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Trade Fairs in India


Trade Fairs in India: An Overview

Trade fair in India

A Trade Fair at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi


Introduction – Being at a Trade Fair is a great experience. You know that the trade shows are about energy, they’re about buzz, it is a wonderful networking opportunity, it is really about innovation in your industry and being well informed and well educated about your industry. You’ll meet more people in that three or four days then you can get then in same days otherwise so it’s a really great networking opportunity. There are many Trade Fairs in India , both B2B and B2C Exhibition like REI Expo, Elecrarma , Acetech, JJS etc.

Apart from B2B Exhibitions there lots of B2C Exhibitions where you can go with your family and have a great day. Whether you are a Business Owner or Family Member, Trade Fairs offers a lot of things to both. In India Trade Shows like India International Trade Fair ( IITF )  at Pragati Maidan, Auto Expo Show at India Expo Mart, Greater Noida are great crowd pullers. A Trade Show introduces you to Latest Innovation, New Technology & the most advanced product in its category which is or will be available to market in future.


Global Exhibition industry

As per UFI, the global association for the exhibition industry. Globally, there are approximately 32,000 exhibitions each year, featuring 4.5 million exhibiting companies and attracting over 303 million visitors. Exhibitors and visitors combined spend around $137 billion every year on exhibitions, making exhibitions a significant global industry.

In 2018, the total number of venues with a minimum of 5,000 sqm of gross indoor exhibition space around the world was 1,217 and the gross exhibition space available is 34.7 million sqm. 3.2 million total jobs are directly and indirectly supported by exhibitions. The total output in business sales including direct, indirect and induced output is 325 billion dollar.

Trade Fairs in India

The Indian exhibition is destined to grow. A Close to 900 Trade shows are taking place at various exhibition venues in India. There are some new venues for trade shows are coming up whereas in India it’s estimated at Rs 68,000 crore, Exhibitions have a huge impact on the domestic economy and it’s GDP. Exhibitions not only positively impact the Business but also drive the Innovation, Growth and increase the International Business between the Nations.

The proactive policies of the Indian market has witnessed a big change and exponentially growth over the last 20 years, a promising future and government and its bureaucracy has allowed for an ecosystem where businesses can be developed more easily. The Indian exhibition industry is among the primary to make benefit -making it a multi-billion industry.

Trade Fairs in India

Old Pragati Maidan Picture


Major Exhibition Venues in India

In India there are around 30 Major Exhibition Venues are available in major cities of the Country. Few of them are famous all over the world like Pragati Maidan in Delhi, Bombay Exhibition Center in Mumbai, India Expo Mart at Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, Hitex Exhibition Center, Hyderabad, Bengaluru International Exhibition Centre. ( BIEC ) Bengaluru, Helipad Grounds Gandhinagar, Chennai Exhibition Center, Chennai, Jaipur Exhibition & Convention Center, Jaipur.  To check the State wise Exhibition Venue List Click Here

Famous Trade Fairs in India

There are around 1000 Big & Small Exhibitions are happening in India on yearly basis. Few of them are  the  more then 20 years old exhibitions like India International Trade Fair at Pragati  Maidan. Auto Expo which is currently happens at India Expo Mart Greater Noida.



The India International Trade Fair (IITF) , ever since its inception in 1980, has evolved as a major event for the business community. It is a premier event organized by the India Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO), the nodal trade promotion agency of the Government of India. The event is held between 14–27 November every year at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India. IITF is a major tourist attraction and lakhs of people visit the fair every year. This annual event provides a common platform for the manufacturers, traders, exporters and importers. The fair displays comprises a wide range of products and services including automobiles, coir products, jute, textiles, garments, household appliances, kitchen appliances, processed food, beverages, confectionery, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, cosmetics, bodycare & health care products, telecommunication, power sector, electronic sector, furniture, home furnishings, sporting goods, toys, and engineering goods.


