With 4.4 million exhibitors, 260 million visitors and 98 billion € (109 billion US $) being spent
With 4.4 million exhibitors, 260 million visitors and 98 billion € (109 billion US $) being spent by the them combined annually, the exhibition industry is thriving globally. Approximately 31,000 exhibitions take place each year (not including fun fairs, farmer fairs etc.), creating 680,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs within the exhibition industry and maintaining or creating 1.8 million FTE positions in other ‘tourism related’ industries, such as transport, accommodation, food and beverage etc.
In recent years, additional venue space has become available in almost all regions of the world. UFI World Map of Exhibition Venues released in 2017 indicated that the total indoor exhibition space worldwide has now reached 34.8 million sqm and the number of venues has reached 1,212. When compared to the last census produced in 2011, this shows a 1.4% net increase in terms of the number of venues and 7.7% increase in terms of exhibition space. In addition to adding new space, many venue operators have also made significant investments to upgrade their existing venue capacities. These venue investments underline the positive outlook for the exhibition industry mid to long term.
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