BVV Trade Fairs Brno, a.s., is a renowned company and the largest trade fairs organizator in Central Europe. Under its direction, about fifty trade fairs take place at the Brno Exhibition Centre every year, visited by an average of one million visitors. In 2018, the exhibition centre registered a record attendance of 1,250,000 visitors.
One of the company’s most prestigious achievements is the MSV International Engineering Fair, a greatly recognized European industrial fair. The largest organized trade fair is the joint group of agricultural and forestry fairs Techagro. IDET, the international trade fair for security and defence technology, has also established a prominent name for itself worldwide.
The Exhibition Centre is also a highly sought-after venue for major congresses with accompanying exhibitions, balls, sporting events, meetings of politicians or festivals and concerts. For example, in 2007, the Rolling Stones performed here.
BVV Trade Fairs Brno also offer complete trade fair services, including the construction of trade fair stands and exhibits. BVV Trade Fairs Brno is a dealership of the Messe Düsseldorf trade fair administration for the Czech Republic. The company also participates in the organization of corporate, collective and official participations of Czech companies at foreign trade fairs, especially in Düsseldorf and Moscow.
With its complex activities, BVV Trade Fairs Brno, a.s., represents an important economic multiplier of the economy of the city of Brno and the South Moravian region with significant impact on SME employment and tourism.
Tradition since 1928
BVV Trade Fairs Brno continues the tradition of exhibitions in Brno, which began in 1928 with the Exhibition of Contemporary Culture in Czechoslovakia. In 1950s, the Brno Exhibition Centre managed to organize the Exhibition of Czechoslovak Engineering and subsequently the International Engineering Fair. Since then, the trade fair activity at the Brno Exhibition Centre has been developing and Brno has gained a reputation as a city of trade fairs. The word Brno has become a synonym for trade fairs and exhibitions in Czech.
The Brno Exhibition Centre
The Brno Exhibition Centre with an exhibition area of 130,000 square metres ranks among the largest exhibition grounds in the world (23rd place). The Exhibition Centre was built intentionally between Prague and Bratislava on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Czechoslovakia’s independence. Many buildings of the Exhibition Centre are recognized as true jewels of functionalist architecture. Thanks to continuous development and modernization that has started in 2000, it is now a modern exhibition grounds suitable for organizing trade fairs, congresses, sporting events, concerts or top political meetings. One of the most modern buildings at the Exhibition Centre is Hall P, opened in June 2009 with an exhibition area of over 10,000 square metres.
What is the BVV acronym?
Since 2001, the official name of the company in Czech is “Veletrhy Brno, a.s.” (Trade Fairs Brno, a.s.). However, the BVV acronym from the original name “Brněnské veletrhy a výstavy” (“Brno Fairs and Exhibitions”) has remained so well known that it is still used as a short name of the company. The sole shareholder of BVV Trade Fairs Brno is the city of Brno with 100% ownership as of December 27, 2016.