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Athens News Agency: News in English, 05-09-06

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From: The Athens News Agency at <http://www.ana.gr/>

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  • [01] Greece launches dynamic presence in tourism fair in Cairo
  • [02] Thessaloniki International Fair expects record number of visitors

  • [01] Greece launches dynamic presence in tourism fair in Cairo

    Egypt‚s Prime Minister Ahmed Najif on Tuesday expressed his admiration over Greece‚s upgraded presence at this year‚s International Tourism Fair, which officially opened its gates to the public on Tuesday in Cairo.

    The Egyptian PM congratulated the president of Greece‚s National Tourism Organisation Aristides Kalogeropoulos for Greece‚s dynamic participation in the tourism fair which brings together 190 countries around the world.

    In his reply, Kalogeropoulos stressed that Egypt always was a priority country for tourism development in the region together with Greece.

    The two countries have developed a closer tourism cooperation in the last few months after an official visit by Tourism Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos to Cairo at the end of May. The visit helped laying the foundations for a new era in bilateral relations.

    Cyprus also participates in the Cairo Tourism Fair. The Island Republic is represented by Tourism Minister George Lillikas.

    National Tourism Organisation‚s president also met with Turkey‚s Tourism Minister Attila Koc in the sidelines of the international fair in Cairo.

    Tunis is the honoured country in this year‚s fair.

    [02] Thessaloniki International Fair expects record number of visitors

    A total of 1,070 exhibitors will participate in this year‚s Thessaloniki International Trade Fair, due to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis on Friday. The 70th TIF will cover an area of 44,000 square metres with Helexpo SA, the organisor of the fair, seeking to attract a record-number of visitors through a series of cultural events such as as concerts, art exhibitions and fashion shows with an entry fare of five euros.

    Helexpo‚s president Aristotelis Thomopoulos, speaking to reporters during a news conference, said the company‚s new strategic planning would ensure its profitability and announced that the new strategy focused on the business field with the organising of the 1st International Business Conference (September 14-16), the Global Exchange, the Expopartenariat and the BOSS programme.

    This year‚s fair will take place at Helexpo‚s recently renovated centre with 833 direct and 237 indirect exhibitors from 28 countries around the world (up from 20 last year).

    Official national participations rose to 21 this year from 13 in 2004 and include Egypt, Armenia, Bulgaria, Brazil, France, Germany, US, Japan, Italy, Israel, India, Indonesia, Cyprus, Hungary, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, Serbia-Montenegro, Slovakia, Syria and Turkey.

    Greek Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis is expected to deliver his traditional inauguration speech on Friday presenting the government‚s economic policy directions and to visit TIF‚s facilities on Saturday. Other politica party leaders are expected to visit TIF next week with George Papandreou, main opposition PASOK party leader, to hold a news conference on Sunday, 18 September.

    Speaking to reporters, Dimitris Bakatselos, Thessaloniki International Trade Fair president, said he would present to the Prime Minister a programme of rebuilding the trade centre and said that TIF‚s telecommunications tower would be delivered to the public at the end of October after completing a renovation project worth 1.35 billion euro.


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