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|0 Comments

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

TCEB launch “New Norm Exhibition Support” for Post-COVID19 for all Exhibition in Thailand

The Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has joined forces with the Thai Exhibition Association (TEA) to promote the ‘new normal’ of exhibitions management and operations. The Exhibitions New Norm SOP (Exhibitions New Norm Standard Operation Procedures) has been conceived as a guideline for all businesses in the exhibition ecosystem. It provides the markets our industry serves with the assurance that they can trade safely and securely in Thailand, in the wake of the Covid-19 epidem [...]

By | 2020-07-16T09:25:42+00:00 July 16th, 2020|All, Asia – Pacific, Exhibition Industry|0 Comments

Message from UFI President Mary Larkin – July 2020

Dear colleagues and friends, The Power of collaboration and leadership has become very apparent in our industry during the COVID-19 crisis. The industry has aligned itself around one issue – the safe reopening of events! This has put the focus on the importance of advocacy within and for our industry. Let’s face it: For the most part, many players from our industry saw little need for advocacy in recent years. Business was going well, with economies growing simultaneously around the world. Howev [...]

By | 2020-07-08T14:59:39+00:00 July 8th, 2020|All, UFI News|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

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

Message from UFI President Mary Larkin – May 2020

UFI President Mary Larkin Dear colleagues and friends, The value of Pre-Competitive Collaboration is as important as ever and is visible more and more every day in our industry. Even in normal times, we in the exhibition and events industry are unique in how much information we share with each other. In these turbulent times, the collaboration among companies has risen to a new level, which is truly inspirational. Sharing information on best practices on how to reopen the doors to events, from [...]

By | 2020-05-12T07:20:27+00:00 May 11th, 2020|All|0 Comments