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Global Exhibitions Day (GED) celebrations are just three weeks away!

– GED to take place on 6 June 2018

– 41 industry associations to take part

– 4 core advocacy messages to drive this year’s communications

Paris, 17 May 2018: GED is a celebration of the exhibition industry as a whole and everyone who works in it – and it’s just three weeks away! Always held on the first Wednesday in June, this year’s celebrations are scheduled for 6 June.

GED is actively supported by 41 associations as of today, and coordinated by UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry. GED aims to raise awareness on a global scale of the exhibition industry, how it benefits the economy, and the variety of career opportunities it has to offer. As with previous GED events, industry professionals and students around the world have been very active in the GED online campaign and many organisations are also preparing local events for GED18.

Corrado Peraboni, UFI’s President, says: “The GED initiative started in 2016 and the number of participants has grown rapidly over time. Exhibitions are a unique marketing tool for companies and provide a high return on investment for participants as well as the territories where they are held. The exhibition industry deserves stronger recognition and GED is the perfect opportunity to do this!”

Participating associations around the world are uploading their GED18 activities to the dedicated website There are all kinds of planned initiatives on there already, including the Leaders Forum Dinner in Australia organised by EEAA; the Global Exhibitions Run in France put in place by UNIMEV; ‘The Power of Italian Exhibitions’ campaign ran by AEFI in Italy, the Russian Exhibition Industry Conference in Russia organised by RUEF; and lobbying efforts to legislators through IAEE. Germany’s AUMA has also aligned its annual “Messetreff” event with GED.

It’s great to see so many of us getting involved in the run up to GED18 on 6 June. The event has been celebrated and promoted across the globe. Delegates have demonstrated their support for GED throughout all kinds of events, including the IEIA Open Seminar in Hyderabad (India), the UFI Asia-Pacific Conference in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Ungerboeck’s annual event in Disneyland Paris (France) and the UFI European Conference in Verona (Italy).

GED18 materials provided by UFI’s GED task force have been translated into multiple languages to ease global communication and advocacy within the exhibition Industry. In addition, Buenos Aires Tourist Board (Argentina), Informa (Brazil), Eventbox (Iran) and many more have joined the GED18 Talent Campaign and shared their “job quotes” with potential future industry employees.  A series of interviews focusing on the dynamic working environment offered by the exhibition industry, have been carried out with employees from La Rural Exhibition Center (Argentina), GES (EMEA), Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre (Oman), Poznan International Fair (Poland), MEEC Maastricht (The Netherlands) and many more. In addition, multiple industry professionals have produced videos showcasing various jobs across the industry. All these videos are available on

GED18 materials prepared by the GED task force cover the following four advocacy messages:

– Exhibitions are a large global industry

– Exhibitions are an effective and sustainable way of doing business

– Exhibitions can contribute to a sustainable world

– The exhibition industry offers a variety of job opportunities

Wherever they are based, exhibition colleagues can download and use all of the campaign materials from

Full list of GED partners can be found on our website


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London to host UFI’s Global CEO Summit 2019

– Leaders to discuss core agenda for the exhibition industry for 2019 from 30 January – 1 February

– Charlie McCurdy, CEO Informa Exhibitions, to be Summit Chair

The 2019 edition of UFI’s “Global CEO Summit” (GCS), the exhibition industry’s global annual curtain raiser event for C-level executives, will move to London (UK), and take place from 30 January to 1 February, at the ME Hotel in the heart of the city.

Charlie McCurdy, CEO Informa Exhibitions, will chair the Summit. Work on the programme is already underway to deliver an attractive mix of sessions and opportunities to network.

Charlie McCurdy says: “As far as I’m concerned, UFI’s CEO Summit is a must-attend event. I regret missing this year’s Cannes event on the heels of the Informa/UBM deal. But I will make up for this, and work with the UFI team to put together an outstanding programme for the top leaders of our industry.”

“These are fascinating times for the exhibition industry, with much to discuss. The GCS is renowned as being the event that provides both an excellent mix of stimulating content, and time to catch up with industry colleagues. We are thrilled to be working with Charlie as our Chair. It will also be great to be back in London again, as requested by many of our regular participants,” says Kai Hattendorf, UFI’s Managing Director/CEO.

The Global CEO Summit is an invitation only event for CEOs and C-level executives from international exhibition organisers and venue operators. The number of participants is capped to allow for an intimate atmosphere. The programme provides a mix of panels, interactive sessions, and a broad scope of networking opportunities. This year’s event in Cannes received top ratings from participants.

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