EXPO Cyprus opens its gates on May 13

EXPO Cyprus opens its gates on May 13

The revamped international trade fair EXPO Cyprus 2015 opens its gates to visitors from May 13 to May 17.

Organised by the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) and IMH and under the aegis of the Ministry of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism, the fair will use all the facilities of the State Fairs Authority grounds and will include exhibitors on furniture, property, construction, energy, heating and cooling, technology, home appliances, garden, motor vehicles, holidays, food and drink, entertainment, arts & crafts and services.

The fair is organised by the private sector for the first time since the Cyprus State Fairs Authority, which has been in charge in the past of such events, has been shut down.

As IMH Director General Giorgos Michael said the fair aspires to become the biggest trade event for 2015 and the total cost of its promotion will be over 400,000 euro.

The public will have the opportunity to watch competitions on cooking, song and dance while various shows will also take place in the grounds. Concerts, children`s plays and book presentations will also take place.

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades will officially open the fair on May 13.

Addressing a press conference announcing the fair, Minister of Energy, Commerce, Trade and Tourism Yiorgos Lakkotrypis said that the ministry supports and welcomes both specialised and general trade fairs. Already, he added, there four successful specialised fairs have taken place on the grounds of the State Fair Authority from September to December 2014.

“Without doubt these fairs act as a platform of contacts and opportunities for the better information and networking of Cypriots and foreign businessmen and of importers to Cyprus. We expect that EXPO Cyprus 2015 will contribute positively to entrepreunership in our country and our economy`s openness,” he said.

On his part CCCI President Feidias Pilides said that the main goal is to rekindle businesses interest to take part in the new international fair and the people`s interest to visit it.

He added that such fairs have and will continue to be the most effective way of promoting products and services, while for consumers the easiest and more efficient way to make their purchases.

Despite the economic crisis, there is optimism that new efforts will be successful, Pilides said.

CNA/EPH/MM/2015
ENDS, CYPRUS NEWS AGENCY