Posidonia - 2022
Posidonia Exhibitions SA is a leading organiser of trade fairs in Greece, and operates through its headquarters located in Piraeus, Greece. Posidonia Exhibitions SA has specialised in trade fairs regarding the international shipping and sea tourism industries. The company is the organiser of Posidonia, the international shipping exhibition, the Posidonia Maritime Policy Forum, a one-day conference addressing issues of importance to the international shipping community, and the Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum, an international conference and exhibition about sea tourism.
- Event Type:
- Trade Show/Exhibition
- Jun. 6-10, 2022
- 4-6 Efplias Street, Piraeus
- Athens , Greece
Posidonia, the international shipping exhibition, has long been established as one of the major calendar events of the shipping industry, and Posidonia 2018 attracted the most influential personalities from the Greek and international shipping community and major companies and organisations active in all sectors of the shipping industry. The international exhibition Posidonia first took place in 1969 and has been taking place every two years ever since.
Posidonia 2018 was the largest in terms of exhibition space and most publicised event in the exhibitions’ 50-year history and has become the largest trade show in Greece. Posidonia 2018 welcomed 2,009 exhibiting companies from 92 countries & territories and was attended by 23,527 visitors from 104 countries. In total the exhibition was attended by 39,485 participants including exhibitors, visitors and media representatives. The exhibition had 22 national pavilions from the following countries and territories: Austria, Bahamas, Brazil, Cayman Islands, China, Cyprus, Denmark, Georgia, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, Republic of Korea, Liberia, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Poland, Singapore, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the USA.
Posidonia not only serves as a bridge linking the international shipping industry with the Greek shipowners, who operate the largest fleet globally of over 4,000 vessels, the largest under the control of any national group, but also serves as the platform that brings international shipowners in touch with the latest developments in the shipping industry and offers them direct access to the entire range of shipping products and services available on the international shipping market.
To promote Posidonia sales worldwide, Posidonia Exhibitions SA has agreements with international selling agents in the U.S.A., United Kingdom and Hong Kong. Posidonia’s international selling agents are The Maritime Executive in the U.S.A., Informa Markets/ Seatrade in the United Kingdom and Informa Markets in Hong Kong.
The Greek Prime Minister traditionally inaugurates the exhibition, in the presence of Heads of State from major shipping nations, foreign Ministers, EU Commissioners, Secretary Generals of International Organisations, Chairmen of International Associations and Organisations and leading personalities of the world of shipping, trade and finance.
In 2006, Posidonia was for the first time awarded the US Trade Fair Certification, which proved extremely useful in recruiting US companies. Posidonia has been receiving the certification ever since and is the only exhibition in Greece to be awarded this status.
During Posidonia week, a number of networking sporting events take place including, the Posidonia Cup sailing race in Faliron Bay, Piraeus, the Posidonia Shipsoccer Tournament, a one-day 5x5 soccer tournament for the shipping industry, the Posidonia Golf Tournament, as well as the Posidonia Running Event in Piraeus. In 2022, a Squash as well as Basketball tournament will be added to the Posidonia sports events agenda.
Posidonia makes an essential contribution to the Greek economy every two years, with its thousands of visitors and exhibitors boosting the tourist industry and related sectors, as more than 10,000 people visit our country for the exhibition. Specifically, it is estimated that some €60 million are generated throughout Posidonia week by exhibitor and visitor spending on hotels, restaurants, business meetings, hospitality events, stand constructions, transportations, customs clearance and movement of exhibits etc. Moreover, such a high quality event taking place in Athens promotes Greece and the city itself as an ideal destination for major international trade events, contributing to the future development of the MICE sector in the region, and also projecting a positive image of Greece to the world.
Posidonia is organised under the auspices of the Ministry of Maritime Affairs & Insular Policy, the Union of Greek Shipowners, and the Hellenic Chamber of Shipping, and with the support of the Municipality of Piraeus and the Greek Shipping Co-operation Committee.
The Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum, launched in 2011, has quickly established itself as a leading business platform for global cruising and yachting industry decision makers and governments, tourism bodies, regulators and ports and destinations from the entire Mediterranean. The biennial forum examines the need for new facilities, infrastructure and services as well as prospective joint ventures that are expected to result in important benefits for Greece as well as the countries in the wider Eastern Med region.
Top executives representing the most important international cruise and yachting companies participate, share their insight and know-how with the Forum’s audience and discuss business with exhibitors and participants. The event also enjoys the active support of CLIA Europe and MedCruise.
Since its inception, new focused workshops and seminars have been added to the Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum’s agenda, generating further growth. With approx. 1,000 participants and 35 exhibitors from over 20 countries and territories participating in this industry focused dialogue, the Posidonia Sea Tourism Forum has become the landmark event for the sea tourism industry in the Eastern Mediterranean.
The Greek fleet Builds on its Strengths
Posidonia brings the whole shipping world to its exhibitors. The international shipping community attends in strength with national pavilions and thousands of visitors. But Posidonia is also home to the owners of the world’s largest merchant ?eet. Greece, a top ship- owning nation, operating 20% of global and 50% of European capacity, represents a multi-billion dollar opportunity for shipbuilders and for suppliers of marine equipment, information technology and the whole spectrum of marine services. While the top ten largest fleets in the world recently lost value, the upgrading of the Greek fleet has kept its worth above $100bn. At the same time Greek owners have been ordering new vessels in the shipyards of Japan, China and South Korea. Oil tankers and LNG and LPG carriers are all under construction, along with dry bulk carriers and container ships.
The Greek Shipping Cluster
Greece is the home of the world’s largest shipping community and the cluster of over 5,000 companies established or represented in Greece includes many of the world’s best owners, managers and service companies supporting their operations. More shipping capacity is managed from Greece than anywhere else. 75 operators run fleets each of more than 1m dwt capacity and there are 64 fleets of 20 ships or more.
The Posidonia Opportunity
The needs of the Greek shipping cluster have led to the growth of a strong maritime community. Banks, classification societies, law firms, shipbrokers, ship registries and insurers see Greek operators as being among their most important customers. Many international companies have made Piraeus their second base after home headquarters. Hundreds of service providers, technical firms, equipment makers and ship yards also have a presence in the cluster, playing their part in the operation of some 4,000 Greek-owned ships over 1,000grt each.
Posidonia takes its exhibitors to the heart of this community with exclusive access to owners and management keen to engage with suppliers and services for their shipping operations and fleet renewal. Technical and operations executives from all over the world will be keen to engage with exhibitors – not only to discuss solutions but to make decisions. Posidonia is known for the business done in its exhibition halls. No other shipping event is attended by as many Greek and international shipowners and shipping executives.
And Posidonia is more than an exhibition
Posidonia week also includes an extended conference, seminars and technical workshops programme. The popular programme of main conference sessions, focused workshops and seminars will be further developed at Posidonia 2022. Chaired by industry leaders, there will be lively discussion and debate on issues, challenges and opportunities facing the industry. Posidonia 2022 will again host the Tradewinds Shipowners Forum at the Posidonia Conference Hall on Tuesday 7 June.
The fun side of Posidonia: The Posidonia Games
A highly popular part of the Posidonia business and social mix, the games appeal to the competitive nature of shipping professionals. The Posidonia Games programme includes the exciting Posidonia Cup yacht race, the hugely popular five-a-side Posidonia Shipsoccer Tournament, the prestigious Posidonia Golf Tournament, the massive Posidonia Running Event and the newly launched Posidonia Basketball Tournament.