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SISO/UFI Deeper Dive: Case Study on IGES & SMGS

Show & Sell: An inside look at two gift shows — one by Emerald and one by Clarion — that were held in-person in November 2020 in Tennessee If you build a marketplace during COVID-19, will exhibitors and attendees come?  The answer was clearly yes for the International Gift Expo of the Smokies (IGES), produced by Emerald, and the Smoky Mountain Gift Show (SMGS), produced by Clarion Events North America - the first B2B events in the U.S for these independent show organisers since the onset of [...]

SISO/UFI Deeper Dive: Case Study on Connect Marketplace

What do event planners want more than anything in 2020? To meet in person. While that has largely been unfeasible due to COVID-19, one independent show organiser, Tarsus Group, found a way to produce a hybrid hosted buyer program and trade show in October in the U.S. To help members understand the full picture, SISO and UFI take a deeper dive by including perspective from convention center management, an attendee, and an exhibitor on their show experience. Click here to read the report If you wa [...]

Case Study: Entrance examination of the Laurea University of Applied Sciences

Entrance examination of the Laurea University of Applied Sciences, organised by Messukeskus Helsinki and in co-operation with Laurea, took place October 26-29, 2020 in Messukeskus Helsinki, Expo and Convention Centre. The show welcomed 5,000 participants  (1,100 to 1,450 persons/day) over 4 days! What % of the attendees were international (exhibitors, visitors): Laurea is an international university of applied sciences with approximately 7,800 students. The exact number of international applican [...]

Case Study: The Finnish War Veterans Federation

The Annual Meeting of the Finnish War Veterans Federation, organised by Messukeskus Helsinki in Co-Operation with The Finnish War Veterans Federation, took place in September 2020. This event welcomed 200 particpants during the course of the day, and included welcoming lunch and special programme. What % of the attendees were international (exhibitors, visitors): This was a purely domestic event. What were the most important factors contributing to the re-opening events overall success? COVID-19 [...]

SISO/UFI Deeper Dive: Case Study on Super Pet Expo

How All Show Services Produced a B2C Show Safely and Successfully in Virginia Find out how All Show Services produced a B2C show safely and successfully in Virginia! Show Producer Eric Udler shares insight on how his team and their partners were able to pull off one of the first consumer shows in the U.S. since COVID-19. To help members understand the full picture, SISO and UFI take a deeper dive by including perspective from convention center management, an attendee, and an exhibitor on their s [...]

UFI and SISO call for “Testing over Quarantine” policies to keep businesses going

UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, and SISO, the Society for Independent Show Organizers, today call on policymaker and governments around the world to empower the best policy solutions to maintain the flow of people, products, and services - and in doing so, to activate the potentials of rapid antigen COVID tests. The statement, signed by UFI President Mary Larkin (President Diversified Communications, USA) and SISO Chair Doug Emslie (Group Chief Executive, Tarsus Group), r [...]

By | 2020-10-13T06:42:32+00:00 October 8th, 2020|All, Exhibition Industry, UFI News|0 Comments

Proposal for Events Industry Hibernation Support Package

A letter sent to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak on 02 October 2020. Dear Prime Minister, Dear Chancellor, Proposal for Events Industry Hibernation Support Package As representatives of the UK events industry we are writing to raise our serious concerns over the existential threat faced by our sector given the Government’s decision to close events for at least another six months and the inability of many events companies to access the support meas [...]

By | 2020-10-02T15:42:34+00:00 October 2nd, 2020|All, Europe, Exhibition Industry|0 Comments

State Aid for the Event Industry – Coronavirus – Germany and Europe

A letter sent to the European Commission on 22 September 2020 Dear Ms. Executive Vice-President Vestager, The event industry has been devastated by the effects of the coronavirus. All of the market segments: business events, cultural events, and public events have not been able to generate revenue since the beginning of March 2020. The necessary regulations to protect the public: hygiene and social-distancing requirements, make the planning and implementation of events non-economical. Furthermor [...]

By | 2020-09-23T09:53:15+00:00 September 23rd, 2020|Europe|0 Comments

So you think exhibitions are dead? You’re wrong.

On Jerry Seinfeld's column about New York’s resilience, and the inspiring energy of meeting face-to-face. *by Fernando Gorbarán, CEO, Messe Frankfurt Argentina, UFI LatAm Vice Chapter Chair Last week a New York Times column by famous comedian Jerry Seinfeld went viral, in which he replies to James Altucher—a well-known businessman and writer—for stating that "New York is dead forever." A few days earlier Altucher had posted on his LinkedIn that, due to the pandemic and thanks to new technologies [...]

By | 2020-09-15T13:58:53+00:00 September 7th, 2020|All, Americas, Exhibition Industry|1 Comment

The JMIC Global Manifesto: More than Just Another Pronouncement

“Oh, no, not another industry statement!” Members of the meetings industry could be easily forgiven for that kind of reaction to the recent announcement by the Joint Meetings Industry (JMIC) of their global manifesto completed and distributed last week. Four months into the COVID-19 pandemic, and with little clear end in sight, we are awash in industry pronouncements and assertions, even though the route to recovery in this highly challenging situation remains unpredictable, to say the least. Bu [...]

By | 2020-07-23T08:49:29+00:00 July 23rd, 2020|All, Exhibition Industry|0 Comments