Auto Expo

The Auto Expo was conceived in the year 1985 and had its debut showcasing in 1986. The Auto Expo 1986 was a window for technology transfers showing how the Indian Automotive Industry was absorbing new technologies and promoting indigenous research and development for adapting these technologies for the rugged Indian conditions. The Auto Expo 1986 was marked by then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. The 9 day show was organized from 3 to 11 January 1986 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. Auto Expo 2020 was billed as one of the world’s premier auto shows. A signature event that witnessed the best minds coming together on a single platform to showcases all that was best in the automotive world, in terms of products, technologies, concepts and trends


DefExpo 2018-the 10th edition of the biennial mega defence exhibition-pitched India as the ‘Emerging Defence Manufacturing Hub’. The Previous edition was the stage for over 50 bilateral G2G Meetings, the signing of 40 MoUs, and witnessed participation from over 700 exhibitors. This edition, focusing on ‘Digital Transformation’, is poised to see larger participation of defence manufacturers from both the public and private sectors, OEMs and MSMEs. The event provides an ideal platform for business, decision makers and policymakers to interact, to address common concerns and to not only establish India as a defence manufacturing hub but also to bolster the global ecosystem.



ELECRAMA is the biggest Electrical & Electronics Exhibition Fairs, is organized by Indian Electrical & Electronics Manufacturers’ Association (IEEMA), the apex industry association of electrical equipment, industrial electronics and allied equipment manufacturers in India. Founded in 1948, IEEMA is the first ISO certified industry association with 800+ member organisations encompassing the complete value chain in power generation, transmission and distribution equipment



The International Granite & Stone Fair – STONA found its existence in the year 1987 and since then it is one of the most preferred platforms in the granite and other related industry.Being the first of its kind exhibition in Asia, STONA is the pioneer in this field and is a perfect podium that showcases the best in the industry and connects directly with the stone trade and industry.

Now Stona is Considered as the World’s Fourth Biggest Stone Fair



AAHAR The International Food & Hospitality Fair, New Delhi, India, is in its 34th year. Organized by India Trade Promotion Organisation (the premier trade promotion body of the Government of India), AAHAR is one of Asia’s best known brands in Food & Hospitality shows. The show has grown by leaps & bounds in recent years and is today the well known destination for global vendors and sourcing professionals



India International Garment Fair (IIGF) is a specialized bi-annual fair. The fair for Autumn/Winter season is organised in the month of January and for Spring/Summer season, fair is organised in the month of July, every year. IIGF has been globally recognized as one of the leading fairs for the Indian Garment Export Industry and is one of the Asia’s biggest apparel fair.



ACETECH is Asia’s leading trade fair for architecture, building materials, art and design, the third-of-its-kind in the world. Our unique forum offers opportunities to not just exhibit, but also to create a long-lasting impression on the decision-makers of the architectural industry. Over 15 years, we’ve evolved as a brand with the nation; better cater to the needs of a young & developing India.



REI 2020

The forthcoming 14th epic edition of REI Expo being held during 23-25 September 2020, is estimated to attract over 800+ Exhibitors, 40,000+ trade visitors and multiple Country Pavilions from across the globe. The Show was a perfect Industry showcase wherein esteemed policy-makers, decision-makers, influencers, technical experts and professionals from across the globe congregated to discuss current challenges, reforms, technological advancements and to develop a roadmap for seamless growth of the sector.


Trade Fairs in India: ITPO – Nodel Agency


ITPO, the premier trade promotion agency of the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India is committed to showcase excellence achieved by the country in diverse fields especially trade and commerce.

ITPO provides a wide spectrum of services to trade and industry and acts as a catalyst for growth of India’s trade. ITPO approves holding of international trade fairs in India and regulates holding of various expositions in India primarily to avoid any duplication of efforts while ensuring proper timing. It manages India’s world class exhibition complex which is constantly upgraded to keep it in a high standard of readiness. Spread over 123 acres of prime land in the heart of India’s capital, New Delhi, Pragati Maidan offers about 61,290 sq. mtrs. of covered exhibition space in 16 halls, besides 10,000 sq. mtrs. of open display area. The state-of-the-art exhibition halls have enhanced the appeal of Pragati Maidan as the ideal center for an increasing number of fair organisers and business visitors from different parts of the world.

