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All's Fair
February 6, 2008   
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Tomasz Raczyński, president of Kolporter Expo, a company that operates the Expo Silesia exhibition center in the southern city of Sosnowiec, Upper Silesia, talks to Michał Jeziorski.

Expo Silesia opened in January. Where did the idea for the center come from?
When you look at the Polish exhibition market, you will see that the country's fast economic growth has in a way caught exhibition organizers by surprise. The number of exhibitors wanting to showcase their businesses at a professional exhibition is growing, while the organizational resources are insufficient, particularly in terms of modern exhibition facilities capable of hosting big events.

This problem is well known to all exhibitors. For them, modern exhibition infrastructure is one of the most important issues. The Expo Silesia center in Sosnowiec, Upper Silesia, meets the highest European standards and is the most modern exhibition facility in Poland. It is functional and comfortable.

What makes Expo Silesia different from other exhibition facilities in the country?
Its greatest advantage is its location in the middle of a large regional market. The facility is close to two international airports, Cracow-Balice and Katowice-Pyrzowice, as well as the A4 freeway and expressways that provide excellent transportation access for both domestic and foreign exhibitors.

Expo Silesia is located next to the Cracow-Katowice expressway and just 2 km from the S1 expressway, which connects Warsaw with Cieszyn. The A4 freeway is just a 10-minute drive away. The center of Katowice is within a similar distance. The center's location in Silesia, a market of 8 million consumers and Poland's biggest conurbation less than an hour's drive from Cracow, provides ideal conditions for the development of the exhibition industry.

People are our other asset. Kolporter Expo staff includes young and experienced managers who know the exhibition market very well. They are professionals with great potential and creativity.

Professional services, modern technology, and a comfortable facility with a convenient location-all this explains why our events attract foreign companies and encourage domestic exhibitors to participate.

What are your plans for this year?
This year, Expo Silesia will host a dozen or so exhibitions, from specialized events to big international industry fairs. Most these events will be related to the Silesian economy. To begin with, we held the International Fair of Racing Pigeons, an event that drew 130 companies from six countries and over 15,000 visitors.

One of the most important events this year will be the World Mining Expo 2008. Expo Silesia will also host events such as the International Fair for Corrosion Protection; the International Fair of Tourism, Recreation and Leisure; the International Welding Fair; the Fair of Fitness, Health and Beauty; the International Fair of the Automotive Industry and Technologies; the Silesia Building Exhibition; the Logistics, Warehousing and Transport Fair; the Silesian Pharmaceutical Fair; and the International Fair for Metals and Steel.
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