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Are you ready for GED 2020!

Global Exhibitions Day (GED) is 3 June 2020.

GED is the exhibition industry’s largest day of awareness and advocacy, held annually on the first Wednesday of June.

We encourage everyone in the exhibition industry to take part. GED increases the visibility of the exhibition industry regionally and on a global scale. We invite all the associations, organisers, venues, service providers, consultants, universities, …everyone in exhibitions, to mobilise in support.

The message for GED 2020

Global Exhibitions Day this year will focus on the message: Exhibitions are key to rebuilding economies.

Our message concentrates on the idea of connecting, reconnecting, starting and rebuilding communities and economies. We are promoting that face-to-face exhibitions are the fastest way to reconnect with your marketplace, and that the connections made at exhibitions will lead to the renewal of our economy.

GED 2020 is a unification of the industry, an occasion to share hope and optimism, and a focus on the important role of exhibitions in reconnecting and rebuilding communities and economies.

AAXO and GED 2020

As part of our Global Exhibition Day celebrations, AAXO is hosting a GED2020 webinar series with various Portfolio Directors talking about how their events connect people, drive business and grow industries. The webinar series kicks off, Tuesday, 02 June 2020 to Thursday, 4 June 2020 at 12:30 to 13:30pm with the organisers reminiscing about their events over the years, and how important these exhibitions have been for the exhibitors and visitors to the events as well as the economy overall.

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Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Daniel Block, dmg events

Dain Richardson, Messe Meunchen SA

Sven Smit, Specialised Exhibitions

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Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Lynn Chamier, dmg events

Warren Murray, Exposure Marketing

Megan Oberholzer, Reed Exhibitions

Charlene Hefer, Specialised Exhibitions

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Thursday, 4 June 2020

Tracy-Lee Behr, dmg events

Ann Dalton, Agri Expo

Nick Sarnadas, Specialised Exhibitions

Sian Cullingworth, Reed Exhibitions


We are launching #WeSupportExhibitions campaign. The campaign is aimed at having our collective voices heard by the policy makers so that they remove the ban on live events. Please join us in posting this image across all social media platforms adding your message, your organisation’s logo and picture. This picture will be sent to you via email to download. Every single post using the hashtags counts in sending our message effectively to the policy makers!

Event calendar update 
Due to the Covid-19 crisis in South Africa and the Disaster Management Act that was put in place by the South African government on 15 March 2020, many events have to be rescheduled. To stay up-to-date on the new dates of these events click here.

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