The global exhibition industry is of major economic importance

Globally, there are approximately 32,000 exhibitions each year, featuring 4.5 million exhibiting companies and attracting over 303 million visitors.

Exhibitors and visitors combined spend around €116 billion ($137 billion US) every year on exhibitions, making exhibitions a significant global industry.

In 2018, the total number of venues with a minimum of 5,000 sqm of gross indoor exhibition space around the world was 1,217 and the gross exhibition space available is 34.7 million sqm. Additional venue space has become available in almost all regions of the world and substantial venue investments and upgrades have taken place to increase venue capacities.

3.2 million total jobs are directly and indirectly supported by exhibitions.

The total output in business sales including direct, indirect and induced output is €275 billion ($325 billion $).

   
 
The Global Exhibition Industry in Numbers
 
Exhibitions have a Strong Impact on Territories

 

Source: UFI (2019).

GED19 Material (regularly updated in Feb/March)

GED Online Reporting Tool

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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