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The Indian Exhibition Industry: Scale & Shape in the Next 10 Years


The Indian exhibition industry has witnessed remarkable growth over the years, contributing significantly to the country’s economic development. As one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, India presents immense potential for the exhibition sector. In this article, we will explore the current state of the Indian exhibition industry and delve into the envisioned scale and shape it can achieve in the next 10 years. Additionally, we will highlight the crucial role played by the Council of Indian Exhibition Organisers (CIEO) in catalysing this growth.

Current State of the Indian Exhibition Industry

The Indian exhibition industry has undergone a substantial transformation in recent years, owing to various factors such as globalization, technological advancements, and government initiatives. With a diverse range of sectors, including manufacturing, healthcare, technology, and agriculture, the industry has become a platform for companies to showcase their products and services, connect with potential customers, and explore new business opportunities.
Currently, India hosts numerous exhibitions throughout the year, both large-scale international events and regional or sector-specific exhibitions. These exhibitions attract participants from across the globe, fostering international trade and boosting the country’s reputation as a premier business destination.
Scale and Shape of the Indian Exhibition Industry in the Next 10 Years: Looking ahead, the Indian exhibition industry is poised for tremendous growth. The sector is expected to witness an expansion in terms of both scale and shape, thanks to several key factors.

Growing Economy and Market Potential

India’s rapidly growing economy, rising disposable incomes, and expanding middle class are driving increased consumer spending. This creates a conducive environment for companies to invest in marketing and brand promotion through exhibitions. As a result, the scale of exhibitions is projected to increase significantly, attracting more participants and visitors.
Technological Advancements and Digitalization: Technology has revolutionized the way exhibitions are organized and experienced. With the advent of virtual and hybrid exhibitions, participants can now connect with a global audience without the constraints of physical presence. The integration of augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and artificial intelligence (AI) into exhibition experiences will further enhance engagement and interactivity. The industry is set to embrace these advancements, thereby expanding its shape and reach.
Government Support and Initiatives: The Indian government recognizes the importance of the exhibition industry as a driver of economic growth and employment generation. Policies promoting ease of doing business, infrastructure development, and the establishment of exhibition centres across the country are fostering a favourable ecosystem. These initiatives will contribute to the industry’s expansion in terms of scale and geographical spread.

CIEO’s Role in Catalysing Growth

The Council of Indian Exhibition Organisers (CIEO) plays a pivotal role in supporting and promoting the Indian exhibition industry. CIEO serves as a unified platform, bringing together exhibition organizers, service providers, and industry stakeholders. By fostering collaboration and knowledge sharing, CIEO acts as a catalyst for industry growth.
CIEO provides valuable resources and guidance to exhibition organizers, helping them enhance their organizational capabilities and deliver exceptional experiences. The association also actively engages with the government and policymakers to advocate for the industry’s interests and influence favourable policies.
Through its various initiatives, CIEO facilitates skill development, capacity building, and networking opportunities for industry professionals. This strengthens the overall ecosystem and contributes to the sustainable growth of the Indian exhibition industry.

The Indian exhibition industry is on a trajectory of significant growth, driven by the country’s expanding economy, technological advancements, and government support. Over the next 10 years, the sector will witness a remarkable increase in scale and shape, offering greater opportunities for businesses to connect, collaborate, and thrive. As the Council of Indian Exhibition Organisers (CIEO) continues to support and empower industry stakeholders, the future of the Indian exhibition industry looks promising, making it an exciting space for both domestic and international businesses to explore and leverage.

– Vishal Ganju – Secretary General , Council of Indian Exhibition Organisers ( CIEO )