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IFEMA celebrates Global Exhibitions Day

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FITUR 2021 in Madrid; photo credit: IFEMA Madrid

Once again, IFEMA Madrid has been celebrating Global Exhibitions Day (GED 2021). This is an international day that seeks to focus attention on the role that trade fairs play in generating employment and wealth.

Promoted by UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry and AFE, the Spanish Trade Fair Association, GED 2021 showcases the work undertaken by trade fairs around the world in order to guarantee a safe return to face-to-face exhibition activity, adopting safety measures and protocols to protect visitors, exhibitors and staff.

Through the celebration of Global Exhibitions Day (video), the trade fair sector around the world joins forces to highlight theimpact that its activity has on the economy and society internationally. The day also seeks to promote knowledge and dissemination of the relevance of exhibition activity, its effects and economic and social repercussions.

After a period of over a year in which the Covid-19 crisis has brought activities around the world to almost a complete halt, the main message of the campaign once again sought to underline that “Trade fairs are essential to economic recovery”.

According to IFEMA, the trade exhibition sector internationally contributes nearly 179 billion euros to global GDP, directly involving 4.8 million exhibiting companies and attracting 353 million visitors, as well as creating 3.4 million jobs directly related to fair activities. In the case of IFEMA Madrid, 2019 had an economic impact of 5.104 billion euros, a sum that represents 3.8% of the GDP of the city of Madrid, creating 39,343 jobs in the process.

IFEMA is leading the way of return to safe face-to-face trade fairs worldwide through its commitment to the FITUR International Tourism Trade Fair, that was hold in May. FITUR 2021 saw the participation of 5,000 companies from 55 countries, with more than 62,000 attending in-person.

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