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IFEMA celebrates Global Exhibitions Day

Exhibition operators and venues from around the world come together today to give visibility to the activity of the trade fair sector, which convenes 32,000 business meetings annually, attended by 303 million visitors worldwide

05 Jun 2019

IFEMA joins the celebration of Global Exhibitions Day #GED19, promoted by the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI). A day on which the main representatives of this industry, organisers, trade fair operators, venues, convention centres, associations and service providers from all over the world come together to showcase the exhibitions sector in a coordinated way.

The global trade fair industry, responsible for boosting the economy of all sectors, convenes 32,000 business meetings annually, involving 4.5 million companies and 303 million visitors. In total, 1,210 exhibition venues operate worldwide, with a total area of 34.7 million square meters, whose activity supports 3.2 million jobs and contributes 167 billion euros to the global GDP. In Spain, the activity of the sector is materialised in 600 annual trade shows, with 60,000 exhibitors and 8 million visitors.

An industry that not only contributes to the dynamism of the economy, but also supports the reduction of the impact of business on the environment, for a more sustainable world. Exhibitions can contribute to changing patterns of consumption and behaviour and help to reduce inequalities, thanks to the fact that they are the meeting place for the most inclusive companies and professionals in the world. For this reason, the exhibition sector works to support the achievement of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), included in the 2030 Agenda.

This day represents for IFEMA the opportunity to express its gratitude to the more than 33,200 companies and more than 3.6 million visitors who participate every year in the more than 700 events held in its facilities. These figures position the Institution as the number one exhibition organiser in Spain and one of the most important worldwide. Last year, the institution's activity contributed 4.37 billion euros to Madrid's finances, generating 26,168 jobs. It is worth noting IFEMA's commitment to internationalisation, holding major events every year such as the International Tourism Fair, FITUR; the International Contemporary Art Fair, ARCOmadrid, the International Trade Show for the Fruit and Vegetable Industry, FRUIT ATTRACTION, and the International Automotive Industry Fair, MOTORTEC AUTOMECHANIKA MADRID; as well as the numerous world medical congresses and congresses for other sectors that take place in its facilities.

All this is represented in the achievement of ambitious goals, such as its contribution to the positioning of Madrid as the world's number three city for congresses in 2018, in a ranking prepared by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA), and the Emergency Management certification granted by AENOR to IFEMA, based on Standard UNE-EN ISO 22320, on the Protection and Safety of Citizens. Emergency Management. Requirements for the response to incidents, among other achievements.

More information: #GED19

Julián García | Communication and Marketing Department IFEMA |