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).

GED Online Reporting Tool 2020

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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