Honouring The Champions of Exhibition Industry

India’s One & Only Nomination Based Recognition Initiative For The Exhibition & Convention Industry

A Mega Initiative for the Indian Exhibition Industry

39140888830_7e98596b8d_zOver 800 exhibitions are held in India across a wide range of industries, each year. Exhibitions are the catalyst to the nation’s economic growth and they promote national initiatives like ‘Make In India’, ‘Start-Up India’ & ‘Skill India’.  Exhibition Organisers, Service Providers and Venues work tirelessly to make events happen. The Exhibition Excellence Awards are an initiative to recognise the unsung  heroes of the Indian exhibition industry and to acknowledge their contribution. The Exhibition Excellence Awards have been  supported by Ministry of Skill Development, Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of MSME, NSIC, ASSOCHAM, PHDCCI, Indian Exhibition Industry Association, Indian Exhibition Services Association, Indian Industries Association, UFI, IAEE, Indian Convention Promotion Bureau, Event & Entertainment Management Association, IESA, AFECA, TCEI, PIOCCI, SACEOS, TECA, IETA, RUEF, & ASME, in its previous editions. Today, The Exhibition Excellence Awards have established into a Mega initiative for industry and the EEA 2020 is all set for a its biggest ever edition – A Glorious Extravaganza Like Never Before!

The 5th mega edition of Exhibition Excellence Awards will be held on 28th March, 2020 at the CIDCO Exhibition & Convention Center, Mumbai, India. A supremely experienced jury has been formed from diverse backgrounds and internationally renowned exhibitions advisory firm JWC Consulting has been roped in as Process Advisors & Evaluators for EEA 2020 to make it the most transparent and fair platform.

5th Edition of the India's One & Only Awards Initiative for Exhibition Industry

33290284120_659b659084_zThe idea behind EEA is to promote and glorify the Exhibition & Convention Industry. EEA is well covered in National & Trade Media and is a genuine effort to recognize the hard work of Exhibition Fraternity and honour its true champions. Click here to read the media report  of EEA 2016 and Click Here to read the Post event report of EEA 2017. The event was covered by leading National and International Publications besides  being televised on National Television  –  Zee Business. Click here to watch the EEA 2017 episode on Zee Business. There are over 60 prestigious Award Categories. The nominations for EEA 2020 have now begun online and it takes just ten minutes to file in your nominations. JWC has been roped in as Process Advisors to monitor the nomination process. The tenure for awards consideration is for events held between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019. This is a ‘For Industry‘ initiative and Top Nominees and  the winners will get visibility among global audiences and at various industry forums. A special report will be compiled to showcase the leading shows in India across categories, so you must participate in this initiative.

At EEA 2020, there are 42 categories for exhibition organisers, 13 categories for service providers, 4 categories for venues and 3 categories for conferences. A truly extensive program backed with structured research has been brought to you by Exhibition Showcase, in a sincere effort to recognise the contribution of the Indian exhibition industry.

Honour & Recognition ll Knowledge ll Networking ll Celebration

sExhibition Excellence Awards are brought to you by Asia’s most comprehensive media platform for Trade Shows – Exhibition Showcase. The media house serves the exhibition industry holistically and dedicatedly through its Print Magazines, Exhibition TV, Email Newsletters, Social Media, Coffee Table Book, MICE Youth Forum and Exhibition Directory. Exhibition Showcase is a member and media partner of UFI – The Global Association of Exhibition Industry, IEIA, IESA and ICPB. Click here to read the digital magazine.Click here to watch Exhibition TV. The earlier editions of Exhibition Excellence Awards were immensely successful in its agenda of promoting the Indian Exhibition Industry.

On 28th March, 2020, the evening will set ablaze with the roaring, one of its kind, “Red Carpet Awards ceremony” followed by cocktail dinner and special entertainment programs for all attendees. While the theme is to celebrate the industry’s achievements of the year gone by, the event also serves to be a great platform for networking and connecting with the leaders of the industry. Click here to watch the EEA 2019 teaser.  EEA 2020 is a event for CEO’s & Directors and the entry is only by invitation or registration.


Exhibitions Enable Business Opportunities


Focus Sectors For Exhibition Organisers

Nomination Categories for Service Providers & Venues


Esteemed Jury Panel

Internationally renowned exhibition advisory firm JWC Consulting has been appointed as the Process Advisors & Evaluators for the Exhibition Excellence Awards 2020. An expert panel of jury comprising of leading professionals from diverse backgrounds, has been set up to oversee the nomination process and make it completely fair and transparent.

jwc is a management consultancy firm focusing on the trade fair and conference business as well as related business areas. jwc was founded in 2008 by Jochen Witt, former President & CEO of Koelnmesse and President of UFI. Over that last 10 years the company grew strongly and today jwc is active in all relevant trade fair countries of the world.

