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Posidonia in Athens - June 4-8 2012
It is the most eagerly anticipated event in the maritime calendar, a must-attend forum for the global shipping community. Carrying almost symbolic connotations for Greece’s most prolific of industry sectors it combines business, networking and recreation all in one package.
The ultimate biennial shipping trade event is once again on our doorstep, albeit a different one; for the first time in its 43 year-long history, its thousands of exhibitors and visitors will go through the gates of the Metropolitan Expo Centre, the state-of-the-art exhibition venue near Athens’ Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport. Spanning 46,000 square meters, the venue will further improve the image and appeal of Posidonia as the shipping industry’s finest forum and be able to comfortably accommodate exhibitors and the anticipated 17,000 visitors from nearly 90 countries who will come to Greece specifically for the exhibition. This is the fourth venue to host the exhibition following Zappeion, which hosted the first four editions in the 60s and 70s, the Passenger Terminal of OLP in Piraeus which hosted Posidonia from 1976 until 2004, before it moved to the Hellenicon Exhibition Centre at Athens’ old international airport site.
For almost half a century, Posidonia keeps constantly reinventing itself. This year in particular, apart from the switch to a new venue, the organizers are introducing the very first Posidonia Conference and Seminars program, a comprehensive schedule of meetings designed to bring together decision-makers and thought leaders from a wide range of shipping industry sectors to discuss financing, shipbuilding, technology and environmental policies. The program will take place within the fully equipped halls and seminar rooms of the conference facilities of the Metropolitan Expo Centre.
And the busy recreational calendar of the Posidonia week has been enriched this year with the inclusion of the Posidonia Golf Tournament, which joins sailing and football as the third sporting event Posidonia exhibitors and visitors can participate in. Teeing off at the idyllic environment of the Glyfada Golf Course, next to Athens’ picturesque waterfront, the tournament is expected to create new networking opportunities for attendees of the world’s most prestigious maritime affair.
“Posidonia has grown from strength to strength and keeps adding fresh components to enhance the overall experience of our exhibitors and visitors and maximize the potential networking and new business opportunities of the forum,” said Theo Vokos, Project Director, Posidonia Exhibitions S.A.
“The success and global appeal of Posidonia that has fuelled its journey of the past five decades is mainly due to the consistent pursuit for perfection and differentiation from other events which target the same audience. I guess Posidonia carries with it a tradition which is associated with Greece’s rich seafaring heritage and the unique