The Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF), the biggest commercial expo, not only in Greece but in the entire Balkan region, opened in 1925 and the first event was organized in 1926. In September of each year (for 2014 from 06/09-14/09) a large number of exhibitors from various countries come to the TIF expo center (covering an area of 180,000 sq.m.) in the city center to showcase their products in specially designed stands.
During the fair, visitors to the city and the expo can attend parallel events such as concerts and many other similar activities. A highlight of the fair is the Greek Prime Minister's speech regarding the country's financial status.