The global exhibition industry is of major economic importance

Globally, there are approximately 31,000 exhibitions each year, featuring 4.4 million exhibiting companies and attracting over 260 million visitors.

Exhibitors and visitors combined spend around 98 billion € (109 billion US $) every year on exhibitions, making exhibitions a significant global industry.

In 2017, the total number of venues with a minimum of 5,000 sqm of indoor exhibition space around the world was 1,212 and the total indoor exhibition space reached 34.8 million sqm. This is an increase of 1.3% on average each year since 2011. 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.

680,000 FTE (full time equivalent) work in the exhibition industry directly.

When adding the direct impact on other ‘tourism related’ activities, i.e. transport, accommodation, food and beverage etc., 1.8 million FTE jobs are created or maintained.


The Global Exhibition Industry in Numbers How has the Exhibition Industry grown?


Source: UFI (2018).

GED19 Material (regularly updated in Feb/March)

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.

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2018 Global Exhibitions Day Awards: Winners announced!

The winners were decided by a panel including senior staff from UFI and Exhibition World, based on entries registered via the GED Online Reporting Tool until 20 June.

Industry Impact Award: recognising the initiative that has the most positive impact supporting exhibitions as an industry.

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