Global Exhibitions Day: four weeks and counting

The countdown is on for Global Exhibitions Day (GED 2022), 1 June 2022. It will be a great chance to celebrate the irreplaceable value of physical exhibitions and face-to-face business events in bringing people together and driving the global economy.

GED 2022 will also be an occasion to network and demonstrate that trade show organisers and associations are back in business and stronger than ever.

UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry, notes in its 3 May statement encouraging the industry to get involved in GED 2022, that the exhibition industry “has made a remarkable comeback highlighting the value of in-person events. Events are seeing levels of attendance similar – if not higher – to those before the pandemic. Some shows are even bigger now than they were before the pandemic.”  

Monica Lee-Muller, UFI president said: “With GED on 1 June fast approaching, let’s join hands to once again put our industry in the spotlight. The 2022 GED will focus on the irreplaceable value of physical exhibitions. After the prolonged pandemic, it’s perfect timing to advocate the contribution of exhibitions to local and global economies. I look forward to your active participation.”

To support preparations and to provide a strong, unified message to stakeholders worldwide, UFI has facilitated the creation of a website with relevant data on the economic impact of exhibitions, as well as ways to get involved. It includes an interactive map that showcases GED-related events taking place worldwide. UFI is inviting everyone to submit their event, meeting, and gathering associated with GED.

Further, UFI is running a content campaign, including customisable and interactive activities, to promote key messages around GED 2022. All businesses and professionals in the sector are encouraged to join the GED celebrations on 1 June 2022 by highlighting the impact of exhibitions on local economies – both in building businesses and connecting people from around the world.

To find out how you can you contribute to this year’s GED and be part of a dynamic global community, visit for updates and developments. Option include joining a local GED 2022 initiative or getting inspiration to set up your own.

Follow #GED2022 on social media and share stories from your exhibition, a product launch, a notable person who attended your show, a quote from an exhibitor, or ROI statistics. UFI also encourages eventprofs to create their own “voices of the exhibition industry” card and share their thoughts on the future of the industry.

UFI reminds that this day of advocacy is supported by more than 40 national and international industry associations.