The 80th International Fair has opened in the western province of Izmir.
Cahit Kirac, governor of the province, said at the opening, "Izmir has a long history of fairs and trade shows. Now, Izmir is among candidates to host EXPO 2020. We call on everyone including politicians, non-governmental organizations, press organs, businessmen, industrialists and citizens to support us in this process."
Meanwhile, Culture & Tourism Minister Ertugrul Gunay opened stand of Austria, partner country of this year's trade show.
He thanked Austrian Minister for Economics, Family, & Youth Reinhold Mitterlehner for taking part in the event.
Mitterlehner extended Austria's support to Izmir's candidacy to host EXPO 2020.
The theme of this year's trade show is "Environment and Environment Technologies".
The fair also features IEF Environment Summit on September 15 and 17.
Austria is the partner of Turkey's first international trade show this year.
As the partner country, Austria has a 600-square metre stand.
The event brings together Turkish and Austrian investors at four different events about environment, urban planning, tourism and alternative architecture.
A total of 1,083 companies including 256 foreign firms from Austria, People's Republic of China, Germany, Romania, Kuwait, Indonesia, Ukraine, Poland, Iran, Iraq and Slovenia take part in the fair.
Some 1.5 million people are expected to visit the trade show which will remain open till September 18.
The 80th IEF takes place at Izmir Kulturpark International Fair Center.
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