Each year, on the first Wednesday of June, we recognize the contributions and people of our industry. And, this year, more than ever, we need to celebrate our industry together.
It’s a pretty amazing thing we do. The organizers, venues, service providers, associations, consultants – everyone involved – help to create the marketplaces, the meeting places, for industries to get together. Our shows contribute to local economies, and the business conducted at our exhibitions stimulates business growth throughout the world.
2020 Theme – Exhibitions are key to rebuilding economies
The Theme for GED2020 is “Exhibitions are key to rebuilding economies.”
Our world has been turned upside down this year, and the exhibition industry is essential to creating the connections that will rebuild our economies. The global exhibition industry will reconnect and rebuild businesses.
How to celebrate
Celebrate however, you want, it’s your day!
But, if you need a little inspiration, we’ve got a few ideas for you. And, if you need logos, materials, and messages, you can find them here)
- Share the good times. Share the stories of your events.
- Examples: Share on your social media, your blog, your website, and send them to us, memorable things that happened at your event. Tell us the story of product launches, political or business leaders giving speeches or opening an event, movements starting, deals being announced, connections being made. Let’s demonstrate how connections made at events help to build our business world.
- Focus on the future. Share how your event, or business, will help to reconnect and rebuild, locally, by sector, internationally, through innovation … however it is done in your marketplace.
- Examples: Post messages on social media, organise a digital meet-up, broadcast a live stream, host an innovation contest, put together a collaborative mind-map, create a group video… show us your thoughts for the future.
- Show us the people behind it all. Share pictures of your team, your customers, your kids, yourself … with the GED logo
- Examples: Post pictures, video, animations, to your social channels, websites, intranets, or put it in the window of your office or home. Create GED TikToks or stand-up challenges. Do what feels right to you to show the world exactly what the 3.2 million lives that are part of the global exhibition industry look like
- Follow GED on social media. See and share what’s happening on our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube
- Have another idea? Great, run with it! This is the day to celebrate our industry, so make it your own.
Join in a celebration
Global Exhibitions Day is being celebrated and supported by a vast network of associations and organizations in our industry. Here are some examples of planned celebrations. Check in with your local association to see what else they may be planning. *
UFI Connects: Creativity
On 19 May, we’ll be hosting a panel focused on creativity and creative thinking to help you brainstorm ideas for your own GED2020 plans. Join Dan DiLorenzo, Diversified (US); Natasha Layal, Expocast (UK); Caitlin Read, Comexposium (France); Nathanielle Townsend, DMG (UAE); and Ben Veechai, Informa Markets(HK) in a candid conversation about the conflicting terms creative process.
The Exhibition & Event Association of Australasia will “Re-Imagine, Re-Engage, and Re-Connect”. We You are invited to re-imagine the future of exhibitions and events, to re-engage with your stakeholders, and to re-connect with the business events community.
The International Association of Exhibitions and Events is bringing you a virtual day of action on 3 June in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. An engaging day of activities getting you involved in advocacy and working with (US) federal lawmakers to make a difference and show that exhibitions mean business.
The Malaysian Association of Convention and Exhibition Organizers and Suppliers hosted a webinar 3.0 on – Exhibitions – Key to Rebuilding Economies on 6 May, see the recording.
*If you want your activity added here, send it to email@example.com
Follow on social media
As well as activities planned, lots of associations and organizations are publishing GED content on their social media, so make sure to check them out!
A few great examples
Is sharing their thoughts on the future of exhibitions
AEFI – Associazione Esposizioni e Fiere Italiane
Italian exhibitions, sing Italian talent and work above the skies of the world
Shares updates about the industry in Spain
Is showing us how they are stronger together
Is sharing what they love about the exhibition industry
*If you want to be featured here, add #ged2020 to your posts.
Associations celebrating GED 2020 under the UFI umbrella
AAXO (South Africa), AEFI (Italy), AEO (UK), AFE (Spain), AFECA (Singapore), AFIDA (Colombia), AMPROFEC (Mexico), AOCA (Argentina), AUMA (Germany), CAEM (Canada), CEFA (Austria), CENTREX (Hungary), CFI (Italy), EEAA (Australia), EEIA/EMECA (Belgium), EFU (Ukraine), EXSA (South Africa), FAIRLINK (Sweden), FAMAB (Germany), HKECIA (Hong-Kong), IAEE (USA), IDFA (Germany), IECA (Indonesia), IEIA (India), IELA (Switzerland), IFES (Belgium), LECA (Lebanon), MACEOS (Malaysia), MFTA (Macau), PCEI (Poland), RUEF (Russia), SACEOS (Singapore), SCEIA (China), SECB (Singapore), SISO (USA), TECA (Taiwan), TEA (Thailand), TFOA (Turkey), UBRAFE (Brazil) and UNIMEV (France).