The Top 20 exhibition organisers ranking is clearly led by Informa Markets. Another British company comes in second in the annual AMR International ranking: RX (formerly Reed Exhibitions), followed by the Chinese CFTC third, up from the ninth position last year.
The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) debuts in the AMR Top 20, while Messe Nuremberg and the Italian Exhibition Group (IEG) rejoin. Meanwhile, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and Tarsus drop out. In alphabetical order, the five next largest organisers are the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), Easyfairs, HKTDC, IFEMA Madrid and Tarsus.
„The rankings are strongly biased towards organisers with strong Q1 calendars.“
Florent Jarry, Head of AMR's Global Events Practice, says, "2020 was an exceptional year due to the disruption of COVID-19. As a result, the rankings are strongly biased towards organisers with strong Q1 calendars and with strong portfolios in China, where events were less disrupted in H2. This has led to the ranking being substantially different from previous years. Therefore, this year's AMR Top 20 is a snapshot and not representative of longer-term market positions." He expects to see further changes next year as organisers experience different levels of recovery.