ITPO has an extensive infrastructure as well as marketing and information facilities that are availed by both exporters and importers. ITPO’s regional offices at Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata and Mumbai, through their respective profile of activities, ensure a concerted and well coordinated trade promotion drive throughout the country.

With the commissioning of the state-of-the-art Chennai Trade Centre (CTC) in January 2001 and the Trade Centre Bangalore in September 2004, ITPO has successfully completed the first phase of the setting-up of modern exhibition facilities outside Delhi. The Chennai Trade Centre which addresses a long-felt need for a permanent and modern exhibition venue in Tamil Nadu, has already emerged as a hub of trade-related activities in the region.

Likewise, the formal commissioning of the Trade Centre Bangalore (TCB), at Whitefield on September 20,2004 as a joint initiative of TPO and the Karnataka State Industrial Area Development Board, is the harbinger of an added impetus to trade promotion through fairs, exhibitions and associated activities of the State and Southern region.

ITPO is a Mini-Ratna Category-1 Central Public Sector Enterprise (CPSE) with 100 percent shareholding of Government of India..

In January 2016, ITPO appointed NBCC as Project Management Consultant (PMC) for Integrated Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre (IECC) project as part of Redevelopment of Pragati Maidan. The project garnered much media attention due to demolition of Hall of Nations and Nehru Pavilion by ITPO in April 2017, after approval from Delhi High Court. ITPO has awarded the IECC construction work to Shapoorji Pallonji Group for INR 2150 crores, making the project cost go over whopping INR 2600 crores.

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Some of the Event of ITPO at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi –

Aajeevika                                                                            India International Security Expo

Smart City India Expo                                                       India International Footwear Fair, New Delhi

Delhi Book and Stationary Fair                                       India International Trade Fair

New Delhi World Book Fair                                             Aahar- The International Food & Hospitality Fair

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Major Exhibition Organizer

For Trade Fairs in India, there many national and international exhibition & trade shows organizer are present.  Considering the Booming Economy & Size of country there are many regional trade fairs organizer are also playing their part. Around 100 International, national exhibition organizer are there. Some of the names are given below –

PDA Trade Fairs (PDATF) India

Pharmaceuticals Export Promotion Council of India – Pharmexcil India


Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs India Pvt. Ltd. India

Confederation Of Indian Industry


Informa Markets India ( Formerly UBM India )

Messe Dusseldorf India Pvt. Ltd. India

NurnbergMesse India India

IDA India


Steel Market Info India

The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) India

UMG Index Tradefairs Pvt. Ltd. India

Sphere Travelmedia & Exhibitions Pvt. Ltd.

India Exposition Mart Ltd


Aakar Exhibition Pvt. Ltd

Reed Exhibitions India India

Media Today Pvt. Ltd. India

Mack Brooks Exhibitions UK

Messe Muenchen India Pvt. Ltd. India

Mex Exhibitions Pvt. Ltd. India

Tool & Gauge Manufacturers Association Of India India

PHD Chamber Of Commerce & Industry India

InfoCommAsia Pte Ltd Singapore

Reed Exhibitions India

Triune Exhibitors Private Limite

Radeecal Communications India

Indore Infoline Pvt. Ltd. India

Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India


K And D Communication Limited India

CIMS Medica India

Inter Ads Exhibitions Private Limited

Koelnmesse Ya Tradefair Pvt. Ltd.

National Book Trust, India (NBT, India)

Hyve India Private Limited

Zak Trade Fairs & Exhibitions Pvt. Ltd. India

Plastics Export Promotion Council India

Radiaant Expositions Ltd

Indian Electrical and Electronics Manufacturers Association (ieema) India

Defense Exhibition Organization

Federation of Indian Granite & Stone Industry


Conclusion –  

The present situation inside the business is reflecting development for littler shows and World Class Exhibition can grow if we make certain changes. There are little changes that we’d prefer to shape, and huge positive outcomes will follow. With better framework and government bolster the measurements will just develop inside the up and coming years