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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

Position paper – Trade fairs and exhibitions business still flat Incentives for exhibitors and visitors needed

Exhibitions are essential strategic instrument to boost economic recovery, digitisation and the Green Deal Fragmentation of reopening conditions Nearly everywhere in the Europe, business events and exhibitions are permitted again, starting the latest in September or – in some cases - October this year. All exhibition centres are in close contact with their local authorities about the respective protocols to keep exhibitors, visitors, contractors and staff safe and healthy. Although in principle [...]

By | 2020-07-17T13:23:44+00:00 July 17th, 2020|All, Americas, Exhibition Industry|0 Comments

The Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau has released the “Guidelines for MICE Event Organizers for Infectious Disease Control”

MICE events (a general term encompassing exhibitions, academic conferences, and other business events) have long generated business opportunities and innovation, pushed research forward, and contributed to regional vitalization, fulfilling a vital role as a driving force in economic development. However, amid the COVID-19 pandemic the MICE industry has seen an unprecedented number of cancellations and postponements, stagnating the business activity that MICE events bring forth and creating a sev [...]

By | 2020-06-29T10:15:06+00:00 June 22nd, 2020|Asia – Pacific|0 Comments

Taiwan lifts restrictions on mice events to boost post-epidemic domestic demand

The Bureau of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) jointly launched a press conference on June 10 announcing that Taiwan has lifted domestic restrictions on the MICE industry. From June to August 2020, over 50 events are scheduled including shows, concerts, and activities. Beverages, bakery items, pets, outdoor activities, gaming and more will be showcased in response to the strong domestic demand in the post pandemic era. Chen Cheng- [...]

By | 2020-06-29T10:16:21+00:00 June 22nd, 2020|Asia – Pacific|0 Comments

SACEOS LAUNCHES INDUSTRY RESILIENCE ROADMAP FOR THE FUTURE OF MICE AND EVENTS

SINGAPORE 17 June 2020 — The Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (SACEOS), together with Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and Enterprise Singapore (ESG), has commenced work on an Industry Resilience Roadmap (IRR), which will serve as an “operational handbook” for MICE enterprises to develop their agility and build resilience for a post-Covid world. The IRR is focused on three strategic objectives: 1. Safe and sustainable operating environment: Outlining safe [...]

By | 2020-06-29T10:17:18+00:00 June 17th, 2020|Asia – Pacific|0 Comments

Position Paper – TODAY IS GLOBAL EXHIBITIONS DAY!

Exhibitions are the most powerful ECONOMIC GROWTH ENGINES that drive economic recovery and the EU’s progress on a fast track mode Exhibitions are key to rebuilding economies The trade fairs and exhibitions industry will reconnect and rebuild businesses. We are an industry that is proud to be both a contributor to local economies and a stimulus for business growth throughout the world. Exhibitions are the marketplaces and meeting places for entire industries – regionally, nationally, and internat [...]

By | 2020-06-29T10:19:14+00:00 June 3rd, 2020|All, Europe, Exhibition Industry, UFI News|1 Comment