Wednesday, 11 May 2022


• Two days of works on the trade show world´s ongoing changes and future challenges, from environmental sustainability to cybersecurity
• The 23 members of EMECA at work under the guidance of President Ricard Zapatero from Fira de Barcelona
• Welcome from IEG CEO Corrado Peraboni, EMECA Board member and VP Treasurer

Rimini (Italy), 11th May 2022 – Starting from tomorrow, the city of Rimini will be the focus of Europe´s leading exhibition centres.
23 members, 2,000 trade shows, 400,000 exhibitors, 38.5 million visitors and over 38 million square metres of exhibition space. These are the figures* of EMECA (European Major Exhibition Centres Association), which, since 1992, has grouped together Europe´s major exhibition centres and will be holding its General Assembly until next Friday at IEG-Italian Exhibition Group´s Rimini Expo Centre. The association represents the interests of its members with governmental institutions and stakeholders at a global level and also participates in the European Exhibition Industry Alliance (EEIA), a cooperation between EMECA and the European members of UFI (the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry).

The EMECA Assembly is an important event for the global exhibition industry that punctually brings together the top management of Europe´s leading event organisers.
The meeting will be opened by Ricard Zapatero, President of EMECA and Director of International Business at Fira de Barcelona, followed by a welcome speech from Corrado Peraboni, CEO of Italian Exhibition Group and member of the EMECA Board as VP Treasurer.


´The EMECA Assembly´ says Corrado Peraboni, CEO of IEG, ´is being held at a time when the door to a real restart for the world of trade shows finally seems to be opening. Weighing up the scenarios and prospects of this sector of ours with a working group involving Europe´s leading exhibition companies is therefore of particular value. And the fact that, in this six-month period of 2022, the appointment will be held in Italy, right here in Rimini, is a source of satisfaction for Italian Exhibition Group.´

A busy two days of work and round-tables focused on the industry´s ongoing changes and future challenges with contributions from various EMACA members. Topics will include sustainable development and cybersecurity.
Moreover, during breaks and social moments, guests will have the chance to admire some of Rimini´s highlights.

Brussels Expo, KoelnMesse, Deutsche Messe Hanover, Messe Frankfurt, NürnbergMesse, Messe Stuttgart, EUREXPO, VIPARIS, Bologna Fiere, Fiera Milano, Italian Exhibition Group (Rimini, Vicenza), Veronafiere, RAI Amsterdam, Royal Dutch Jaarbeurs Utrecht, MTP Grupa, Poznan, Feira Internacional de Lisboa, Expocentre Moscow (SUSPENDED), MCH Group (Basel, Zurich, Lausanne), Palexpo Geneva, Fira de Barcelona, BEC – Bilbao Exhibition Centre, IFEMA – Feria de Madrid, Feria Valencia, NEC - National Exhibition Centre Birmingham.

*Data 2019

Italian Exhibition Group S.p.A., a joint stock company listed on Euronext Milan, a regulated market organised and managed by Borsa Italiana S.p.A., has, with its facilities in Rimini and Vicenza, achieved national leadership over the years in the organisation of trade shows and conferences. The development of activities abroad - also through joint-ventures with global or local organisers, in the United States, United Arab Emirates, China, Mexico, Brazil and India, for example – now sees the company positioned among the top European operators in the sector.

PRESS CONTACT – Elisabetta Vitali, Silvia Giorgi

This press release contains forecast elements and estimates that reflect the management´s current opinions (´forward-looking statements´), particularly regarding future management performance, realization of investments, cash flow trends and the evolution of the financial structure. For their very nature, forward-looking statements have a component of risk and uncertainty, as they depend on the occurrence of future events. The effective results may differ (even significantly) from those announced, due to numerous factors, including, only by way of example: food service market and tourist flow trends in Italy, gold and jewellery market trends, green economy market trends; the evolution of raw material prices; general macroeconomic conditions; geopolitical factors and evolutions in the legislative framework. Moreover, the information contained in this release, does not claim to be complete, and has not been verified by independent third parties. Forecasts, estimates and objectives contained herein are based on the information available to the Company as at the date of this release.

Download PDF

ITALIAN EXHIBITION GROUP SpA - Via Emilia 155, 47921 Rimini (Italy) - Registro delle imprese Rimini C.F./P.I. 00139440408 - Cap. Soc. 52.214.897 i.v. - Email: - Credits