Paul Woodward

Chairman, Paul Woodward Advisory

    Matthias Tesi Baur

    Director, MBB Media Group

    Rajnish Goenka

    National Convener, MSME Cell

    Manjula Mishra

    Special Invitee – National Board on MSMEs, Government of India

      Stuart Bailey

      Chairman - Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Industry Association

        Vinod Zutshi

        Former Secretary, Ministry of Tourism

          Alexander Stedtfeld

          Economic Counselor, German Embassy

            Siddharth Gautam

            Advisor, ASSOCHAM

            Sanjay Datta

            President, Skal International Asia

              Leighton Wood

              CEO, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre

              Ashish Gupta

              Consulting CEO, Federation of Associations in Indian Tourism & Hospitality

                Renu Sharma

                Vice President, PIOCCI

                Sanjoy Roy

                President, Event & Entertainment Mgt. Association

                  Tarang Khosla

                  Chief Editor, Exhibition Showcase

                  HH Maharaja Gajsingh

                  President, Indian Heritage Hotels Association

                  Naaznin Husein

                  President, Indian Dietetic Association

                  Asif Iqbal

                  President, Indian Economic Trade Organization

                  Dr. Mahavir Singh

                  Sr. Principal Scientist & Head, Acoustics & Vibration Metrology

                  Mahendra Vakharia

                  President, Outbound Tour Operators Association of India

                  Dolly Awati

                  Chairperson Program - Deviprasad Goenka Management College of Media Studies

                  Nomination Categories for Exhibition Organizers

                  Nominations for EEA 2020 are now open. You can nominate for Shows held in the period between January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019. Nominations Close on January 10, 2020.  You can apply in multiple categories. Please read the parameters carefully. There are total 42 award categories for exhibition organizers out of which 25 fall under sector specific entries. Click on the link below to fill the nomination form. Kindly furnish supporting documents along your application. Each category must receive a minimum of three nominations, else the category may be forfeited.

                  THE LEADING SECTOR SHOWS :  To honour top shows in leading sectors. All 25 sector categories mentioned here are for shows which cater to the specified respective industries. Each sector is a different award category, eg. Leading show in xxxx.  The winner will be judged on the basis of Number of Exhibitors & Net Exhibition Area (In sq. metres. Net area is the area of booth space sold to exhibitors) of 2018 edition of the  show. Both the parameters carry  a 1:1 weight ratio. In case of a tie, winner will be adjudged on the basis of number of editions of the show. Supporting documents for all these 25 categories are Exhibitor Directory and the Floor Plan of the show.

                  1. Printing, Packaging

                    2. Textiles, Apparel

                      3. Gems, Jewellery

                        4. Wedding, Fashion

                          5. Electronics, Technology

                            6. Tools, Machinery

                              7. Engineering, Industrial

                                8. Plastics

                                  9. Travel,Tourism

                                    Similarly, there are 17 more sector specific categories in the nomination form. Some more categories are as under:

                                    Top Industry Impact Show : How your show impacts its industry positively. Mention About Show, its USP & Impact in 200 words, Area, number of Exhibitors in the last edition. This category is also open for shows that are not held on an annual basis. Please note that a show can be nominated in any one of the category only, i.e.  either for the Leading Sector Show or for The Top Industry Impact Show category

                                    The Unique Show : The organiser has produced a show on a very niche topic and is a kind of one-of-its kind show for the industry. The organiser will mention About the Show, The Value it Creates for its industry, how it’s a rare / niche / unique show of its kind, what are similar shows in that respective industry, in not more than 400 words.

                                    The knowledge Hub : On basis of number of parallel running conference sessions at the exhibition.

                                    The Fastest Growing Show : On the basis of growth in the Net Exhibition Area in 2019 edition of the show as compared to its previous edition.

                                    Top Global Dominance : On the basis of percentage of foreign exhibitor participation at the show.

                                    The Challenger : Organiser who organised maximum number of shows in B-cities (any city other than Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Ahemadabad, Bangalore, Chennai & Kolkata) in 2019.

                                    The International Star : Organiser who promotes any Indian sector abroad. Organiser will mention Details of shows done abroad in 2019

                                    Top B City Show (B2B) : For any trade show held in 2019 in any B-City ( Any city other than Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahemadabad, Chennai & Kolkata). Winner on basis of Number of Exhibitors and Net Exhibition Area in 2019.

                                    Top B City Show (B2C) : For consumer show held in 2019 in any B-City ( Any city other than Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Ahemadabad, Chennai & Kolkata).

                                    Top Make in India Supporting Show : For any Show that had maximum exhibitors in its Pavilion for ‘Make In India’.

                                    Top Start-Up India Supporting Show : For any Show that had maximum exhibitors in its Pavilion for ‘Start-Up India’.

