loss of up to 1.2 billion marks ($585 million) if things don’t improve.

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