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UFI releases latest edition of annual Euro Fair Statistics

– Research includes data from 13 trade fair bodies in 21 European countries

– Report covers 2,416 exhibitions from 803 organisers, totalling 25.5 million m² of net space rented in 2019

Paris – 3 December 2020: Data now released by UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, identifies the European exhibition market’s development in 21 countries. The certified data is gathered by a network of 13 collaborating industry bodies from across the continent.

“This new edition of the annual Euro Fair Statistics report is especially important as it reflects the industry’s activity before the COVID-19 crisis. This data covers approximately 55% of the European exhibition market and includes 334 exhibitions that have earned the ‘UFI Approved Event’ designation,” says Kai Hattendorf, UFI Managing Director and CEO.

The events examined comprised 643,738 exhibiting companies. Statistics in the report cover 2,416 exhibitions for a total of 25.5 million m² of registered rented space, with a total attendance of 70 million registered visitors.

34% of the exhibitions targeted trade visitors and 29% targeted public visitors, while 37% addressed both groups.

The Euro Fair Statistics 2019 report includes data collected by the following organisations:

AEFI (Italy), AFE (Spain), ATFEO (Finland), BDO & Associates (Portugal), CENTREX (Central East Europe), CLCVECTA (The Netherlands), EXPO EVENT Swiss LiveCom Association (Switzerland), FKM (Germany), FKM Austria, SFC (Sweden), UNIMEV-OJS (France), RUEF (Russia) and UCCET (Turkey).

The complete Euro Fair Statistics 2019 study can be downloaded from the UFI website at In line with UFI’s mission to develop the industry worldwide, the report is available free of charge. The report forms part of UFI’s globally acclaimed body of research publications that covers global, regional, and topical issues.


– Euro Fair Statistics 2019 front cover


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UFI Announces themes for 2021 UFI Awards

– UFI’s award scheme focused on sharing best practices and highlighting innovative solutions during and post pandemic

– Deadline for all award submissions is March 16, 2021

Paris – 26 November 2020: UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, is pleased to announce the launch of the 2021 UFI Awards, designed to acknowledge and honour best practices and outstanding activities across the industry. This prestigious award programme, globally recognised for more than a decade, is open to exhibition organisers, venue operators and service providers. Participants are encouraged to enter their best practice cases across six categories:

  • HR Management
  • Marketing
  • Industry Partner
  • Digital InnovationOperations & Services
  • Sustainable Development

2020 will be remembered as the year the global exhibition industry was hit like never before. While the world stands united against COVID-19, casualties across the industry have been staggering. Now, more than ever, it’s important to show that organisers, venue operators and service providers, are not just “still there”, but are ready to adapt quickly in challenging times.

“The UFI Awards programme enjoys an outstanding reputation in our industry – both as a prestigious award to win, as well as a programme that identifies and shares best practices from our industry around the world,” says Kai Hattendorf, UFI’s Managing Director and CEO.

The entry deadline for all categories is 16 March 2021. Winners in each category will receive their awards during an official ceremony at the UFI Global Congress 2021.

They will also have the opportunity to present their projects at the event. Winning entries will be displayed on the UFI website,, and will gain significant coverage in major international tradeshow publications.

Entries should reflect the theme of each category, decided upon by UFI Working Groups – industry experts who manage and lead the UFI Awards.

The awards and themes for 2021 are:

−       HR Management Award: Effective remote team collaboration

−       Marketing Award: The best marketing strategy in challenging times

−       Industry Partner Award: Alliances and success stories: the future of the exhibition industry during and post the pandemic

−       Digital Innovation Award: Digital Innovation for the Exhibition Industry Recovery

−       Operations & Services Award: Driving transformation: the role of operations and services in revitalising the events industry, post COVID-19

−       Sustainable Development Award: Partnerships for sustainability in and after COVID-19 times

The UFI Awards are open to both UFI members and non-members. There is no participation fee.

The 2020 Award winners as well as more information about the UFI Awards can found at


– Image of the UFI Awards


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