We go back some 100 years. First developed in Bologna, our Group now operates on the international market.
1888The first “Grande Esposizione Emiliana” held in the park of Giardini Margherita. It introduced electric lighting to Bologna and saw the building of a rack railway up to San Michele in Bosco, the other exhibition location on a nearby hill.
1901The first Bologna Trade Show held on the premises of the Eden Kursaal.
1927The beginning of regular trade fairs and the building of the modern Littoriale venue.
1948The first Footwear Exhibition held at Palazzo Re Enzo.
The 1950sThe Montagnola park becomes Bologna’s trade fair venue, and a call for tenders is issued for the building of a new exhibition centre.
19648 May: laying of the foundation stone of the halls designed by Leonardo Benevolo, Tommaso Giuralongo and Carlo Melograni.
1965Inauguration by Board Chairman Aldo Moro.
1986-90Establishment of the Bologna, Modena and Ferrara regional trade fair system.
2001The Fairsystem joint venture signed, marking the Group’s international consolidation.
2005With GiPlanet, the Group becomes Italy's leading exhibit design and installation company.
2018The Group strengthens its presence on international markets with the acquisition of Health and Beauty and the renovation of the Bologna Exhibition Centre Halls 29 and 30.