Thailand Expo 2010

World Expositions, or World Expos, are large-scale international exhibitions licensed to, and organized by, member countries of the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE). The BIE both supervises and regulates these expositions. (Although the Kingdom has been participating in international exhibitions since 1862, only in 1993 did Thailand join the BIE as an official member). In past decades, such events were denoted by various descriptors such as Universal Exhibition, International Exhibition, International Exposition, Universal Exposition, and World's Fair. Today the term World Exposition, or World Expo, is the official descriptor prescribed by the BIE. A World Expo today is regarded as the third most significant global event in terms of its economic and cultural impact, after the Olympic Games and the FIFA World Cup.