Global Exhibitions Day

Moments of #GED19
Get Ready for #GED19!

The Global Exhibitions Day, GED is held annually on the first Wednesday of June.
This year, #GED19 is therefore set to be celebrated on 5 June 2019!

Key messages for #GED19 :
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

Who is it for: GED is open to all who are interested in increasing the visibility of the Exhibition Industry regionally but also on a global scale. In the previous editions, this initiative mobilised thousands of industry professionals all over the world: Associations, exhibition organizers, venues, service providers, universities and individual professionals.

How can you contribute: GED includes a broad mix of activities, both onsite and online, to promote exhibitions as business platforms as well as career and business development opportunities in the industry. Events and activities are arranged by many of the international and national organizers, by venues, by service providers, and also by national and regional associations. A GED Project and Activity Tool has been set up, where  your projects and activities can be registered;;
Please note, only registered activities and projects in the GED Project and Activity Tool are eligible for the Global Exhibitions Day Awards Competition.


A closer look at GED18

Exhibition professionals around the world came out in record numbers for the third Global Exhibitions Day (GED).

Not only did this highlight the industry’s role as a driver of economic growth, but also established GED 2018 as the biggest day of advocacy for the exhibition world so far, according to data from UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry.

Reach in numbers

  • 85 countries and regions supported the exhibition industry: +10% compared to GED17!
  • Hundreds of direct actions have taken place; many were registered on the GED Online Reporting Tool (on
  • Over 160 editorial features (articles, media releases, blog posts).
  • 360 videos on the dedicated YouTube GED playlist ( +14% compared to GED17!
  • #GED18 reached more than 4 million people on Twitter. The GED Facebook group counts over 2,500 members.
The Big Picture Around the World


Development from past GED campaigns:

  • Focusing on Advocacy projects, based on “Facts and Stats” and “Key messages” about the exhibition industry; and, Talent promotion, introducing “Follow me” videos and the “Voices of the Exhibition Industry” campaign.
  • The “Exhibition World / UFI GED Awards” competition ran again and expanded to five categories.
  • A dedicated GED18 “International Fair Poster” competition was launched.
  • A “GEDNumberChallenge” game was set-up.



Contact: Monika Fourneaux Ceskova or Christian Druart at the UFI Headquarters:

List of GED19 partner associations under the UFI umbrella: AAXO (South Africa), AEFI (Italy), AEO (UK), AFE (Spain), AFECA (Singapore), AFIDA (Colombia), AMPROFEC (Mexico), AOCA (Argentina), AUMA (Germany), CAEM (Canada), CEFA (Austria), CENTREX (Hungary), CFI (Italy), EEAA (Australia), EEIA/EMECA (Belgium), EFU (Ukraine), EXSA (South Africa), FAIRLINK (Sweden), FAMAB (Germany), HKECIA (Hong-Kong), IAEE (USA), IDFA (Germany), IECA (Indonesia), IEIA (India), IELA (Switzerland), IFES (Belgium), LECA (Lebanon), MACEOS (Malaysia), MFTA (Macau), PCEI (Poland), RUEF (Russia), SACEOS (Singapore), SCEIA (China), SECB (Singapore), SISO (USA), TECA (Taiwan), TEA (Thailand), TFOA (Turkey), UBRAFE (Brazil) and UNIMEV (France).

GED19 Material (regularly updated in Feb/March)

GED Online Reporting Tool

The tool is dedicated to collect and share activities related to the Global Exhibitions Day campaign. We invite you to:

  • Share and update your initiatives and support;
  • Support industry professionals and media to learn about your efforts.

Please note that the tool registers ENGLISH language ONLY. If you wish to share media releases or other material in your native language, we advise you to use the upload function within the reporting tool.

UFI will be reviewing and editing (where necessary) all entries to ensure only GED related activities are shared and all information provided is relevant.

Thank you for joining #GED19!

2019 Global Exhibitions Day Awards

All GED19 initiatives entered into the GED Online Reporting Tool before 21 June will be in the running for an Exhibition World/ UFI GED Award.

The top five initiatives will be selected for one of these Awards by a panel including senior staff from UFI and Exhibition World.

GED18 winners