Global Exhibitions Day on 7 June - "Think Global, Act Local"
This year's Global Exhibitions Day (GED17) will take place on 7 June, and UFI is inviting people around the world to get involved. Did you know that over 260 million visitors - and 4.4 million exhibiting companies - attend exhibitions every year around the globe?
With the title Think Global, Act Local, Global Exhibitions Day 2017 puts a special focus on the human side of face-to-face exhibitions. It will highlight the business and marketing opportunities, diverse jobs, inspirational exchanges and local investment created by the exhibition industry worldwide. Global Exhibitions Day is a chance to celebrate the exhibition industry and highlight its positive impact on jobs, business, innovation and local investment. Online, and through an array of national and local events, people on every continent are expected to join the GED17 campaign, from venues and organisers to students, local partners and public authorities.
To show the value of exhibitions, UFI estimates that over 260 million visitors – and 4.4 million exhibiting companies – attend exhibitions every year. Exhibitions give generate a high return on investment for participants. On average, for every euro spent, exhibiting companies get two euros return before the end of the show – and eight euros return in total within three to ten months after the exhibition. Visitors and companies spend around EUR 98 billion (US$109 billion) going to exhibitions each year. About half of this expenditure benefits the exhibition industry directly (organisers, venues…), and the other half goes into local tourism-related activities (accommodation, transport…) The exhibition industry provides 680,000 full time equivalent jobs in sales, marketing, operations and other fields.