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Written By : PETER LOMAS. Bernadette Rounds-Ganilau has an invitation for you. Come to Shanghai. Join the world at China’s spectacular global showcase, Expo 2010. While you’re there come visit
17 Apr 2010 12:00

image Written By : PETER LOMAS. Bernadette Rounds-Ganilau has an invitation for you.
Come to Shanghai. Join the world at China’s spectacular global showcase, Expo 2010.
While you’re there come visit her and all the rest of the large Pacific Islands contingent and their remarkable displays at the Pacific Pavilion.
Pacific Islands nations have one of the biggest pavilions of the 242 nations and international organisations represented in Expo 2010 Shanghai.
That is thanks to the generous Chinese support for Pacific participation.
Former Government Minister, broadcaster and enthusiastic advocate of trade and tourism development Mrs Round-Ganilau is now resident in China’s biggest and most modern city.
Mrs Round-Ganilau, from Suva, is Pacific Pavilion director for this six-month showcase of China and the world. She is busy. Expo 2010 opens in just 13 days.
So how are things shaping up?
Why does Mrs Rounds-Ganilau believe this an event not to be missed?
Why is it already being described internationally in such glowing terms as a sensationally dazzling display promoting business, science and technology. The largest and most lavish exposition in modern times.
And that’s before it even opens its doors.
Amidst the rush of the countdown to opening day, Mrs Rounds-Ganilau talked about the big Pacific Islands presence and what visitors can expect. She did so in a long-distance Suva-Shanghai interview.

Excerpts from her views:
ON the attractions of the Pacific Pavilion:
“The size for one – it measures 8400 square metres and is the fourth largest pavilion at Expo 2010 following China, the 40-member African states and then the Latino countries.
“Its interior design, whilst simple on the outside, is an amazing voyage of colour, traditional and contemporary handicraft and motifs, rainforest flora throughout, marine life images.
“For instance an 11-metre whale is suspended over the Kingdom of Tonga and a four-metre Nguzunguzu over the Solomon Islands
“And all within the theme of voyaging. I believe it is one of the most beautiful pavilions because we are low tech whilst everything around us is the opposite.”

ON why this event in China is important to countries like Fiji:
“China is an emerging market for the Pacific insofar as tourism is concerned and a potential partner for trade and investment.
“So this platform is an excellent opportunity for the region to capitalise on China and Expo 2010’s tremendous financial assistance to the Pacific to participate in Shanghai.
Bernadette Rounds-Ganilau has an invitation for you.
Come to Shanghai. Join the world at China’s spectacular global showcase, Expo 2010.
While you’re there come visit her and all the rest of the large Pacific Islands contingent and their remarkable displays at the Pacific Pavilion.
Pacific Islands nations have one of the biggest pavilions of the 242 nations and international organisations represented in Expo 2010 Shanghai.
That is thanks to the generous Chinese support for Pacific participation.
Former Government Minister, broadcaster and enthusiastic advocate of trade and tourism development Mrs Round-Ganilau is now resident in China’s biggest and most modern city.
Mrs Round-Ganilau, from Suva, is Pacific Pavilion director for this six-month showcase of China and the world. She is busy. Expo 2010 opens in just 13 days.
So how are things shaping up?
Why does Mrs Rounds-Ganilau believe this an event not to be missed?
Why is it already being described internationally in such glowing terms as a sensationally dazzling display promoting business, science and technology. The largest and most lavish exposition in modern times.
And that’s before it even opens its doors.
Amidst the rush of the countdown to opening day, Mrs Rounds-Ganilau talked about the big Pacific Islands presence and what visitors can expect. She did so in a long-distance Suva-Shanghai interview.

Excerpts from her views:
ON the attractions of the Pacific Pavilion:
“The size for one – it measures 8400 square metres and is the fourth largest pavilion at Expo 2010 following China, the 40-member African states and then the Latino countries.
“Its interior design, whilst simple on the outside, is an amazing voyage of colour, traditional and contemporary handicraft and motifs, rainforest flora throughout, marine life images.
“For instance an 11-metre whale is suspended over the Kingdom of Tonga and a four-metre Nguzunguzu over the Solomon Islands
“And all within the theme of voyaging. I believe it is one of the most beautiful pavilions because we are low tech whilst everything around us is the opposite.”

ON why this event in China is important to countries like Fiji:
“China is an emerging market for the Pacific insofar as tourism is concerned and a potential partner for trade and investment.
“So this platform is an excellent opportunity for the region to capitalise on China and Expo 2010’s tremendous financial assistance to the Pacific to participate in Shanghai.
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“There are 100 million people expected to attend this amazing six month event. If the Pacific hosted just 1% of this number, this would be the only opportunity for us to be exposed to so many people in a short space of time.
“Hence the need to be visible and to be there.”

ON the best months to visit the Expo:
“Any month from May 1st to October 31st is great. But the months of August, September and October are when most of the National Days of the countries are celebrated.
“And the hot weather has settled a bit and it’s a bit more comfortable for everyone.”

ON Expo highlights for her:
“Everything looks exciting but I have to say that I haven’t been inside any other pavilion.
“We haven’t got the time with the work we are carrying out preparing for the arrival of the staff and entertainers from the Pacific and the operations period of our pavilion.
“But without a doubt the magnificent China Pavilion is absolutely beautiful and stands above all other pavilions and can be seen for miles on the horizon of Shanghai city.
“It will open long after Expo finishes as the visitor numbers far exceed the 183 days of Expo – there will not be a free flow of traffic through the China Pavilion – every visitor has to book to visit it.”

ON Shanghai:
“I see that every citizen of Shanghai has made it their responsibility to ensure that Expo2010 is a huge success.
“The city is clean, flowers abound everywhere and the volunteers who I interviewed to work in the Pacific Pavilion assisting the countries with interpreting and guiding, all felt that they had a part to play in the smooth and successful hosting of Expo.
“Most said it was their honour to assist the Pacific Pavilion and her staff.”

ON early impressions:
“The planning, organising and managing of Expo 2010 has been an eye opener for me not only in terms of the billions of dollars utilised to plan, design and build the Expo site and fund regions like ours.
“But I see a trend of very young graduates, managing the many departments needed to facilitate the running of the event prior to and during Expo, being groomed as future young leaders of China.
“Our finance coordinator is only 23 and she’s brilliant.
Our accommodation coordinator is the same age and deals in millions of dollars worth of contracts daily and is never wrong.
“Their department heads or directors are outstanding and well known academics and professional business persons who lead by example the young people under their leadership and these directors are amiable and tremendously cooperative in assisting the participants.”

ON support from Air Pacific:
“Air Pacific has been outstanding in assisting the seven country destinations she plies – Tonga, Samoa, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Solomons and Vanuatu and, of course, Fiji.
“With very competitive prices, our budget has been able to accommodate the numbers that are travelling from the region to take part. “The Pacific Pavilion staff and entertainers travel arrangements are being managed by Air Pacific and the Expo authorities are very pleased with the service.
“We have also received two free tickets to the seven destinations via Nadi/HK return to give away on the National Days of these countries spread over the six months of Expo and that will be a great marketing opportunity for Air Pacific and the region.
“The new HK route is of great value to us in terms of access and the freedom of flying straight to HK from Nadi and then connecting to Shanghai all on the same day.”



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