Celebrating Global Exhibitions Day: Showcasing the Power of Face-to-Face Connections
In today’s digital age, where virtual meetings and online conferences have become the norm, there’s something undeniably special about face-to-face interactions. These interactions foster genuine connections, spark innovation, and drive economic growth. One day each year, the exhibition industry comes together to celebrate precisely that—the power of face-to-face meetings and networking. That day is Global Exhibitions Day (GED).
What is Global Exhibitions Day?
Global Exhibitions Day is an annual event celebrated on the first Wednesday of June. It’s a day dedicated to recognising the immense impact of exhibitions and trade shows on the global economy. GED brings together industry professionals, trade associations, event organisers, venue operators, and various stakeholders from around the world to showcase and celebrate the exhibition industry’s significance.
The Purpose of GED
The primary purpose of Global Exhibitions Day is to:
- Highlight the Importance of Exhibitions
- Emphasise the Power of Face-to-Face Meetings
- Drive Economic Growth
How GED is Celebrated
Global Exhibitions Day is celebrated through a variety of activities and events, both in person and online:
1. Seminars and Webinars: Educational programmes and discussions about the industry’s trends and challenges.
2. Networking Events: Opportunities for professionals to connect and build relationships.
3. Panel Discussions: Experts share insights on various exhibition-related topics.
4. Social Media Campaigns: The use of hashtags like #GED and #GlobalExhibitionsDay to share experiences and promote the event.
Advocacy for the Industry
GED is also an occasion for the exhibition industry to advocate for its interests. This includes advocating for favourable policies and regulations that support the growth of exhibitions and events.
Themes of GED
Each year, GED may have a specific theme or focus area that reflects current trends and challenges in the exhibition industry. Themes can range from sustainability and innovation to the economic impact of exhibitions.
GED is supported by various international and national industry associations, including the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI) and the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE), among others.
Global Exhibitions Day is a day to celebrate and showcase the importance of exhibitions as a driver of economic growth and international collaboration. It reminds us of the unique power of face-to-face interactions in a world increasingly dominated by virtual communication. So, on the next Global Exhibitions Day, take a moment to appreciate the value of in-person connections and the remarkable contributions of the exhibition industry to our global economy.