The seventh annual Global Exhibitions Day (GED) will take place on 1 June 2022. The focus will be on the irreplaceable value of physical exhibitions and face-to-face business events in creating platforms for economic growth and recovery. It will also be an occasion to network and meet other people. This day of advocacy is supported by more than 40 national and international industry associations and facilitated by the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, UFI.
As the pandemic recedes, the exhibitions industry has made a remarkable comeback, thanks to the resilience, innovation, and strength of the community. Exhibition organizers and associations have managed to quickly bring live event platforms back. Indeed, events are seeing levels of attendance similar – if not higher – to those before the pandemic. And some shows around the world are bigger than they have been before the pandemic, driven by pent-up demand especially from small and medium sizes businesses to meet and to do business face-to-face.
“Global Exhibitions Day puts the spotlight on the exhibitions industry,” says Monica Lee-Müller, UFI president, “It is a recognition and a celebration of this spirit of innovation and resilience in the industry, and everyone is welcomed to join – working together to showcase who we are as an industry and what vital role we play.”
By joining forces to create the first-of-its-kind global coalition, led by the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, UFI, along with the world’s leading exhibitions organizers Clarion Events, Comexposium, Diversified Communications, Emerald, Informa Markets, RX (Reed Exhibitions) and Tarsus, the exhibitions industry is again showing its support, innovation, and resilience in responding to difficulties.
“Over the last few years, we have united as an industry to bring safe, successful events back to life. We’re once again celebrating the magic of face-to-face connection, and creating a sustainable future, together. We are more than ever seeing the value of our services through the eyes of our customers, who are returning to the show floor with urgency and enthusiasm. And we’re confident that through digital and data services complementary to our in-person platforms, we are enhancing and evolving our event experiences to do even more for the markets we serve,” said Charlie McCurdy, CEO, Informa Markets.