Turkey’s biggest fair area, located in the Gaziemir district of the Aegean province of Izmir, officially opened with the start of the MARBLE International Natural Stone and Technologies Fair on March 25.
The area of “Fair Izmir” cost a total of 400 million Turkish Lira to build, spent by the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality.A total of 40 million lira was spent in the acquisition of the 337,000 square-meter area. Fair Izmir includes four closed and one open exhibition areas with the space of the exhibition halls totaling 90,000 square meters.
In addition, the amount of investment is estimated to be around 600 million Turkish Lira, along with junction and monorail projects.The opening ceremony of Fair Izmir saw high ranking officials, including main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıcdaroglu, Deputy Parliament Speaker Guldal Mumcu, ızmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Aziz Kocaoglu, and ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) Provincial Head Bulent Delican.
“We laid the foundations of the fair area two years ago. Now we are putting it into service.In addition, Izmir Mayor Aziz Kocaoglu indicated that the history of fair is being rewritten.
“This fair means economy, trade, tourism and employment as well as income, food and abundance. It also stands for investment, competition and cooperation,” said Kocaoglu, adding that the complex is a key piece in local development goals.
“Fair Izmir is a significant springboard for Izmir. It will help the city accomplish its goals. The complex will accelerate Izmir in terms of employment and economics,” Can said.