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Revised Globex forecasts: Solid global growth in 2022 but recovery will be slow

By Athan Siah, Co-Editor of Globex published by AMR International   It’s great to see the continuing return of live in-person events. The recent success of the UFI European Conference was a fine example of just how important it is to bring people together. Events are certainly picking up. AMR’s Globex analysis indicates that 2022 should still yield global growth of c. 40% on 2021 – this applies across most countries. However, the road to recovery will continue to slow. As we look ahead, the [...]

Globex forecasts on track for US exhibition market

by AMR’s Globex co-author Athan Siah “If you have to forecast, forecast often.” – Edgar Fiedler   Looking back at 2021, exhibition markets worldwide continued to be devastated. The promised return of F2F events was thwarted first by the Delta variant then, to a lesser extent, by Omicron. As we were editing Globex 2021 in Q3 2021, renewed uncertainty presented us with an unenviable challenge: to forecast how the industry would change again (or not) before the end of the year and beyond. It’s [...]

The impact of COVID-19 on the marketing of exhibitions

What is hot and what has changed? The impact of COVID-19 on the marketing of exhibitions Trends are always important, and interesting to watch. And it is all the more relevant in these first weeks and months of the year where we have a chance to look at the post-covid world of “new normal”. So what do we see more in the field of marketing of exhibitions? What do we see less? Where are reliable constants and structural breaks? And what is new anyway? In other words, has COVID-19 changed the marke [...]

By | 2022-03-09T10:14:35+00:00 February 25th, 2022|All|0 Comments

EEIA Position Paper: The European Exhibition Industry calls for immediate adoption of an updated framework to travel from outside the EU that is fit for purpose

The European Exhibition Industry - welcomes European countries’ lifting internal measures and restrictions on international travel - calls for immediate adoption of an updated framework to travel from outside the EU that is fit for purpose - expects coordinated implementation of such a framework across all Member States - once more encourages the Council and all Member States to specifically enable smooth business travel and to protect the safe functioning of the economy and its exhibition platf [...]

By | 2022-02-24T10:48:59+00:00 February 16th, 2022|Europe|0 Comments

The Next Generation to do list for 2022

There is nothing more promising than a blank page. Every first day of January, we unwrap our brand-new planners, ready to start organising. Focus, purpose, objectives: there is something magical about the positive energy of a new year. It is with this constructive drive that we can brainstorm, discuss and innovate. But first, let us introduce ourselves. Hello, Cinzia from Italy and Alexis from Mexico here. We are UFI Next Generation Leadership Grant winners from 2019 and 2020, and we know what o [...]

By | 2022-01-14T13:19:44+00:00 January 14th, 2022|Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

2022 UFI AWARDS – OPEN FOR PARTICIPATION

The exhibition industry has been heavily affected by the global health situation and the need to collaborate and share best practices is essential to ensure the successful organisation of events. The Awards aim at honouring outstanding initiatives of companies that have contributed to overcome several challenges. WHO CAN APPLY The award is open to both UFI members and non-members (exhibition organisers, venues, service providers and partners), on the condition that entries are event-related. Par [...]

EEIA Position Paper: Urgent Call for Coordinated Approach to Business Related Travel

The European Exhibition Industry - welcomes the Commission’s proposals to strengthen coordination of safe travel in the EU and for an updated framework to travel from outside the EU and expects swift adoption implementation - calls for a coordinated approach to swiftly adapt the EU Digital COVID Certificate’s validity and to adopt the unified EU Digital Passenger Locator Form - encourages the Council and all Member States to specifically enable smooth business travel and to protect the safe func [...]

By | 2021-11-29T16:12:59+00:00 November 29th, 2021|Europe|0 Comments

SISO/UFI Deeper Dive: Case Study on MWC Barcelona

On Feb. 12, 2020, GSMA announced the  cancellation of Mobile World Congress (MWC)  Barcelona — just 12 days before the mega-show was set to open on Feb. 24. Keep in mind: GSMA made this tough call a full month before the U.S. was shut down due to Covid. “Our biggest asset became our biggest liability when we cancelled,” said John Hoffman, CEO of GSMA, an association that represents 750 operators and 400 companies in the mobile industry. “We had a responsibility to the 110,000 attendees from 200 [...]

By | 2021-10-08T16:10:52+00:00 October 8th, 2021|Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

Adding Crisis Management to UFI’s Educational Line-Up

Adding Crisis Management to UFI’s Educational Line-Up Glenn Schoen, CEO of Boardroom@Crisis BV I much enjoyed my front row seat last year watching UFI CEO Kai Hattendorf and Programme Manager – Education & Working Groups Angela Heberholz as they and their colleagues swiftly started helping UFI members cope with the unfolding Covid-19 crisis. Enjoyed, for while the circumstances were most difficult, watching people meet a massive challenge with purpose and drive – in UFI’s case first featurin [...]

By | 2021-10-07T12:00:18+00:00 October 5th, 2021|All, Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

Why Trade Fairs are the Platform of the Future

by Klaus Dittrich, CEO and Chairman, Messe München The international trade fair industry needs to reinvent itself. IAA MOBILITY 2021 in Munich has shown where the road is going. Coronavirus has turned the world and our lives upside down. The consequences of the worst world economic crisis in post-war history will be with us for a long time to come. There can be no ‘business as usual’. These are, of course, words that can currently be heard in almost all industries. Suddenly we have to repeatedly [...]

By | 2021-09-24T09:32:03+00:00 September 24th, 2021|All|0 Comments