EMECA Members disclose positive figures for 2017 at Spring General Assembly at Deutsche Messe in Hannover

Posted on Thursday 31st May 2018



Stable growth for all and best 2017 figures ever for some are the impressively good news reported at the EMECA General Assembly celebrated at Deutsche Messe in Hannover.

Economies in European countries that have suffered most during the crisis are back with steady growth rates which is reflected in the results of the EMECA Members in these countries.

“We are very proud of our Members’ performance which shows that quality of venues and of the events held at our premises, thorough investments and a veritable strategic outlook pay off. EMECA Assemblies and Working Groups contribute to learning from one another and directing our perception to essential questions”, explains Claude Membrez, EMECA President and CEO of Palexpo Geneva.

Revenues stem from a variety of activities: while services play an ever bigger role for some members, others report a growing or already high income share from global business. There is a tendency to align global exhibition portfolios clearly along the sectors and communities covered by the trade fairs celebrated at the European home venues. Only few engage in venue management abroad.

Investment into the trade fair premises continues on a high level as multiannual plans are being implemented. These focus on building new halls, in some cases adding square metres to the European home venues, or on permanent upgrading and refreshing existing exhibition space. Investments into IT infrastructure and digital services are maintained on a high level, too.

Guest speaker Torsten Windels, Chief Economist at NORD/LB bank, presented a comprehensive picture of economic indicators for Europe and worldwide and highlighted some challenges. The most important ones are populist and protectionist tendencies in Europe, but also in countries around the world on which the European economic success heavily relies. This will impact these countries’ economic performance and change Europe’s relations with them. Growth in Europe itself is moderate, while European export is strong but it may be harmed by protectionism. “All these interdependencies may impact our business and require utmost attention in order to react quickly and adapt our engagement”, says Dr. Andreas Gruchow, EMECA Vice President Treasurer and Member of the Managing Board of Deutsche Messe AG, Hannover.




The 22 EMECA venues host and organise 1.900 trade fairs a year globally, out of which more than 1.500 in Europe on a gross rented space of nearly 38 mio sqm. They welcome roughly 360.000 exhibitors and over 41,6 mio visitors in Europe.


The EMECA Board 2018

Claude Membrez, EMECA President (Palexpo, Geneva, Switzerland)

Andreas Gruchow, Vice President Treasurer (Deutsche Messe AG, Hanover, Germany)

Anne-Marie Baezner, Vice President Communication (Eurexpo Lyon, France)

David Boon, Vice President EU Relations (Brussels Expo, Belgium)

Maurits van der Sluis, Vice President Technical Affairs (RAI Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Giorgio Contini, Vice President Digital Business (BolognaFiere, Italy)

Barbara Weizsäcker, EMECA Secretary General


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The EMECA Members


Brussels Expo


KoelnMesse, Deutsche Messe (Hanover), Messe Frankfurt, NürnbergMesse,

Landesmesse Stuttgart


EUREXPO – Centre de Conventions et d’Expositions de Lyon,



BolognaFiere, Fiera Milano, Rimini Fiera, VeronaFiere

The Netherlands:

RAI Amsterdam

Royal Dutch Jaarbeurs Utrecht


Poznan International Fair


Feira Internacional de Lisboa


Expocentre Moscow


MCH Group (Basel, Zurich, Lausanne), Geneva Palexpo


Fira de Barcelona, IFEMA – Feria de Madrid, Feria Valencia


Press and media contact

EMECA General Secretary

Ms Barbara Weizsäcker

Rue de l'Amazone 2

B-1050 Brussels

Tel +32 25357250