Global Exhibitions Day


Get Ready for GED2020!

The Global Exhibitions Day, GED is held annually on the first Wednesday of June.
GED2020 is therefore set to be celebrated on 3 June 2020!

How you can contribute

UFI invites exhibition industry professionals worldwide to get involved and participate in this campaign to promote the industry. 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 organisers, by venues, by service providers, and also by national and regional associations.

GED Online Reporting Tool

Your projects and activities can be registered in the Online Reporting Tool.


Please note, only registered activities and projects in the GED Project and Activity Tool are eligible for the Exhibition World/ UFI GED Awards Competition.

The GED2020 toolkit with information on GED, how to get involved and visuals, images and documents to download, will be available from 24 February 2020.

Exhibition World/ UFI GED Award

All entries entered into the Tool will be in the running for the Exhibition World/ UFI GED Award. The theme of the Award for GED2020 is “Making the invisible giant visible“.

A panel made up of the UFI GED team and Exhibition World will select the initiative that best showcases the exhibition industry to the world. See the winners from 2019 whose initiatives highlight the role the industry plays in developing trade, career opportunities and job creation, and driving business innovation and competitiveness.

Online resource

You will find GED visuals, infographics, logos and information in the online resource, which is updated regularly.

The information will help you to plan your initiatives. The visuals, logos and social media guides can be used in your campaigns and activities.

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 organisers, venues, service providers, universities and individual professionals.

What is GED?

Started in 2016 and now in its fifth year, Global Exhibitions Day is a worldwide celebration of the exhibitions and events industry and everyone involved in it. It highlights the power of face-to-face exhibitions to boost business, jobs, innovation and local investment.

The campaign focuses on messages that promote the value of exhibiting for companies, the key support role of exhibitions for the development of trade and internationalisation, and the stimulating role exhibitions play in driving innovation and competitiveness of companies.

UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, facilitates GED by inviting everyone working in exhibitions and trade shows to take part in this campaign by organising and sharing initiatives that promote the industry.





Contact: Christian Druart at the UFI Headquarters – e-mail:

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).

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 #GED20!

2019 Global Exhibitions Day Awards

The winners of the Exhibition World/ UFI GED Awards have been announced!

The top five initiatives were selected by a panel including senior staff from UFI and Exhibition World. Click below to find out who won an Award this year.

GED19 winners