Trade Show Industry Trends in Australia and Asia

Summary

  1. Exhibitors are spending more on booth space and promotion whereas spending on exhibit design and show services have decreased.
  2. China remains the #1 country in Asia in terms of booth space sold and is six times larger than the #2 country (Japan).
  3. Trade show industry in Australia is still healthy and growing at 3.1% per year.
  4. More exhibitors around the world are incorporating digital services and products into their exhibits. 100% of exhibitors in Germany have already digitised their booths.

Trade show plays an important part in a country’s economy. For example, in Germany, the trade show sector generates over 3 billion euros per year.

In 2014, there were over 2,000 exhibitions staged in Australia, attracting over 9.3 million visitors and over 65,000 exhibitors. Exhibitions as part of a conference were the most common type of exhibition, although these events tended to be small in scale.

Number of exhibitions2,157
Number of attendees9,354,553
Number of exhibitors65,203

Overall, 3% of exhibitions visitors were from overseas, 6% were from interstate and 91% were from within the event state.

Trade show spending and budget allocation

  • Exhibit space increased from 29% to 39%.
  • Promotion increased from 9% to 13%.
  • Exhibit design decreased from 18% to 11%.
  • Show services decreased from 18% to 11%.

Exhibitors are spending more on booth space and marketing whereas their budget allocation to exhibit design and show services have declined.

Fastest growing countries for trade shows

In 2016, 20.77 million m2 of space was sold by exhibition organisers which represented a 5.5% increase compared to last year.

Out of that, 58% was sold in China at 12 million m2. To put that into comparison, the space sold in China is six times larger than Asia’s second largest trade show market, Japan (2.06 million msold)

The Philippines was the fastest growing in Asia in 2016 with growth at 9.6%.

CountryGrowth in space sold
Philippines9.6%
China7.7%
India7.4%
Vietnam7.3%
Indonesia5.8%
Thailand3.8%
Australia3.1%
Korea2.7%
Taiwan2.3%
Japan0.5%

Asia also now offers more exhibition venue space than North America. Europe still remains at the #1 spot and captures 45% of global exhibition market share.

Total number of exhibitions (Asia-Pacific)

IndustriesNo.of exhibitions
Industrial and heavy machinery346
Discretional consumer services, education and travel277
Electronics, IT and telecommunications204
Consumer goods and retail trade190
Building and construction181
Food and beverage174
Transportation130
Medical and healthcare134
Agriculture, forestry and energy107
Business services, financial, legal and real estate95
Security and defence67

Total space rented (Asia-Pacific)

IndustriesAverage size (in sqm)
Consumer goods and retail trade3.1 million sqm
Building and construction2.6 million sqm
Industrial and heavy machinery2.3 million sqm
Discretional consumer services, education and travel2.3 million sqm
Electronics, IT and telecommunications1.7 million sqm
Transportation1.1 million sqm
Food and beverage1.0 million sqm
Medical and healthcare0.9 million sqm
Agriculture, forestry and energy0.6 million sqm
Business services, financial, legal and real estate0.4 million sqm
Security and defence0.3 million sqm

The exhibition industry is going digital

In UFI Global Exhibition Barometer 2017 report, 2 out of 3 survey participants reported that they have added digital services/products like apps and digital signage around their existing exhibitions.

In Germany, 100% of survey participants reported that they have added digital services/products in their exhibit booths. 82% in Brazil and 73% in US.

Digitisation efforts% of respondents
Added digital services/products around our existing exhibitions like apps and digital signage65%
Changed internal processes and workflows in our company into digital processes59%
Developed a digital transformation strategy for individual exhibitions/products33%
Developed a digital transformation strategy for the whole company23%
Created a designated function in management23%
Launched digital products not directly related to existing exhibitions19%

Bottom line

  1. Exhibitors are spending more on booth space and promotion whereas spending on exhibit design and show services have decreased.
  2. China remains the #1 country in Asia in terms of booth space sold and is six times larger than the #2 country which is Japan.
  3. Trade show industry in Australia is still healthy and growing at 3.1% per year.
  4. More exhibitors around the world are incorporating digital services and products into their exhibits. 100% of exhibitors in Germany have already digitised their booths.

Example

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Source

  • http://www.ufi.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/2014_exhibiton_industry_statistics_b.pdf
  • https://www.iaee.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/2004EEAABenchmarkingReportFinal.pdf
  • https://eeaa.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/FACT-SHEET-EEAA-Market-Monitor-2015-Wave-7.pdf
  • https://eeaa.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/AMAA-Insights-for-the-EEAA-FY2015.pdf
  • https://eeaa.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/EY-report.pdf

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