Last month Euro Fair Statistics 2006 was published. The electronic yearbook includes the audited statistics of 1.584 trade fairs and exhibitionsexhibitions from 19 countries, including Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Moldova, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine.
A total of 556.847 exhibitors, 52,5 million visitors and 23,4 million sq.m. rented space were registered at these trade fairs.
The economic relations between the individual European nations are becoming more intense year by year. As a result there is an increasing need for information about the economies of other countries. Because trade fairs and exhibitions play a very important role in external trade, companies and associations have a keen interest in reliable information about foreign trade fairs. This report's aim is to satisfy this need.
This yearbook includes the audited exhibition statistics of CENTREX members too, which reflects the transparent values in Central Europe accordingly. The audited fairs and exhibitions organized by CENTREX members in 2006 have attracted over 3.8 million visitors, trade and public, over 53,000 exhibitors, among them 11,400 direct foreign exhibitors have considered these fairs successful tools for marketing their products, services. The organisers have been able to rent out to nearly 1.8 million square meters for this purpose to the clients. These numbers are cca. 10 per cent of the whole Euro Fair Statistics.
2007 will widen the trasparency of exhibition statistics by recent admission of the new CENTREX member - Gal-EXPO- Lviv Ukraine. By this already two cities' 3 organisers will present audited exhibition statistics data from Ukraine.
About transparency of trade fair statistics
The statistics listed in Euro Fair Statistics report were audited in Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Romania, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Ukraine by independent public accountants, in Denmark, Finland, Moldova and Russia.
The figures which have been collected in the individual countries according to practically identical criteria. Comprehensive statistical material and further information about the individual events can be obtained from the respective auditing organizations. In addition to the mentioned report which is intended to provide an initial review, they publish their own reports in the native languages and further translated versions.
10 years ago Centrex International Exhibition Statistics Union was established to develop a joint exhibition statistics system in Central Europe, to implement, supervise and attest the compilation and publishing of transparent, credible, authentic and comparable exhibition statistics fully corresponding to West European standards and present these real market values. The past ten years have justified the efforts: credible, transparent, reliable exhibition statistics, the market value indicators of this industry - which provide comparable basis for making right business decisions vis-a-vis using other communication tools - have greatly helped partners, exhibitors, visitors, industry associations in their selection and use of the most prospective trade fairs.
The figures listed in this report are under strict control of:
AFE - Spanish Trade FairAssociation
Association for Voluntary Control of Fair Statistics (FKM-Austria)
The Danish Audit Bureau of Exhibitions and Fairs
FUTFO - Finnish Union of Trade Fair Organizers
Statistical Audit Bureau for General and Spezialized Fairs and Exhibitions (OJS)
Society for Voluntary Control of Fair and Exhibition Statistics (FKM)
CENTREX - International Exhibition Statistics Union
Conference of Italian Regions and Autonomous Provinces
BDO bdc & Associates
Scandinavian Fair Control (SFC)
Russian Union of Exhibitions and Fairs (RUEF)