Exhibition industry expects growth in 2018 according to UFI

Paris, 30th January: Earlier this week, UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, released its latest biannual, Global Barometer Survey, reflecting the state of global trade show industry. The survey revealed that the majority of survey participants anticipate growth in 2018.


More than 70% of companies in the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific recorded an increase of their revenues in the second half of 2017, while slightly more than half of companies in the Middle East – Africa region reported growth. Looking ahead to 2018, about 80% of companies in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific remain optimistic about growth this year. South Africa was the only weak spot with just 25% expecting growth.


The survey was conducted in January and was based on data from 290 companies in 53 countries. The Barometer offers detailed insights on 14 major markets including: Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Macau, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Thailand, the U.K. and the U.S.


Sources: UFI media release, UFI Global Exhibition Barometer, Exhibition World article