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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 [...]

UFI Report: The Exhibition Industry in Latin America

At 528 pages, covering 27 sectors and including 16 different country reports, UFI’s Exhibition Industry in Latin America (LATAM) Report released at the end of 2020 is the most definitive report on the region since AFIDA last released an exhibition industry status report eight years ago. This new UFI LATAM Report contains key findings including the number of shows, trends and economic development of the region. Ana Maria Arango, Regional Manager of UFI for LATAM oversaw the mammoth effort, with t [...]

Meet Speaker Celia Navarrete

Mexico-based Celia Navarrete is both the current president of AMPROFEC, the Mexican Association for the Exhibition Industry and Vice President, Construction of Informa Mexico. She was part of a panel 'Government and Associations' during the 87th UFI Global Congress. Her focus is on successfully restarting the expo industry in today’s world, with today’s safety concerns top of mind, and she’s not alone. To help Mexican federal and local governments understand how different face-to-face business e [...]

Meet Speaker Lucia Palacios

Lucia Palacios, the Commercial Promotion Coordinator for VESTEX, the Apparel and Textile Association of Guatemala is part of The Future Ahead, a panel discussion during the UFI Global Congress on Tuesday, November 17 at 12:20pm (Bogota, Colombia time). Guatemala’s exhibition industry is comprised of mostly association shows with a few commercial enterprises producing proprietary expos. VESTEX, an UFI member joined the associationfor exposure to international exhibitions and the high level of edu [...]

Meet Speaker Laura Barrera

Tarsus Mexico held physical exhibitions this quarter, then made the decision to hold off on anymore until March 2021, hoping the spring will bring warmer weather and less COVID-19 cases. The shows that were held had great, enthusiastic exhibitors and visitors – and followed safety protocols to the letter. Laura Barrera, Group Show Director of Tarsus Mexico is a panelist on the Industry Leaders session at the upcoming UFI Global Congress, Tuesday, November 16th at 9:45am (Bogota, Colombia time). [...]

Meet the 2020 NGL Grant Recipients!

I had a chance to speak with the 2020 NGL Grant recipients earlier this month. For those of you who haven’t heard of it before, it’s UFI’s program to promote the next generation of leadership in the exhibition industry. It rewards young professionals who show clear initiatives in driving change and innovation in their area of activity. Spread over 18 months, the recipients traditionally have presented a session at the UFI Global Congress and are then assigned volunteer mentors (high level exhibi [...]