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Tips on Attending Live Events

I recently attended three live events – one conference and two exhibitions – in three weeks in two countries – the United States and England: SISO’s Summer Conference in the US, International Confex (London) and Speciality Fine Food Fair (London). The experiences were surreal, challenging and fantastic all at the same time. Here are some tips for those of you returning to live business-to-business events after 18 months (or more): Travel: It’s different! The bulk of travelers are tourists instea [...]

UFI LATAM’s Conference Provides Real Time Updates about the Region

UFI’s LATAM (Latin American) Conference takes place online from August 10-12 and will showcase LATAM companies and speakers from throughout the region. Unlike all other UFI events, this one is being held in Spanish and will be professionally simulcast in both English and Portuguese. With 11 sessions, 32 speakers and a lot of networking in between, I discussed the program with Ana Maria Arango, UFI’s LATAM Regional Director. It kicks off with Reinventing Live and Going Omnichannel with Marco Gilb [...]

By | 2021-07-16T10:39:14+00:00 July 16th, 2021|Americas|0 Comments

Attend the UFI European Conference from the comfort of office or home!

How do exhibition companies make money on digital events and services? That’s a big question being answered by those who have had success. Philippe Brocart, Managing Director of Maison & Objet, one of Europe’s leading gift and design shows, is one of those. He will share some tips, hazards and ideas while kicking off the annual UFI European Conference, this June 9-10 online. The show has had a proprietary online marketplace since 2017 – five years ago! Nick Dugdale-Moore, UFI’s Regional Dire [...]

Global Exhibitions Day #GED21 – What are you looking forward to most when expos reopen?

The global exhibitions industry has had a rough 16 months. Global Exhibitions Day, Wednesday June 2 this year, represents a day for our industry to unite and tell the world we are coming back (safely) and are ready to provide the fuel the world economic engine requires to recover post-COVID-19. UFI along with its many global partner associations, members, and friends is shepherding the effort to get the word out that exhibitions are key to rebuilding economies. Together our impact is 299 billion [...]

UFI MEA Conference: First UFI face-to-face event in 2021!

This year’s in-person UFI MEA Conference is, “The focus is equally about case studies, lessons learnt, collaboration and the way forward,” said UFI Regional Director MEA Naji El Haddad. The first UFI face-to-face event takes place Wednesday, May 26 at the Dubai World Trade Center, Dubai, UAE. Naji continued, “All of the speakers will be on the stage. All of the delegates will be in the seats (safely, of course). It’s 100% in person!” Speaking more about the content design of the UFI Middle East [...]

By | 2021-05-03T11:34:23+00:00 April 26th, 2021|Middle East – Africa, UFI News|0 Comments

2021 UFI Asia-Pacific Conference: A Fresh, Topical Perspective for the Future

“The UFI Asia-Pacific Conference is going all digital in 2021 and the content-driven lineup is intentional,” says UFI Asia-Pacific Regional Director Mark Cochrane. Taking place on 20 May, this event is open to both UFI members and non-members. Informa Markets have held a number of in-person events in Asia as well as a bevy of digital events, and keynote speaker Margaret Ma Connolly, President & CEO of Informa Markets in Asia, “will share the Future of Multichannel events and discuss how the [...]

#ChoosetoChallenge –This year’s International Women’s Day and Exhibitions

#ChoosetoChallenge is this year’s International Women’s Day (#IWD21) theme. With the global workforce makeup of between 60-70% being women, with a less than representational number being in high level jobs, here’s a list of what we as an industry – and personally - can do going forward: Challenge yourself to say thank you more often. Challenge your company to hire and promote a more diverse workforce when positions open up. Challenge your day-to-day mentality. This time of COVID-19 has forced us [...]

On Long-Term Views and Resilience – What the California Redwoods Can Teach Us

In January I went on a road trip to the Northern California Redwoods (USA) located near the Pacific Ocean coast, about a five-hour drive north of San Francisco. For those of you who may be unfamiliar, the Redwoods are some of the oldest living beings on the planet ranging anywhere from 800-1200 years or even more, soaring on average 320 feet or 100 meters tall. Some of the taller trees recorded are in excess of 420 feet, 128 meters. Why am I talking about the California Redwoods? Here’s why: The [...]

COVID-19 and its Impact on 2020

UFI recently released the impact of COVID-19 on the 2020 global exhibition industry with its 26th Global Barometer. It may be summed up in one word: OUCH! By all accounts, 2020 was a painful year of severe contraction for the industry – down by 68% from 2019’s figures. As one could expect, profits were also down in 2020, ranging from 47% in the Asia-Pacific region and Europe, 50% in North America, to 58% in the Middle East & Africa, and 64% in Central and South America. This latest 191 page [...]

Takeaways from Part 2 of the UFI-Explori Global Recovery Insights 2020 Study

“Return on Investment (ROI) from digital events is a something 75% of exhibitors are still searching for, although one in four say the ROI is better than face-to-face events,” commented Sophie Holt, Managing Director of Explori, UFI’s research partner about Part 2 of the UFI-Explori Global Recovery Insights Study released late last year. “As the generally lower total cost of exhibiting equates to a lower investment, a lower return might be needed to ‘balance the books.’” Part 1 of the study was [...]