Exhibition professionals around the world celebrated in record numbers June 5, the fourth annual Global Exhibitions Day, which highlights how the exhibitions industry generates $325 billion in total output globally and contributes $198 billion to worldwide gross domestic product.
The event not only underscored the industry’s role as a driver of economic growth, but also established GED19 as the biggest day of advocacy for the exhibition world so far, with an estimated 90 countries taking part, according to preliminary data from UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, which spearheads the event.
“Support for Global Exhibitions Day continues to rise,” Kai Hattendorf, UFI managing director and CEO, told Convene via email. “We started with 62 countries and regions in 2016; this year it looks like we will reach around 90 up yet again from 85 last year.”
Hattendorf said 41 industry associations from the global UFI network helped the organization pull off the initiative for a fourth time. “Countless” organizers, venues, and service providers planned on executing their own initiatives, he said, but since GED19 continues through noon London time June 6, more complete participation data is not yet available.
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