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
Thessaloniki International Fair logo
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°37′40″N 22°57′19″E / 40.6278°N 22.9554°ECoordinates: 40°37′40″N 22°57′19″E / 40.6278°N 22.9554°E
Years active92
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


A Szaloniki Nemzetközi Vásár (ma HELEXPO) kiállítási területe. Fortepan 93026
Snapshot from the 1964 event

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]


THESSALONIKI - panoramio (2)

The entrance

Συνέντευξη Τύπου του Αλεξη Τσιπρα το 2012 στην ΔΕΘ

Syriza political party press conference


International Fair area

Crowd attending the speech of George A. Papandreou at the Velideio, Thessaloniki International Fair

Crowd attending the speech of George Papandreou at the Velideio Center


  1. ^ ΚΟΤΡΩΝΑΚΗΣ, ΣΤΕΦΑΝΟΣ (9 September 2017). "Αλέξης Τσίπρας: Προβολή στο μέλλον η 82η ΔΕΘ (video)". Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  2. ^ parallaxi (18 September 2017). "263.724 επισκέπτες 82η στην καλύτερη ΔΕΘ της δεκαετίας". Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  3. ^ a b "ΕΙΣΑΓΩΓΗ – Καλώς ήρθατε στην 83η ΔΕΘ". Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  4. ^ "India to be Honoured Country at Thessaloniki International Trade Fair 2019". ELINEPA, 2018.
  5. ^ "Η ιστορία της ΔΕΘ, ιστορία της Θεσσαλονίκης". Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  6. ^ "Διεθνής Έκθεση Θεσσαλονίκης". Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  7. ^ Paul Magdalino, The Empire of Manuel I Komnenos, 143–144
  8. ^ "ΓΙΑΤI ΝΑ ΣΥΜΜΕΤΕΧΩ – Καλώς ήρθατε στην 83η ΔΕΘ". Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  9. ^ "82η ΔΕΘ: Η μεγαλύτερη της δεκαετίας 1.500 εκθέτες, 18 διεθνείς συμμετοχές, Κίνα Τιμώμενη Χώρα". Retrieved 7 September 2018.

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