Data now released by UFI, The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, shows that the exhibition industry is still experiencing intensified international business growth. The new edition of the association’s “UFI Euro Fairs Statistics” tracks the development in 24 countries in the European exhibition market, all based on certified data gathered by a network of 14 collaborating industry bodies from across the continent.
“UFI is delighted to show reliable key statistics that reflect the industry’s activity in the European region. The report shows that the exhibition industry in Europe is undergoing steady development. This data covers approximately 60% of the European exhibition market and includes 372 exhibitions that have earned the ‘UFI Approved Event’ designation, which is an increase of 5% from last year,” says Kai Hattendorf, UFI CEO/Managing Director.
The events examined comprised 735,508 exhibiting companies. Statistics in the report cover 2,673 exhibitions for a total of 28 million m2 of registered rented space with a total attendance of 75.4 million registered visitors. 38% of the exhibitions targeted trade visitors and 31% public visitors, while 31% addressed both target groups.
The Euro Fair Statistics 2018 report includes data collected by the following organisations: AEFI (Italy), AFE (Spain), ATFEO (Finland), BDO & Associates (Portugal), CENTREX (Central East Europe), CLC-VECTA (The Netherlands), EXPO EVENT Swiss LiveCom Association (Switzerland), FEBELUX (Belgium & Luxemburg), FKM (Germany), FKM Austria, SFC (Sweden), UNIMEV-OJS (France), RUEF (Russia) and UCCET (Turkey).