2019 has been a momentous year in our industry – and a very active year at UFI. I thought about how best to capture some of the year's highlights from our association's advocacy, education, events, and research. I ended up with this series of small blog posts – some short, personal comments alongside the work we did this year for you, our members. We’ve already published Part 1 and Part 2. Here are my personal top three – I hope you enjoy them. Happy holidays, and have a successful 2020! 3. Our [...]
Mary Larkin, UFI President 2019-2020 When Corrado Perraboni spoke with me about joining the Trio, I was first of all honoured at the many firsts: first female, first American, first Irish woman. Right away I wanted to ensure that these firsts really make an impact on our industry which I have been a part of for almost my entire career. 2020 brings a new decade and opportunities to develop and shape the future of our industry. So what are the most pressing issues, what are the most pressing opp [...]
2019 is drawing to a close, and the second decade of the century will soon be behind us. So get ready to enter the 2020s! As we enter this new decade, the world seems to have become less stable and more disrupted in many aspects of life - in politics, in tech, in societies and in business. Every year, UFI tracks developments in the exhibition and event industry worldwide, at our events, in numerous conversations and through many other channels. Here are our five trends that leaders in exhibition [...]
2019 has been a momentous year for our industry – and a very dynamic year at UFI. I thought about how best to capture some of the year’s highlights from our association’s advocacy, education, events, and research. I ended up with this series of small blog posts – some short, personal comments alongside the work we did this year for you, our members. We already published the first part of the list. Here are my choices 6 to 4 – I hope you enjoy them. 6. The 3rd UFI-VMA Venue Management School Shan [...]
2019 has been a momentous year in our industry – and an active and engaging year at UFI. I thought about how best to capture some of this year’s highlights from our association’s advocacy, education, events, and research activities. I ended up with this blog post – some short, personal comments alongside the work we did this year for you, our members. Here are my places 10 to 7 – I hope you enjoy them. 10. A BIG Screen Washington, DC (U.S.A.), May 2019 – I admit I do quite a few presentations at [...]
Marco Giberti, Founder and CEO, Vesuvio Ventures For those of you who read the 2007 famous book from Nassin Nicholas Taleb "The Black Swan" you may remember how Taleb, a former risk-taker and options trader professional focuses on the extreme impact of rare and unpredictable events — and the human tendency to find simplistic explanations for these events, retrospectively. Taleb calls this the Black Swan theory, a metaphor that describes an event that comes as a surprise, has a major effect and [...]
Development of knowledge shouldn’t stop when you get out of school. The world is changing at an ever-faster pace. Great learning opportunities are out there.
Agents in all branches of our far-reaching ecosystem need to walk the walk if we are to get where we want to go. Particularly those responsible for promoting their clients to us; we deal in trade, not tourism.
Antony Reeve-Crook, Director, ArciMedia Ltd. News that three of the most prominent business event associations are putting ‘collaboration over competition’, pooling their resources to bring greater value to their members, reveals much about the shared paths our industries are following. The global associations AIPC (International Association of Convention Centres), ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association) and UFI (Global Association of the Exhibition Industry) have embarked on [...]
Sponsored article by TCEB The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) was in the UK in May to promote its latest exhibition campaigns to international event organisers seeking a springboard in South East Asia. A team of representatives from the bureau visited the UFI European Conference at NEC Birmingham to fly the flag for Thailand and secure new business from organisers not yet active in the country, or unaware of the fresh opportunities presented by TCEB’s latest campaigns. The event [...]