Norway government kills pavilion hope

I just needed to update this since a lot of you have been following the development in the case to get the Norway pavilion back on track. I recently received this message from Tone Nymoen, a dedicated person working in AmCham that has led the fight to get Norwegian government into the project. As of now, it seems really dark;

«After working with Disney for two year on trying to refurbish the Norwegian pavilion I am now sorry to say that we have given up.

Disney is not willing to spend any more time on this and I feel the window of opportunity is closing fast. I honestly think I have lifted every stone and explored every opportunity in this matter, but unfortunately have not been able to make any progress.

 

Nærings – og Handelsdepartementet wanted direct contact with Disney, but after a few phone calls these negotiations broke down. NHD wanted Disney to use the Innovation Norway film, but since that is already publicly available online Disney wouldn’t do it. This issue has been raised in Stortinget three times, lastly in the budget negotiations in December, but they have not been able to agree on using 5 million NOK on this. These 5 million was suppose to be the basis of the total amount of 20 million NOK, where the rest was suppose to come from Norwegian businesses. I had several interested candidates…

The whole thing has been very frustrating and time-consuming, and I really don’t like giving up, but it has become such a “prestige issue” that I am unable to get anywhere.

Disney will most likely, at some point, do something at the pavilion themselves, but Norway will not be able to partake in the decisions about what this should be.»

Im really sad, and I unfortunately realize that our government don’t really care about the pavilion.
We need to throw out these socialists of ours… My party (Liberals) and the other right political parties are for giving money to the pavilion.

Ill update if there should come some new information in this case.

Have a magical day!

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Om Alexander Sjursæther

This is a blog about my life as a Cultural Representative at the Norwegian Pavillion in Epcot 2011.
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4 svar til Norway government kills pavilion hope

  1. Nina-Martine sier:

    Uff, blir så irritert! Dette er jo et av verdens største turistdestinasjoner, og millioner av mennesker går gjennom den norske pavilijongen hvert år, og ser denne utdaterte filmen om Norge. Skjønner virkelig ikke hvorfor de ikke vil gjøre noe med dere, og få Norge til å fremstå slik det virkelig er i dag! Det er jo bare noe å vinne på dette!

  2. Jeg har helt ærlig ikke peiling på hva det er du snakker om, men skal den norske paviljongen legges ned? Jeg skal i alle fall ha telefonintervju og muligens reise allerede i oktober hvis ting går bra, så er det eventuelt på lenger sikt den skal legges ned?

    • Alexander Sjursæther sier:

      Hei. Den norske paviljongen legges nok ikke ned med det første.
      Det er bare det at Norge ikke bryr seg om paviljongen, og store danske selskap som LEGO er inne med prosjekter i paviljongen, som gjør at jeg ikke hadde blitt forundret dersom LEGO ville tatt over driften av deler/hele paviljongen.

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