Thessaloniki International Fair

The Thessaloniki International Fair (Greek: Διεθνής Έκθεση Θεσσαλονίκης, Diethnis Ekthesi Thessalonikis), abbreviated TIF (ΔΕΘ), 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. The United States were chosen as the honoured country for the 83rd Fair, opened on 8 September 2018[3] and India will be the honoured country for the 84th TIF in 2019.[4]

Thessaloniki International Fair
Διεθνής Έκθεση Θεσσαλονίκης
OTE Tower is a landmark of the complex and the city.
GenreFair, exhibition
Date(s)First Week of September
VenueHELEXPO Fair Grounds
Location(s)Thessaloniki, Macedonia
Coordinates40.6278°N 22.9554°E / 40.6278; 22.9554
Years active93
Previous event8–16 September 2018
Next event7–15 September 2019
Participants1,500 (2017)[1]
Attendance263,000 (2017)[2]
Area180,000 m2 (1,900,000 sq ft)
Organised byHELEXPO


The International Exhibition & Congress Centre of TIF HELEXPO is located in downtown Thessaloniki, with easy access from any location in the city and using any means of transportation.

With trade fairs and consumer exhibitions held throughout the year at exhibition premises of European Specifications, his is the most important exhibition organisation agency in Greece. At the heart of the city's history, adjacent to the Byzantine Museum and the Archaeological Museum, the International Exhibition Centres of TIF HELEXPO attract a wealth of conference events.

The TIF HELEXPO Exhibition Centre covers a total area of 180,000 sq.m., of which 62,000 sq.m. are indoor exhibition areas, distributed into a complex of 17 pavilions that are functionally designed and interconnected to serve the needs of each event. The exhibition facilities are complemented by conference centres, parking areas, sports and recreational facilities, catering areas, citizen service centres, museums, banks and developmental agency offices. This way, Thessaloniki International Exhibition Centre functions as a hub providing services that successfully meet the requirements of exhibitions, conferences and cultural events.[3][5][6]

Similar trade fairs of the city have occurred regularly since the Byzantine era, attracting traders from all over the Balkans.[7]


It has been customary for the country's prime minister to set out his government's policies for each coming year in a speech at the annual Thessaloniki International Trade Fair, and for this reason the event has political significance in addition to its commercial importance.[8][9]


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