Direct spending on business events in selected countries in Europe 2017

This statistic represents the direct spending in the business events sector in selected European countries in 2017. The biggest direct impact of the sector was seen in Germany, where direct spending was calculated at 123.7 billion U.S. dollars in 2017.

Direct spending in the business events sector in selected European countries in 2017

Spending in billion U.S. dollars
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Release date

November 2018



Survey time period


Supplementary notes

The source uses the following definition for business event: "For the purpose of this study, the term "business event" refers to a gathering of 10 or more participants for a minimum of four hours in a contracted venue.

Business events include conventions, conferences, congresses, trade shows and exhibitions, incentive events, corporate/business events, and other business events that fit the aforementioned criteria.

Business events exclude social activities (wedding receptions, holiday parties, etc.), permanently established formal educational activities (primary, secondary or university level education), purely recreational activities (such as concerts and shows of any kind), political campaign rallies, or gatherings of consumers by a company for the purpose of presenting specific goods or services for sale (consumer shows, product launches to consumers).

Note that in some cases, definitions used on individual country-level studies may differ slightly from these overall definitions.

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