UFI releases the world map of exhibition venues 2023
UFI and JWC have released the “World Map of Exhibition Venues 2023”, which covers all exhibition venues with a total indoor exhibition area of at least 5,000 square meters.
The 2023 report was prepared and produced for the first time by JWC in collaboration with UFI.
The report lists the largest venues for all 21 markets whose total capacity exceeds 300,000 square meters of total indoor exhibition space.
The report found that in the second half of 2023, there are 1,425 exhibition venues with a total exhibition area of at least 5,000 square meters around the world, with a total global exhibition area of 42.1 million square meters.
Europe is home to the largest exhibition area in the world (15.7 million square metres), closely followed by the Asia-Pacific region (15.4 million square metres). In terms of the number of places, Europe is also home to the highest number of places (497), followed by the Asia-Pacific region (404) and North America (352) respectively, according to the report.
Globally, 59% of venues have an indoor capacity between 5,000 and 20,000 square metres. One-third (35%) of all venues globally belong to the medium-sized segment, with an area between 20,000 and 100,000 square metres. 81 sites with an area of more than 100,000 square metres.
Europe is still home to the most large venues (over 100,000) with 40, compared to Asia-Pacific with 35 and North America with 5. However, the average size of venues in the Asia-Pacific region is 38,206, which is larger than any other region – Europe follows in second place with 31,545.
The report also found that 21 countries/regions have a total indoor capacity exceeding 300,000 square meters of indoor display space. The five largest countries/regions (China, USA, Germany, Italy and France) account for more than 62% of the world’s total indoor exhibition space.
The number of large places that provide an area of more than 100 thousand square meters is 81 places. The Asia-Pacific region continues to move closer to Europe in terms of available venue capacity, mainly due to venue development in China. However, Europe maintains a narrow lead in seat capacity at 37.2%, ahead of the Asia-Pacific region at 36.8%.
UFI CEO and Managing Director, Kai Hattendorf, said: “The updated world map displays the most comprehensive and complete quantitative data set in our industry. It is remarkable to see that global investments in upgrades and expansion of exhibition venue space have continued throughout the pandemic, which is a real testament to the strength and resilience of The basic business model in our industry.
“Investing in venue space is a win-win: for the industries that exhibitions serve, and for the destinations where they are held. Our partnership with JWC for this project will facilitate regular editions of this important report.