Most Visited Trade Fair Venues Worldwide

Human civilizations have always traded with each other as far back as historical records go. Travel routes expanded cities and even created new ones altogether. For example, the Silk Route resulted in the appearance of Aleppo. Other important metropolises whose origins were humble trading posts include Malacca and Timbuktu. The movement of goods and services has always happened. For thousands of years, there has been one version of trade fairs or another across the world.

 It is at the beginning of the Middle Ages that trade fairs began to resemble their modern version. It was a period when fairs and markets would open during holy days and gather the whole community in one place. Usually, these events took place in churchyards or the outskirts of town. It was quite later that trade fairs would have dedicated spaces for their hosting. One of the earliest examples of this is the Leipzig Trade Fair in Germany. Its event space dates to the early 12th century.

Yet, with the modernisation of Leipzig, the grounds became unfavourable as a venue. Said grounds at present contain shops, supermarkets, and an ice-skating rink. The city has since built a modern convention centre and exhibition centre.

The earliest modern exhibition centre was constructed in England during the mid-19th century. It was during this time that the Bingley Hall was built in Birmingham in 1850. In the next year, the Crystal Palace came into existence. Both venues were destroyed by fire years after their construction. The Industrial Revolution served as the driving force for the creation of exhibitions. This led to Europe becoming a natural centre for the construction of exhibition centres.

At present times, Germany is the country with the most exhibition centres. It is also the nation that houses some of the largest venues in the world. Among them are the ones in Frankfurt, Hannover, Cologne, and Düsseldorf.

 The United States of America became a leading exhibition nation with the building of the Memorial Hall in 1876. This marked the beginning of the fast expansion of the exhibition sector in the USA. Yet, the nation came into its power at the start of the 20th century.

The Beijing Exhibition Centre was the last main trading centre to form in modern history. It is within China that many of the largest venues would later emerge. A leading example is the China Import and Export Fair. Another important example is the National Exhibition and Convention Centre.

The exhibition industry continues to grow in present times. This is due to trading becoming more global. This results in attendees travelling from all over the world to trade fairs. Such growth promotes a rapid expansion of existing centres. It also inspires the modernisation and the construction of more exhibition centres. Such effects can be observed at their highest in Germany, the USA and China.


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