                                    Nomination Categories for Conference Organizers

                                    Conference Organisers can nominate their shows held between January 1, 2019 – 31 December 2019. PCO’s can also fill this nomination on behalf of the show. The jury will evaluate the applications. Nominations close on January 10, 2020.

                                    Leading Industry Conference

                                    Mention details of conference organised in 2019. Mention background of this event, its history, its role for the industry, number of Delegates in 2019, number of Speakers, Industry Impact created, number of participating exhibitors etc.

                                      Nomination Categories for Exhibition and Convention Venues & MICE Hotels

                                      There are 4 categories for Exhibition Centers and MICE Hotels. Nominations Close on January 10, 2020.

                                      1. Leading MICE Venue

                                      Mention number & details of exhibitions and conferences held in 2019, Infrastructure for hosting MICE events, special facilities for organisers, visitors and service providers, venue USP, proximity to airport.

                                        2. India's Leading Exhibition Venue

                                        Mention number & details of exhibitions and conferences held in 2019, Infrastructure for hosting exhibitions, Indoor and outdoor space, special facilities for organisers, visitors and service providers, Venue USP, proximity to airport, accomodation options and accessibility of local transportation, special services, measures towards sustainability, largest event hosted with its details and area in 2018.

                                          3. Top Asian MICE Venue

                                          Open for Asia Region. Mention number & details of exhibitions and conferences held in 2019, Infrastructure for hosting exhibitions, Indoor and outdoor space, special facilities for organisers, visitors and service providers, Venue USP, proximity to airport, accomodation options and accessibility of local transportation, special services, measures towards sustainability, largest event hosted with its details and area in 2018.

                                            Nomination Categories for Service Providers, Event Agencies & PCO's

                                            Service Providing Organisations in exhibitions and conferences can nominate for providing their services in events held between 1 January, 2019 – 31 December, 2019. Nominations must be accompanied by supporting documents and self attestation. Nomination deadline is 10 January, 2020. Each category must receive a minimum of three nominations, else the category may be forfeited.

                                            1. LEADING STRUCTURE SUPPLIER

                                              2. Star Experiential Campaign

                                                3. The Tech Catalyst

                                                  4. Excellence in Design

                                                    5. Excellence in Services

                                                      6. Star Innovation Award

                                                        8. Excellence in Conference Management

                                                          9. Star in AV, Lights & Sound

                                                            10. Star in Registration Management

                                                              11. Star in Production & Visuals

                                                                12. Star in Emergency Services

                                                                  13. The Star PCO / PCM

                                                                    14. The Engaging Crowdpuller


                                                                      Honour, Recognition & Celebration all Packed in One Day

                                                                      CHIEF GUEST Smt. Meenakshi Sharma – IA & AS, Additional Director General, Ministry of Tourism (MICE) GUESTS OF HONOUR Sh. Abhishek Chandra, IAS, Dy. Secretary, Ministry of Shipping Sh. P. Udayakumar, MBA (IIM), Director – Planning & Marketing, NSIC Sh. Vijay Kumar- IEDS, Director, Ministry of Micro Small & Medium Enterprises-DI Sh. Rajnish Kumar Gupta, Director, Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship Sh. Manas Ranjan Pattanaik, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Tourism Brigadier R N Sehgal, 1965 Indo-Pak War Veteran


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                                                                      EEA 2019 - Entry Only Through Registration

                                                                      Never before in the history, was Indian exhibition industry recognized. Over 450 Exhibition & MICE Leaders will assemble to witness the gala event. The EEA is a proven knowledge platform, networking evening and a truly grand recognition forum for the Indian exhibition industry. Please note that the EEA Entry only through valid Registration or by invitation only. For details please mail to or call at 011-28533196, +91 7065100707


                                                                      What Leaders say about Exhibition Excellence Awards

                                                                      Every industry has a recognition platform for its achievers but it was missing from the Indian exhibition industry for all this while. Now that gap has been plugged & that too in the right manner.
                                                                      RAKESH KUMARED @ EPCH
                                                                      I am extremely happy to be invited as a jury to the EEA 2018. This is a great platform for honoring the achievers.
                                                                      Daniel MckinnonChairperson @ IAEE
                                                                      These awards will be a great stepping stone for enhancing the quality levels in the Indian exhibition industry.
                                                                      RAVINDER SETHIVP @ IEIA
                                                                      EEA recognises the true champions of the Indian exhibition industry.
                                                                      Praveen MittalAddl. Director @ FICCI
                                                                      EEA is a great platform for honoring the champions of the Indian exhibition industry.
                                                                      Angela HerberholzEducation Committee @ UFI
                                                                      An awards initiative like EEA is much needed in a country like India where the industry is at a growing stage and the genuine players need to be recognised.
                                                                      Karla JaguelTrainer @ Messe

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