Germany: Key statistics of the trade fair market
The trade fair industry is one of the main service providers of the German economy. It also ranks highly on the international stage: In terms of highest turnover, four of the world’s top ten trade fair companies are based in Germany.
International exhibitions in Germany
There was a positive basic mood amongst exhibitors at most German trade fairs in 2013, not least due to the relatively good economic climate. At the same time, the key indicators for international and national trade fairs, i.e. visitor numbers, exhibitor numbers and stand space, each grew by around 1%.
Trade Fairs in Germany 2013
The 139 international and national trade fairs in 2013 had 0.7% more exhibitors than the corresponding previous events. That is only a slight slowdown in growth compared to the previous year (+2%). The number of foreign exhibitors showed above-average growth of 3.2%; this was particular due to Central and Eastern European countries, whereas the growth from Asia declined slightly.
The stand space grew by 1% in line with exhibitor numbers. The number of visitors increased by 0.5% following a decrease of 0.5% in 2012. However, only a few trade fairs reported significant growth. Visitor numbers at the vast majority of events remained largely constant.
AUMA, the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry