EMECA General Assembly Bologna

Thursday, 19.10.2017
The General Assembly of EMECA, the European Major Exhibition Centres Association, took place in Bologna on 12 and 13 October. As EMECA celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2017, the members discussed the main economic data, crucial aspects, main strengths, weaknesses and challenges. Prof. Romano Prodi, an Italian politician who served as the 10th President of the […]

The General Assembly of EMECA, the European Major Exhibition Centres Association, took place in Bologna on 12 and 13 October. As EMECA celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2017, the members discussed the main economic data, crucial aspects, main strengths, weaknesses and challenges.

Prof. Romano Prodi, an Italian politician who served as the 10th President of the European Commission, held a key note speech at the assembly: “Companies in Europe need the strengths of exhibitions as market instruments, Europe is highly competitive in this sector.” He also urges speedy cooperation on political and industry level to create powerful clusters to become global market leaders.

Other insights from the assembly show that the EMECA exhibition venues welcomed roughly 420.000 exhibitors and over 41.6 million visitors in 2016. EMECA has also witnessed a growth in turnover of all its members in 2016, compared to the previous year of 3 %. Members will be investing up to 3.5 billion Euro in the future of the exhibition business.