First-ever “Global Exhibitions Day” Set to Launch June 8

January 19, 2016

The first-ever “Global Exhibitions Day” - a global initiative that unites exhibition organizers, venues, associations and service providers from countries all around the world - will launch June 8.

Driven by Paris-based UFI – The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, and Dallas-based IAEE – The International Association of Exhibitions and Events, a growing list of associations and industry players have pledged to join forces to promote the industry and to highlight its achievements.

“There are many great national and regional initiatives, addressing exhibitors, visitors, policymakers, and other stakeholders. Uniting these achievements under one common umbrella will strengthen the messages and multiply the reach”, said Sergey Alexeev, UFI president, and Julie Smith, IAEE chairperson.

The Global Exhibitions Day campaign will focus on messages that promote the value of exhibiting for companies, the key support 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 also is 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.

While it is the intention that Global Exhibitions Day will grow as an event in the coming years, the initiative will encompass the worldwide exhibition industry from the onset.  

Already today, industry leaders from all continents have pledged their participation, according to organizers.

“We are amazed by the support this idea has received already“, said Kai Hattendorf, UFI managing director.

David DuBois, IAEE president and CEO, added, “As preparations progress, we’re inviting every player in our industry to get involved as well.”

A list of associations that currently are members of the task force include: 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).

If you want more information about how you can participate in “Global Exhibitions Day”, please contact: UFI, Christian Druart at GED@ufi.org.

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