Available exhibition space is a key driver in the development of the exhibition industry globally. To provide the industry with up-to-date figures on space capacities, UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, has published a report on the World Map of Exhibition Venues.
The report lists the largest venues for all 21 markets whose total capacity exceeds 300,000 sqm of gross indoor exhibition space. It covers all exhibition venues with a minimum of 5,000 sqm of gross indoor exhibition space. Regionally, Europe is home to 39% of the world’s total venue capacity, followed by the Asia-Pacific region (32%) and North America (20%).
„Global investments have continued throughout the pandemic.“
In terms of size, the number of “mega venues” – those with more than 100,000 sqm of space – continues to grow. This edition of the World Map now counts 73 such venues around the world, accounting for 5% of the total market. More than one-third (35%) of all venues belong to the medium-size segment, offering between 20,000 and 100,000 sqm. While 60% of venues globally have an indoor capacity of between 5,000 and 20,000 sqm.
Kai Hattendorf, UFI CEO and Managing Director, says: “This updated World Map displays the space available around the world for organising exhibitions and other face-to-face events. It represents the industry’s most holistic and complete quantitative dataset. It is remarkable to see that global investments into upgrades and expansions have continued throughout the pandemic, and as we enter a more optimistic phase, it is important to highlight the scale of this capacity, which can benefit both the industries served by exhibitions, and the destinations in which they take place.”
About the World Map of Exhibition Venues
The 2022 edition covers the following markets: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Turkey, UAE, United Kingdom and the USA.www.ufi.org/research