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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

Hong Kong hosts first exhibition since outbreak began

On Saturday, 23rd May, Hong Kong hosted its first exhibition since the COVID-19 outbreak shutdown the events industry in early February. The Hong Kong Wedding Fair was organized by Hongkong-Asia Exhibition Limited (HAE). This was a purely consumer exhibition with local exhibitors and visitors. The three-day event ran from 22nd to 24th May and it was held in Hall 1 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). Mark Cochrane, UFI’s Region Manager in Asia Pacific was onsite at the ex [...]

By | 2020-06-29T10:20:09+00:00 May 26th, 2020|All, Asia – Pacific|1 Comment

Case Study: Learnings from KINTEX hosting the first exhibition held in South Korea after COVID 19

Senior Vice President, Mr. Park Jong Geun As the Korean government shifted its months-long social distancing campaign to a more relaxed “distancing in daily life” campaign from May 6, KINTEX decided to reopen its exhibition halls for the first time since the most recent exhibition in January. The event, the 53rd MBC Construction Expo, was organized by PEO Dong-A Fairs and held from May 8 to 11. Considering the timing of show in the midst of the COVID19 pandemic, the PEO and KINTEX agreed to es [...]

By | 2020-06-29T10:52:22+00:00 May 15th, 2020|Asia – Pacific|3 Comments

BECA COVID-Safe Guidelines for the Business Events Industry

The Business Events Council of Australia (BECA) has formally established a Safety and Hygiene Subcommittee to ensure the business events industry is ready to safely restart and that government and the public can be confident that restrictions can be lifted. Aim BECA recognises that an opportunity exists to secure a restart of the industry much sooner than the allowances that will need to be made for mass gatherings. Because business events are an extension of the workplace and delivered in a con [...]

By | 2020-05-13T09:21:20+00:00 May 13th, 2020|All|0 Comments

Global Exhibitions Day – 3 June 2020

Connect and share with the exhibition industry this Global Exhibitions day. There will be webinars, online get-togethers, live social media, and other fun activities you can join in to celebrate GED2020. Find a list below. Are we missing something? Send us the details at ged@ufi.org. Also keep an eye on #GED2020, on your favorite social media channel, to see the amazing content being shared to mark our industries “Big Day”. ______________________________________________________________________ 2 [...]

By | 2020-06-02T16:34:49+00:00 May 12th, 2020|All|0 Comments