Globex update #3: Global exhibitions market to contract by c.70% in 2020

The global exhibitions market is set to contract by at least 70% in 2020, according to the latest Globex updated 2020 forecast released today by strategy consultancy, AMR International.

This forecast is the only analysis that measures the direct impact of Covid-19 on the global exhibitions organising market. AMR’s methodology has focused on three factors – event cancellations, event postponements and the contraction of events. AMR then estimated each of these factors for each quarter and applied this method to all 20* countries covered by Globex – the global exhibitions industry’s annual assessment and forecast.

As the following graph illustrates, the Globex 2019 estimate of market size (based on proforma revenues) was US $29.7bn. As we look at Q4 2020, AMR expects the market size to drop by a further US $6.6bn, with the total estimated market size shrinking to approximately US $8.9bn by the end of 2020 – leading to c.70% contraction. (Note: Click to enlarge the graph)


Graph showing global exhibitions market will contract 70%

Florent Jarry, Head of AMR’s Global Events Practice says, “The pandemic is having a devastating impact across the global exhibitions market. However, the situation does vary strongly by country, with China and Brazil respectively least and worst hit.”

“The next full edition of Globex will be released in November and will include AMR’s country-by-country view for 2021 and 2022. This data and analysis will help organisers with their strategic planning efforts and investors will have a clearer view of future market opportunities.”

Globex 2020 is available to pre-order up until 1 November. UFI members receive a 20% discount.

*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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Gail Appleby
Marketing Manager

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.