How the industry is celebrating Global Exhibitions Day in 2021

Hear from industry leaders on their experience hosting COVID-safe expos.

The value of exhibitions and their role in economic recovery will be high on the agenda this Global Exhibitions Day (GED), taking place on Wednesday 2 June 2021.

Now in its sixth year, Global Exhibitions Day was established by UFI, the Global Association for the Exhibition Industry and is celebrated with events and online activations all over the globe.

For exhibition professionals in Australia and New Zealand, the Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) is once again hosting a Global Exhibitions Day celebration, this year in a hybrid seminar format.

Delegates will hear from a number of high-profile speakers including:

  • Harvey Lister, Chairman and Chief Executive, ASM Global (Asia Pacific)
  • Paul Bloxham, Chief Economist, Australia, New Zealand and Global Commodities, HSBC
  • Chris Skeith, Chief Executive Officer, Association of Event Organisers UK
  • Chris Kilbee, Executive Director, ASEAN at Informa Markets based in Singapore
  • Simon Burgess, General Manager, Adelaide Convention Centre
  • Jimmy Busteed, General Manager – Sales Australian Turf Club
  • Kym De Britt, CEO, Australian Dental Industry Association
  • Jane Ford, CEO, Exhibitions & Events Australia and New Zealand
  • Geoff Donaghy, Chief Executive Officer, International Convention Centre Sydney

EEAA chief executive Claudia Sagripanti said the speakers will share their learnings from hosting COVID-safe consumer and trade shows.

“Exhibitions and business events are key to rebuilding economies and we will be aiming to highlight the sector’s capability to propel the economy forward particularly at this time,” she said.

“We will be showcasing the power of exhibitions and why a focus on the work of the sector should be a top priority for business and governments in the current climate.”

After the success of EEAA’s Global Exhibitions Day webinar last year, which attracted more than 800 viewers, this year’s event will also offer in-person component at the International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney).

Following the event, ICC Sydney will host a networking function for in-person attendees.

Registrations are open now.

How to get involved in GED2021

As well as attending an official event, exhibition professionals and businesses can get involved in Global Exhibitions Day with social media activations.

Professionals are invited to use the hashtag #GED2021 and share their experiences via Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, WeChat and LinkedIn.

A toolkit with Global Exhibitions Day messages, visuals, infographics and logos is available online.

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