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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 [...]

Yes, the quality of exhibiting companies at your show matters

During the recent #UFIConnects Webinar featuring some results of the latest UFI & Explori Global Recovery Study (with funding from SISO), there were a couple of questions which were notable. They were around factors visitors consider when deciding whether or not to attend an exhibition. The number one determining factor was the quality of exhibiting companies with 71% of respondents citing it as a huge influence, and another 22% saying it has some influence. That’s 93% of visitors looking at [...]

An Opportune Time to Connect

Now is a great time to refresh relationships with your visitors, exhibitors, sponsors, media and industry. The face-to-face, business-to-business events industry has significantly changed in 2020. Physical exhibitions are under new safety guidelines and will be for the foreseeable future. Virtual events and exhibitions are becoming commonplace. This COVID-19 world is no longer new and (unfortunately) is our normal for now. Most exhibitions traditionally have had a transactional relationship with [...]

Pandemic myopia is real

Everyone - all over the world - is suffering from Pandemic Fatigue. We are tired! Collectively as an industry dependent on social, physical face-to-face engagement, we’re tired of this virus. We’re tired of the impact on our businesses and facing an uncertain future. We’re tired of planning for one set of circumstances, only to be tasked with facing another - over, and over, and still over again. Business owners are tired of figuring out how to stay open. Employees are tired of experiencing job [...]

By | 2020-08-26T10:46:50+00:00 August 26th, 2020|All|1 Comment

The end of the world as we know it is officially here

This week the largest business-to-business, face-to-face exhibition in the United States, CES® 2021 moved to an online, all digital event. In 2019, the UFI-approved event had 170,000 visitors, 6000 media, and 4000 exhibiting companies from every corner of the world. This is the first time since 1967 that the exhibition will not be held in Las Vegas – or anywhere in person. Releasing the ‘pivot’ to virtual so early (its scheduled dates were January 6-9, 2021) sent reverberations all around the Un [...]

By | 2020-07-30T14:28:51+00:00 July 30th, 2020|All, Americas, Exhibition Industry|1 Comment

If We Hold an Expo, Will They Come?

In the movie A Field of Dreams, one of the premises are, “If you build it, they will come.” It’s something our industry has counted on for decades and even longer! However, if people are fearful of going back to their offices, how are we going to get them to attend our exhibitions? The good news is that expos are open in China and Korea. Recently a select few have been held in the United States. Exhibitors and visitors are populating convention centers again. Unfortunately, even with a few shows [...]

By | 2020-07-17T10:40:34+00:00 July 17th, 2020|Americas, Exhibition Industry|0 Comments