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216,364 visitors at the 80th TIF Event

216,364 visitors at the 80th TIF Event

The 80th TIF event notched top numbers of visitors; the public got carried away by the festive air of this anniversary event. For the second consecutive year, the Fair cleared the barrier of 200,000 visitors, achieving six-digit figures, despite the harsh economic conditions and the adversities of recent years. Thessaloniki stood by its Fair: 216,364 visitors entered the gates of the 80th anniversary event. People responded enthusiastically to the invitation of TIF-HELEXPO with its rich programme, featuring all sorts of shows, blending commerce and business with culture, entertainment and social solidarity. It is indicative that approximately 170,000 people visited the 'Enchanted' statues, which literally cast a spell over the public.

TIF-HELEXPO administration and employees would like to thank all participants in the 80th TIF event who celebrated its 'birthday' organised by the national exhibition agency in such dire circumstances. The countdown has already started for the 81st TIF event.

Pavilion 3, where the 'Enchanted' welcomed visitors, also held the exhibition titled 'The most important inventions and musical instruments of Ancient Greece'. This will close for a short period for maintenance works and will re-open in early October. The exhibition of ancient inventions and musical instruments will be open for school visits at a small admission fee, while the 'Enchanted' can be visited free of charge and will remain in the city, at Thessaloniki International Exhibition Centre, until the Ministry of Culture, in cooperation with the central municipality and competent agencies, decides the venue where they will be placed.  At that time, TIF-HELEXPO will donate the statues to the city. The working hours of Pavilion 3 will be announced soon.