PARIS – The seventh edition of Global Exhibitions Day (GED) took place on 1 June 2022, celebrated and promoted the role of face-to-face business events in driving the global economy. Exhibitions have always played a role in bolstering and growing economic sectors – and this year has been no exception. This year’s GED campaign focused on the irreplaceable value of physical exhibitions and face-to-face business events in creating platforms for economic growth and recovery. It also provided the perfect occasion to catch up, network, and meet new people.
As the world moves past the pandemic, the industry is seeing the re-emergence of face-to-face events. Indeed, through global participation both in-person and online, Global Exhibitions Day 2022 reached new audiences, showing the true power and growth of this industry. It demonstrated that everyone in the exhibitions industry – from individuals to businesses and associations – has a role to play in creating professional, educational, and financial opportunities.
In the lead up to the day and during, according to UFI’s numbers, the GED campaign reached more than 800 million people around the world by the campaign online alone - through unique social media and web posts, messages and comments. In Italy, Spain, and Macau, the campaign activated major endorsements from senior government officials and economic and foreign affairs ministers. From conferences and debates, to breakfasts and social gatherings, to group photos and creative videos, and more, tens of thousands celebrated the people and the power of the exhibitions industry.
Monica Lee-Müller, 2022 UFI President, says: “It’s been amazing to see so many people participating in this year’s Global Exhibitions Day! GED 2022 has recognised and celebrated the spirit of innovation and resilience across the industry. It’s been a chance to showcase who we are as an industry and the vital role we play. We’ve seen thousands of event professionals across the globe celebrating, expressing their pride at being part of the industry, and reiterating the value of face-to-face events. This is a keystone day for the industry, by raising awareness of our passion, purpose and power! From videos to meetings, from events to social campaigns and more, industry professionals and organisations from more than 100 countries/regions have showcased the tangible impact of exhibitions on global economies, the intangible value of uniting people from different countries and cultures, and our proactive contribution to sustainability.”
Much like the exhibitions and events that the industry hosts, GED 2022 has showcased what the industry can offer, including our ability to tell inspiring stories. Some of the most prominent actions during this year’s GED have been the ‘Voices of the Exhibition Industry’ quote cards, celebration videos and the memorable exhibition moments added on globalexhibitionsday.org.
The mission to share the key messages from GED will continue throughout the year, and a date is already in place for next year’s event, on 7 June 2023 – traditionally the first Wednesday in June.