EMECA GA Bologna: Prodi urges speedy intensification of European cooperation and innovation
The General Assembly of EMECA, the Association including 22 out of the most important European fairgrounds, took place in Bologna on 12 and 13 October 2017. In 2017, EMECA celebrates its 25th Anniversary. At this special occasion, Prof. Romano Prodi held a key note speech. “Companies in Europe need the strengths of exhibitions as market instruments, Europe is highly competitive in this sector.” At the same time, he urges speedy cooperation on political and industry level to create powerful clusters to become global market leaders.
EMECA venues host and organize nearly 1.900 trade fairs a year worldwide, out of which nearly 1.500 in at their home venues in Europe on a gross rented space of around 40 million sqm. They welcomed roughly 420.000 exhibitors and over 41,6 million visitors in 2016. EMECA witnesses a growth in turnover of all its Members in 2016 compared to the previous year of 3 %. According to their own estimates, the exhibiting companies generate a turnover of over 1 trillion Euros through exhibitions. As a result of a successful and growing exhibitions sector in Europe, EMECA members will be investing up to 3,5 billion Euro in the future of the exhibition business.