|HOW IT ALL WENT DOWN UNDER THE PAVILION TENTS OR HOW TO ORGANIZE A BUS EXPO|
| We begin this piece by expressing our gratitude. Our most sincere and heartfelt gratitude – towards Mr. Chakaryan, who demonstrated a great level of understanding and courage and had the good grace to allow the construction of these pavilion tents over a total area of 150m2 at the capital bus station “Serdika” and who realised that this event was in the best interest of us all, both professionals working at bus companies, and clients thereof.
Intrinsically, the idea to organise such an event originated about a year ago. It was at that point that the associates at our editorial offices conceived the fact that attention towards bus companies needs to have its own high point. An event which would help turn people’s attention towards us and which would also act as a unifying concept in an attempt to work towards solving the problems that are present in our sector. An event which was to be organised BY the business FOR the business and which would need to be carried out as close to our business’ stamping ground as possible.
That is precisely why there was not a hint of hesitation when we chose our event’s location – bus station “Serdika”. This is a place where people understand the problems related to our business; a venue where a large portion of bus companies are represented with their own offices and, most importantly, a place where the level of understanding required for the proper organisation of such an event was forthcoming. There was real excitement among the professional circles when our event was officially announced. We must admit that inviting the leading companies which provide their services for our business’ needs to an event where they could showcase their products was not too hard. In a seemingly natural turn of events, the company “Lubrifilt” was the one that showed us the highest level of support. With the proven quality of their products and their level of professionalism, they did once again furnish proof that one can always count on that company and that the level of its distributed products is world-class.
That is how things took off. Applications for participation started flying in from Netherlands, a delegation from the Republic of Macedonia was also welcomed to our event. For the fifth year in a row, we initiated and conducted the competition “Best bus driver of the year” on the first day of the exhibition. It is not our intention to brag about it, but so far this is the single competition where bus drivers are in the lead role. Turnout exceeded 250 visitors as early as the first business day of the event which ended with a cocktail ceremony where the best bus drivers were awarded. To our delight, there were also two competitors from Macedonia, one of whom was a lady, which was a pleasant surprise to all of us – especially to the magazine which organised the event.
The second day of business saw the commencement of seminars. All of those discussed the topic: “Why is bus transportation neglected in our country?” Many lecturers were there to present a variety of extremely important subjects. An actual gathering point for the industry was at hand, where everyone had the opportunity to share their view and see “how the land lies” – which was something we all needed.
In a most pleasant atmosphere, on the afternoon of the third day of the exhibition, we had to start preparing for its conclusion. And we felt as though it had just began… Throughout this whole time:
Everything was under control underneath the pavilion tents. Thanks to the professionalism of the organisers, the entire event passed without any accidents – and one should not forget that this was the first time in the world that a competition was held under real conditions at an open, functioning bus station!
After this introduction, let us begin with the rich variety of presentations and photo coverage that we have prepared for you. And most importantly – let us emphasize that this is just the beginning!