About UFI President

Mary Larkin is the current UFI President, chairing the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, in an honorary capacity. She also serves on many industry Boards including the Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO). She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Center for Grieving Children in Portland, Maine.

UFI President’s Letter: May 2022

Dear colleagues, dear friends,   I’m delighted to share that preparations for the UFI European Conference, taking place during 4 to 6 May in Poznan, Poland, is well underway. The UFI team has been busy making sure this first face to face regional UFI conference since the pandemic started will be a successful, educational, and enriching experience for everyone. I’m particularly proud of the humanitarian effort in Poznan and I hope many of you will extend further support. In addition, our con [...]

By | 2022-05-03T15:18:00+00:00 April 27th, 2022|Exhibition Industry, UFI News, UFI Updates|0 Comments

UFI President’s Letter: April 2022

Dear colleagues, dear friends,   While keeping communities engaged and connected is still a challenge, UFI has had many successes this week! With our commitment for members and industry professionals to meet in person, UFI came up with the idea to launch the first-ever UFI Asia-Pacific Week in place of the traditional conference format, allowing members as well as the wider community to gather in person. Thanks to our regional ambassadors, twelve local events have taken place in Asian count [...]

By | 2022-04-05T15:01:48+00:00 April 5th, 2022|Exhibition Industry, UFI Updates|0 Comments

UFI President’s Letter: March 2022

Dear colleagues, dear friends, In February, we released the latest edition of the Global Barometer research, which takes the pulse of the industry. This edition of UFI’s bi-annual industry survey includes data from 401 companies in 53 countries and regions. With easing travel restrictions, our community is eager to see each other again and to meet new people! The results highlight the accelerating pace of the industry’s recovery in 2022, following the severe impact of COVID still felt on activit [...]

UFI President’s Letter: February 2022

Dear colleagues, dear friends, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all the best for 2022 and welcome all exhibition industry professionals to the year of the Tiger, which according to the Chinese zodiac, is a sign of courage and power. Omicron is spreading around the world. The strategies on recovering the exhibition industry and travel restrictions imposed by different countries are different. Unfortunately, face-to face learning and sharing is still a challenge for some countries [...]

By | 2022-02-01T14:46:14+00:00 January 25th, 2022|Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

UFI President’s Letter December 2021

Dear colleagues, dear friends, A few weeks ago, our industry took the stage at COP26, at the Global Climate Summit. I had the honour to take part in the presentation and launch of the “Net Zero Carbon Events Pledge”. Unfortunately, I could not travel to be in Glasgow in person and had to give my comments remotely from Hong Kong, even though I personally felt the importance of this moment. Think about it – a group of leaders from our industry: organisers, venues, suppliers. From all around the wo [...]

By | 2021-12-07T13:24:20+00:00 December 3rd, 2021|All, Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

UFI President’s Letter November 2021

Dear colleagues and friends, This is my first column as UFI President and it’s a real honour to have the opportunity to write to you all here. I hope you have enjoyed the UFI Congress ‘Together Again’ – a fitting title for this first physical UFI Congress for two years! The UFI team has overcome all sorts of challenges to make it happen. But of course, this is what our industry is very good at! I was disappointed not to be in Rotterdam with you all, and I hope it won’t be long before we can all [...]

By | 2021-11-09T16:07:21+00:00 November 8th, 2021|Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

UFI President’s Letter: October 2021

Dear colleagues and friends, The time has come for me to write my final column as UFI President. They say that time flies when you are working hard and having fun! And, I must say it has been an incredibly interesting, exciting and rewarding experience and one of the shortest years of my life. It has been a great privilege to hold this position, and I hope my contribution as UFI President, and efforts to serve the exhibition industry, have been appreciated. I’d like to take this opportunity to t [...]

UFI President’s Letter: September 2021

Dear colleagues and friends, The summer months are  usually a quiet time for many but not at UFI. I’d like to give you an overview of some global projects from our association. We have released two milestone industry reports and continue the organisation of the UFI Global Congress in Rotterdam. In July, UFI has released the latest edition of its flagship Global Barometer research, which takes the pulse of the industry. While the results highlight the strong impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had o [...]

By | 2021-09-07T14:00:52+00:00 September 7th, 2021|All, Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

A message from UFI President Anbu Varathan

Dear colleagues and friends, Normally at this time of year, the show season reaches one of the annual peaks around the world. Yet, one year into the COVID pandemic, venues around the world are serving as vaccination centres and emergency hospitals still in many cases, rather than welcoming show attendees. At UFI, we are tracking the recovery of exhibitions and business events. Where shows have taken place, exhibitors and visitors have expressed their satisfaction with attending shows, as well as [...]

A message from UFI President Anbu Varathan

Dear colleagues, dear friends, Beginning of February, UFI released figures stating the impact of COVID-19 on the global exhibition economy in 2020. COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the exhibition industry all over the world. However, shows are being organised again in safe and secure environments. Hopefully, with the first rollout of vaccines, we will be able to meet again, face-to-face. As I said before, the global economy is expected to see a significant recovery this year. UFI, on its [...]