New Globex projections – the global exhibitions market to rebound to 78% of its 2019 size by 2022

The 12th edition of Globex – the global exhibition organising market: assessment and outlook to 2022 – has been released today by AMR International. It details the devastating impact of COVID-19 on 2020 and looks ahead at the likely fallout of the crisis over the coming years.

Globex 2020 editor Carole Boletti said, “The global exhibition market size is likely to drop by $19.9bn, with the total estimated market size shrinking to approximately $9.1bn by the end of 2020 (a 69% contraction).

“Meanwhile given the ever-changing COVID crisis, we have not projected figures for 2021. However, looking ahead to 2022, we expect the market globally will rebound to 78% of its 2019 size. Although recovery rates will vary by country and will depend on many factors, such as GDP growth and international participation at events.”

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Globex market projections for global exhibtions industry 2020-2022 by AMR International

Highlights: COVID impact assessment on 2020

  • The primary driver of revenue loss in 2020 is reduced volume sales. In many major markets, this has led to more than a 90% reduction in NSM sold in Q2 and Q3
  • Weakened NSM pricing has also driven revenue loss. Across all markets, AMR anticipates no price hikes with organisers offering discounts and incentives to exhibitors. Overall Globex projects pricing will be depressed by -3% in 2020
  • Whilst all exhibition markets will suffer a major hit in 2020 as a result of COVID-19, the decline will vary between markets. The least negatively impacted market is likely to be China, with 2020 exhibitions revenues 50% down compared to 2019, whereas the most negatively impacted are forecast to be Vietnam and Singapore (94% and 93% down from 2019 respectively)

Highlights – Projection to 2022

Although each country will respond to the pandemic differently, Globex has identified markets that are expected to exhibit broadly similar recovery trajectories:

  • China is expected to rebound the most, reaching 86% of its relative 2019 size by 2022
  • UK, US and Mexican exhibition markets are projected to rebound to c.80% of their 2019 size by 2022
  • AMR expects Germany will rebound to 79% of its 2019 size by 2022

Ms Boletti added, “The priority for organisers will be how to survive 2021 with reduced revenues while investing in more digital offerings. Looking further ahead, organisers will also need to develop a post-COVID vision that addresses a radically changed market, while developing a strategy to make it happen.”

“Changing the mindset of organisers will be key. AMR believes they should no longer think of themselves as pure event organisers. Rather, they need to become community catalysts – facilitating business, connections, education and advocacy.”

“Events will no longer be one-off experiences. Instead, we see events becoming integral to building communities and customer relationships throughout the year, with the use of event technology a crucial element to success. It will require something akin to the omni-channel revolution the retail sector has undergone.”

The full Globex 2020 edition, plus separate regional reports can be purchased online:

*The 20 markets featured in Globex are: US, China, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Brazil, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Russia, Hong Kong, Turkey, Mexico, India, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Macau and the Philippines.

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About AMR International and Globex

AMR International is the world leader in strategy consulting to the events and exhibitions industry. Each year AMR publishes Globex – the exhibition industry’s definitive dataset and forecast. It is the only resource of its kind that provides in-depth trends analysis; granular volume and price data; and forecasts on 20 mature and emerging countries around the globe. Event organisers and investors rely on Globex for the latest in global exhibitions industry research and data to help shape their growth strategies and performance improvement.