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 $).
Source: UFI (2019).