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Thessaloniki International Fair

Thessaloniki International Fair 2017

The Thessaloniki International Fair (DETH - Diethnis Ekthesi Thessalonikis) is an annual commercial exhibition of great importance in Greece and Southeastern Europe, taking place at the International Exhibition Center in Thessaloniki, Greece. The fair was first held in 1926 and today is organised by HELEXPO in early September every year.

In 1925, a time when the 'Exhibition Concept' dominated Europe, MP Nikolaos Germanos submitted his innovative proposal for an international fair, the first in Greece to the then Ministry of National Economy. He asked for permission to materialize his inspiration, received it and was immediately dubbed the spiritual father of the TIF. A year later, on October 1926, the celebratory opening of the first Thessaloniki International Fair attracted the attention of the greatest Greek and foreign businessmen of the times, and, naturally, charmed their high society wives. An important chapter in the history of the area had just begun.

This year, the 82nd Thessaloniki International Fair is held between 9-17 September, attracting thousands of visitors from Greece and abroad. 


  • Major Greek artists will perform live on stage! Every day, the visitors and exhibitors of the 82nd TIF will be able to attend all concerts at no additional cost, simply with their TIF ticket.
  • During the 82nd TIF, visitors have the opportunity to tour the spectacular theme park "The Secret Worlds of Eugene Trivizas" inspired by the most popular fairy tales and heroes of the internationally renowned Greek writer. The admirers of Eugene Triviza's fairy tales, regardless of age, will live the unique experience of the original theme park in Pavilion #1. 

  • 60 years ago, during the 22nd Thessaloniki International Fair, Frappé, the popular Greek coffee, was invented. The "Frappé Museum" is dedicated to the history of coffee, to the myths and the truths that accompany it, as well as to the production process. The Nescafé Frappé beach bar operates on the terrace above, so that visitors can enjoy the authentic Nescafé Frappé experience in a setting inspired by the Greek summer.

  • China meets Greece in Thessaloniki this year, in the heart of Balkan exhibition activities. The 82nd TIF is giving Greek companies an opportunity for cooperation, information and ventures in general regarding China, allowing them to lay the groundwork for the conclusion of commercial partnerships in both directions. 


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