CONFERENCES & EXHIBITIONS
Thessaloniki in recent years has dynamically entered the sector of hosting major international conferences and exhibitions. Its strategic location in Greece and Europe, the ease of access to all means of transportation, the fast transfer into the city, the conference and hotel infrastructure, the rich cultural heritage of 2,300 years, the vibrant nightlife and the Mediterranean vitality, make the city considerable force in the conference tourism sector and international job fairs. It is already recorded in 108 leading cities in the world that host international conferences, according to the global ranking of cities – conference destinations (points of International Congress & Convention Association – ICCA 2014) and the upward course continues. Thessaloniki has an airport, the International Macedonia airport, which connects the city with about 31 countries (depending on the season), 19 conference / exhibition centers offering high-quality services and 39 hotels with conference & meeting facilities, having the opportunity to host not only a small event but also a major conference of 5,000 people. Important events and global conferences such as the World Universities Debating Championships 2016, the World Rowing Coastal Championship 2014, the World Congress «GEOBIA 2014», the FIMBA World Maxi Basketball Championship 2013 and Womex 2012, hosted in the city while Thessaloniki was the European Capital of Culture in 1997 and the 2014 European Youth capital. With claims to the conference tourism, Thessaloniki earned with its distinctive advantages the confidence of the professionals.