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Thessaloniki International Trade Fair

The Thessaloniki International Fair (Greek: Διεθνής Έκθεση Θεσσαλονίκης (ΔΕΘ), Diethnis Ekthesi Thessalonikis (DETH)) is an annual commercial exhibition event of great importance in Greece and Southeastern Europe, taking place at the 180,000m² Thessaloniki International Exhibition Center in Thessaloniki, Greece. The fair was first held in 1926 and today is organised by HELEXPO.

Thessaloniki International Fair
Διεθνής Έκθεση Θεσσαλονίκης
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Thessaloniki International Trade Fair logo
OTE Tower is a landmark of the complex and the city.
Status Active
Genre Fair, exhibition
Begins First Week of September
Ends After a week
Frequency Annually
Venue HELEXPO Fair Grounds
Location(s) Thessaloniki, Macedonia
Country Greece
Years active 91
Inaugurated 1926
Most recent 9-17/9/2017
Next event 8-16/9/2018
Participants 1500 (2017)[1]
Attendance 263.000 (2017)[2]
Organised by HELEXPO



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][4][5]

Similar trade fairs of the city have occurred regularly since the Byzantine era, attracting traders from all over the Balkans.[6]


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.[7][8]



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Coordinates: 40°37′37″N 22°57′18″E / 40.6270°N 22.9550°E / 40.6270; 22.9550