Driven by Paris based UFI – The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, and Dallas based IAEE – The International Association of Exhibitions and Events, exhibition industry players from countries all around the world have pledged to join forces to promote the industry and to highlight its benefits for the economy. Therefore 8 June 2016 was announced “Global Exhibition Day” #GED16, #globalExhibitionsday
“The project aims at drawing public attention to the exhibition industry, and showing the key support role of exhibitions for business development and international cooperation. I invite every player of our industry to get involved in the campaign”, says Sergey Alexeev, UFI President.
You can see GED2016 presentation by Sergey Alexeev here: Global Exhibitions Day (*pdf)
On 5 January 2016 in Paris, there was a meeting of the project task force. List of associations currently members of the task force: UFI (Global), AAXO and EXSA (South Africa), AEFI and CFI (Italy), AEO (UK), AFE (Spain), AUMA and FAMAB (Germany), CEFA and CENTREX (Central Europe), EEIA (EU), IAEE and SISO (USA), IECA (Indonesia), IEIA (India), LECA (Lebanon), PCEI (Poland), RUEF (Russia) and UNIMEV (France).
The task force developed general principles, timeframe, ideas and forms of projected activities. Here is the meeting report: Follow-up document (*pdf)
The “Global exhibitions Day” will focus on messages that promote the value of exhibiting for companies, the key role of exhibitions for the development of trade and internationalisation, and the stimulating role exhibitions play in driving innovation and competitiveness of companies. At the same time, Global Exhibitions Day is also meant to be a celebration of the people working in the exhibitions industry, showing the excitement and career opportunities that the industry has to offer.