Global Exhibitions Day

Global Exhibition Day - UFI

Global Exhibition Day – UFI

THANK YOU for celebrating the 8th Global Exhibitions Day on 7 June 2023 with us!

Mark your calendars for the next Global Exhibitions Day on Wednesday 5 June 2024!

Set up in 2016, Global Exhibitions Day (GED) is held annually on the first Wednesday of June to drive visibility of the exhibition industry locally, regionally and on a global scale. In recent years, it saw activations and activities from industry players in over 100 countries and regions around the world.

This year, the eighth edition of GED took place on 7 June 2023 with the overall theme of “We run the meeting places and marketplaces for everyone”.

The key campaign pillars of GED 2023 were:

  • We serve industries by facilitating connections between exhibitors and visitors so they can showcase products and services, establish contacts and business, develop reputation and promotion. Industries need events for their development.
  • Events deliver strong economic and social benefits for their host locations, in terms of jobs and tax income.
  • On the environmental side, exhibitions are a sustainable way of doing business: travelling to one place to meet several contacts reduces multiple trips while saving time and money.
  • As the industry work on reducing their environmental footprint through the Net Zero Carbon Initiative, events and exhibitions are places to work on solutions to the climate crisis.

GED 2023 activities reached audiences in more than 100 countries and regions just online alone, with over 3,000 pieces of unique content.

The campaign activated endorsements from government officials across the world, including Hong Kong SAR, Italy, Malaysia, Oman, the U.S. State of Nevada, and Spain. These relationships are vital to advocate for the exhibition industry on a higher scale.

“Ever since we launched GED in 2016 as an industry, it has been growing in reach and relevance, and the campaign was crucial to keep decision makers aware of us throughout the dark times of the pandemic. Now, after the post-pandemic recovery, GED allows us to focus and highlight the critical role we play for every industry, every community that we serve. More than ever, we have the opportunity to be seen by policymakers and decision makers as the important sector that we are. I encourage everyone to join this year’s activities”, says Michael Duck, UFI President.


We thank all associations, businesses and professionals in the sector for celebrating #GED2023 with us!

Visit the GED website or read the post GED 2023 media release for a snapshot of events, activities, and celebrations around the world.

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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 #GED2023!