Germany, U.K. Dominate Top 10 Trade Show Companies Worldwide in 2015

September 22, 2016

On the Top 10 trade show list of companies ranked worldwide by revenues in 2015, as tracked by AUMA Association for the German Trade Fair Industry, Germany and U.K. are dominant.

With the exception of a few, most companies on the Top 10 are German or British, with Reed Exhibitions and UBM topping the list.

The numbers were the result of a study concluded by the AUMA in August 2016.

After the British organizers Reed Exhibitions ($1.33 billion) and UBM ($961 million), Messe Frankfurt was the third-ranked company, with revenues of ($728 million), followed by the French venue operator, organiser and exhibition service provider GL events, which posted revenues of $513 million.

Three further German organisers occupied the places 8, 9 and 10: Deutsche Messe AG Hanover with revenues of $370 million, Koelnmesse with $351 million and Messe Düsseldorf with $340 million.

Overall, companies from Europe dominate the rankings of exhibition firms with revenues more than $112 million (EUR 100 million).

Just five of 31 companies have their headquarters outside of Europe: Emerald Expositions (USA) in 12th place, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council in 15th, Coex (Korea) in 16th, Tokyo Big Sight in 20th and SNIEC Shanghai in 28th.

Of the exhibition companies with revenues of more than $112 million, eight are headquartered in Germany and seven in the UK.

The German exhibition companies posted total revenues of $3.8 billion in 2015.

Because of the cyclical strength of the current exhibition year, in 2016 AUMA expects revenues of between $4 billion and $4.2 billion.

Tarsus Group, which owns TSNN, was ranked No. 27 on the worldwide list, with $134 million in revenues for 2015. 

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