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84th Thessaloniki International Fair, 07-15/09/2019, Thessaloniki, Greece
Thessaloniki International Fair, abbreviated TIF, is an annual international exhibition event held in Thessaloniki, Greece's second-largest city.
It has been held in the first week of September since 1926, and its opening is traditionally marked by a series of programmatical statements by the Prime Minister of Greece.
For this reason TIF has political significance in addition to its commercial importance. This year, the Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will use his speech at TIF to present the government’s economic policy for the coming year and a strategy for northern Greece, where Thessaloniki will play a leading role.
TIF is considered the "mother" of all exhibitions in Greece. It is the largest exhibition event of the country and the Balkans with B2B, B2C and B2G organisational features. Focusing on entrepreneurship and innovation, TIF promotes the Greek economy and is a valuable tool for promoting and achieving trade cooperation, mainly on the wider region of Southeast Europe.
At the same time, it is a nursery for the development of new thematic exhibitions and other events, with international character.
This September’s TIF will host India as the Honoured Country, one of the largest and most rapidly growing economies in the world.
Companies from a broad range of important sectors of the economy will be dynamically present at the 84th TIF, such as: IT, pharmaceutical, shipping (logistics and crew placement), space technologies, agriculture and food, tourism, engineering and infrastructure, car parts, textiles, etc.
At the same time, a number of side events are organised during the TIF, aiming to present products, services and innovative ideas to the public. Symposiums, workshops, discussions, demonstrations and shows are included and add to the event daily.
Some of Greece’s most popular artists will also perform during TIF, creating a festive atmosphere both for city residents and visitors.
Over 200,000 guests are expected to attend Thessaloniki International Fair 2019.
The 84th TIF kicked off on Saturday (Sept.7) with 1600 (direct and indirect) exhibitors, participants from 18 countries (Cyprus, Uruguay, Luxembourg, Portugal, Slovakia, Poland, Indonesia, Romania, Bangladesh, Serbia, Russia, Nepal, Iran, Italy, Egypt, China, Bulgaria) and India as the Honoured Country.
More than three hundred businesses from all over Greece also participated under the umbrella of the Union of Hellenic Chambers.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis inaugurated the 84th TIF over the weekend. During
the customary Prime Minister's speech on the government's economic policy, Mr Mitsotakis presented a “Revival and Progress Pact” for Greece and pointed out that growth and investment will be at the core of the government’s thinking.
On the opening day of the 84th TIF on Saturday, the Greek PM visited the stand of India and made statements regarding the close relations Greece has with the country.
In a meeting held on the sidelines of the 84th TIF on Sunday (Sept. 8), the Greek Development and Investment Minister Adonis Georgiadis discussed with India’s Minister of Commerce and Industry, Shri Hardeep Singh Puri, the prospects for economic, trade and investment opportunities between the two countries. Also present at the meeting was Greek Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Konstantinos Fragogiannis.
TIF will close on Sept. 15. It remains to be seen which will be the honoured country in 2020.
Venue: Thessaloniki International Exhibition & Congress Centre, 154 Egnatias Street, 546 36 Thessaloniki, Greece