Discover below, among more than a thousand exhibition centers around the world, the top 10 of the world’s largest exhibition centers, ranked by their total indoor exhibition area. China and Germany together have 8 exhibition centers out of the 10 in the ranking! China, the leader in international trade and the world’s largest exporter, has 4 exhibition centers in our top 10, as does Germany, a benchmark country for the industrial sector.
1. Hannover Messe ▻ 496,000 m²
With its 496,000 m² of indoor capacity and 58,000 m² of outdoor space, the Hanover Exhibition Center remains the largest exhibition venue. It is known for hosting the annual Hanover Fair (HANNOVER MESSE) which is undoubtedly the largest industrial fair in the world with over 200,000 visitors!
The origins of this expo center go back to 1947, a few years after the Second World War, when the British government wanted to organize a trade fair (the Hanover Fair) to revive trade and industry in Germany destroyed.
For the 2000 World’s Fair, the exhibition center was given a facelift and modernized: new spaces and equipment, multi-functional facilities, 29 halls, 35 reception rooms and exceptional transports.
2. Shenzhen World ▻ 410,000 m²
Shenzhen World Exhibition & Convention Center (Shenzhen World for short) is a mega exhibition and convention complex hosting exhibitions, conferences, events (games and shows, etc.), catering and commerce.
A large-scale project, its phase I began in September 2016 and ended in September 2019. It is currently the largest exhibition center covering 1.6 million square meters, including 400,000 m² of indoor exhibition space (500,000 m² planned in the long term) and 19 halls.
3. National Convention & Exhibition Center Shanghai ▻ 400,000 m²
Shanghai National Exhibition and Convention Center (NECC) is the third largest exhibition center in the world with approximately 400,000 m² of indoor space and more than 200,000 m² of outdoor space.
Project initiated in 2009, its architecture represents a four-leaf clover, which lights up the city of Shanghai dramatically every night.
4. Messe Frankfurt ▻ 367,000 m²
Messe Frankfurt is located in the heart of the financial and business center of Frankfurt. The venue covers a total area of nearly 595,000 m² and has ten exhibition halls providing an indoor area of 367,000 m². It is so vast that shuttles are necessary to take visitors from the entrance to its various exhibition halls!
The architects of this expo center attached great importance to the highly functional character of its halls and conference rooms, ideal for hosting a wide range of events (fairs, trade shows, symposiums, congresses, etc.).
5. Crocus Expo International Exhibition Center ▻ 366,100 m²
Crocus Expo, located in Moscow, is one of the largest and most modern exhibition centers in the world, with more than 1,000,000 m², of which 366,100 m² are indoor and 19 halls!
Its versatile infrastructure therefore allows it to host major international and national exhibitions, congresses and other important events of different formats and covering a wide range of thematic profiles: automotive, transport and road construction industries, yachting, ecology, industry, medicine and ophthalmology, tourism, advertising, electronics, leisure and many others …
One example is COMTRANS, which takes place every 2 years in September.
6. Kunming International Convention and Exhibition Center ▻ 353,000 m²
DCEC, short name for Kunming Dianchi International Convention and Exhibition Center, is an impressive exhibition complex located in southern China.
Designed according to the concept of “a dancing peacock with beautiful tail feathers to bring good luck”, the DCEC consists of 23 modern and well-equipped rooms, which offer a space of approximately 500,000 square meters for exhibitions, conferences. and other types of events, including 353,000 m² of indoor exhibition space.
In 2012, Kunming hosted the Kunming Trade Fair and the China International Tourism Trade Fair, and it became the permanent venue of the China-Southeast Asia Expo, an important platform for the partnership between China and the countries from South Asia.
7. Fiera Milano ▻ 345,000 m²
Fiera Milano located in Italy comes in fifth place in the ranking of the largest exhibition centers in the world with its 345,000 m² of indoor exhibition area and 60,000 m² of outdoor space.
Each year, its 8 exhibition halls host more than 70 fairs and exhibitions, several of which are recognized worldwide: MCE MILANO – the international energy efficiency fair, SALONE DEL MOBILE – the international furniture fair ….
8. China Import And Export Complex ▻ 338,000 m²
Canton Fair Complex, formerly known as Guangzhou International Convention and Exhibition Center, is located on Pazhou Island in Guangzhou, China.
The exhibition complex covers a total area of 1,131,000 m² and has the largest exhibition hall in the world, with an indoor exhibition area of 157,935 m²!
The CANTON FAIR (China Import and Export Fair), which is China’s oldest, largest and most representative trade fair, has been held here every spring and fall since spring 1957.
9. Köln Messe ▻ 284,000 m²
The Köln Exhibition Center is the third largest exhibition center in Germany.
Its 284,000 m² exhibition area spread over 11 exhibition halls welcoming more than 2.5 million visitors each year to more than 80 major fairs and exhibitions such as ANUGA, the largest food fair in the world.
10. Düsseldorf Messe ▻ 262,000 m²
The last place in this ranking goes to the Düsseldorf Exhibition Center.
Opened in 1971, the site now includes 19 exhibition halls totaling 262,000 m² of indoor exhibition space. Its impressive infrastructure can cope with events of any format and size. Its halls ranging from 4,000 m² to 25,000 m² have been designed to flexibly accommodate any imaginable trade fair or congress.