The final touches are being put to the Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) which will run from September 6-14 and is expected to draw more than 250,000 visitors. The trade fair will host 700 exhibitors, down from more than 1,000 last year. Thirty countries are expected to take part, including Bulgaria, Pakistan, Indonesia and Brazil. Italy will be this year’s honoured country. The American-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce will not take part in this year’s TIF, despite its involvement in the exhibition for nearly 50 years, due to the lack of interest shown by US companies. Prime Minister Costas Karamanlis is scheduled to make an annual keynote economic speech at the fair on September 6.