2014 -the most successful Posidonia ever!
Thomas Miller (Hellas) Ltd. had its most successful Posidonia party yet when more than an estimated 700, P&I, Defence, Hellenic War Risks, and ITIC Members, together with, brokers, lawyers, surveyors and other shipping service providers attended the open office event on the afternoon of Thursday 5 June 2014 at the 5th floor 93 Akti Miaouli.
Posidonia is the most renowned commercial exhibition in shipping and it took place at the Metropolitan Expo near the new airport on the outskirts of Athens from 2 to 6 June. The whole event is a networker's heaven and combines a unique mix of business and pleasure with many, dinners, receptions, luxury yacht trips and events supplementing the, exhibition, seminars and business meetings. It is not uncommon to attend several receptions every evening through until the early hours. There are so many receptions and parties that they begin up to a week before the exhibition. The Author was out every evening/night for 10 days in a row!
The Thomas Miller reception traditionally comes towards the end of the exhibition week and with the end in sight it gives those attending an opportunity to wind down and enjoy good food and good company overlooking the Piraeus cruise terminal (unfortunately without any cruise ships docked this time).
The events during the early part of the week were plagued by cool temperatures and rain which had deposited dirty dust and sand, blown over from North Africa, everywhere. However on the 5 June the weather turned in our favour back to the usual seasonal clear sky with the temperature at around 30C.
Several desks were dismantled and removed to make way for the bar and catering areas. Our caterers, from the Athens Ledra Hotel, did us proud once again with the now famous, oriental style buffet, sushi and duck rolls. On a hot day the Movenpick ice cream proved popular with Phil Clacy seen negotiating around the chocolate fountain and making several visits to the cart. The exact details of the quantity of food and drink consumed are not yet known but will far exceed previous consumptions.
The feedback from all those who attended was extremely positive.
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