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TCEB in Europe to Redefine events in Thailand

Sponsored article by TCEB The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) was in the UK in May to promote its latest exhibition campaigns to international event organisers seeking a springboard in South East Asia. A team of representatives from the bureau visited the UFI European Conference at NEC Birmingham to fly the flag for Thailand and secure new business from organisers not yet active in the country, or unaware of the fresh opportunities presented by TCEB’s latest campaigns. The event [...]

By | 2019-06-20T13:27:36+00:00 June 17th, 2019|All|1 Comment

Food and Beverage Will Be the New Emphasis of Convention and Exhibition Venues

Sponsored article by Shenzhen World. Nowadays, the old concept of “food that fills stomachs” no longer applies to today’s convention and exhibition F&B. Convention and exhibition catering was always mistakenly viewed as “window-catering”, meaning simple food, short gathering and dining time, high turnover rate. For most convention and exhibition venues, especially those who rely on exhibitions as their main business, F&B was not considered one of their core offerings; therefore, kitchen [...]

The UFI Digital Debate in Tokyo: Digital Revolution in the Exhibition Industry

Gunnar Heinrich, CEO, adventics GmbH. At the high-profile UFI Asia-Pacific Conference in Tokyo, Stephan Forseilles, Tesi Baur and I had the pleasure to debate several controversial topics about the digital revolution in our exhibition industry. With the help of the audience which could vote in real time, we took a closer look at A.I., customer experience, digital talents and digitization in the exhibition industry. Here is a wrap-up of our discussion. 1. Will A.I. change our industry completel [...]

By | 2019-05-13T13:51:12+00:00 May 13th, 2019|All, Best Practices, Digital Innovation|2 Comments

Are the rarest Digital talents attracted by the exhibition industry?

Stephan Forseilles, Head of Technology and Digital Transformation, Easyfairs. Last month, I had the pleasure to be on stage again with Gunnar Heinrich and Tesi Baur at UFI’s Asia Pacific Conference in Tokyo. With the help of the audience which could vote in real time, we debated several controversial digital topics. Digital is a big shift, both for businesses and people. To face the exponential change, businesses must be able to attract and keep the best digital talent, especially the new prof [...]

By | 2019-04-15T09:53:29+00:00 April 15th, 2019|Best Practices, Digital Innovation, Human Resources|2 Comments

Experience is the new economy: How do trade show visitors view festivalisation?

Sophie Holt, Global Strategy Director at Explori. Seated alongside a panel of trade show organisers and live event specialists, I shared some of Explori’s insights on festivalisation with the audience at this year’s International Confex. Experience is the new economy... Callum Gill, head of insight at DRP Group Perhaps driven by the growing popularity of music festivals, or high-budget corporate events raising the bar (remember the accounting software conference that ran a zip line across ExCe [...]

By | 2019-03-07T09:10:22+00:00 March 4th, 2019|All, Best Practices, Education|1 Comment

Is it time to rethink traditional event KPI’s?

Matthias (Tesi) Baur, Founder and Consultant, MBB-Consulting Group. Financial reward may be the driving force for most businesses, but it is not the only way to measure business success. Our business environment is not the same as it was 20, 10, or even five years ago and the way in which we measure performance should reflect this. Companies assessing their performance by measuring outdated Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) run the risk of performing within an outdated framework. As the basic [...]

Qatar – The New Choice for Exhibition Organisers

Ahmed AlObaidli Qatar National Tourism Council. (A contribution from UFI Diamond Sponsor: Qatar National Tourism Council) Fast-developing countries provide a plethora of opportunities for exhibition organisers. Fast-developing countries with a vision, offer a destination of choice. Our country’s vision to be a place that welcomes the world, providing seamless and curated experiences to visitors and exhibitors, has seen it top the Middle East in various rankings. Thanks to a visa policy that al [...]

By | 2019-01-28T15:31:29+00:00 January 28th, 2019|Exhibition Industry, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

What does Matchmaking mean for exhibitions?

Stephan Forseilles, Head of Technology and Digital Transformation, Easyfairs. Matchmaking has been an ‘on/off’ topic in events for at least 15 years. From the ages of manual matching in Excel to the era of artificial intelligence being the promise of effortless and real-time recommendations, things have evolved. But not so much. Most of us are still selling to exhibitors the right to annoy visitors. So, as usual in that situation, I remove my “organiser” hat and look at it from my “frequent vi [...]

Trade wars – What is your plan?

Trade wars are poison for our industry. I think this is a statement the majority would support. By Tesi Baur, CEO MBB-Consulting Group Exhibitions rely on free-trade, on a non-political platform for open discussion, on building relationships with customers, suppliers, partners and even competitors. The opportunity to trade without the constraints of suffocating red-tape, to conduct business in foreign regions without complex bureaucracy and to have the opportunity of forging partnerships to brea [...]

What should/could event engagement tech do for event organizers to survive and thrive in the digital age?

Stephan Forseilles, Head of Technology and Digital Transformation, Easyfairs. Written by Stephan Forseilles When Swapcard's Ilan Goren asked me if I'd be interested in contributing an article to their Blog on "What event engagement tech should /could do for event organizers to survive and thrive in the digital age", I jumped on the occasion. It's not everyday that you can have such a "blue sky" approach to the question. The first remark that often comes up in discussions about the future of th [...]