UFI President’s Letter: September 2021

Dear colleagues and friends, The summer months are  usually a quiet time for many but not at UFI. I’d like to give you an overview of some global projects from our association. We have released two milestone industry reports and continue the organisation of the UFI Global Congress in Rotterdam. In July, UFI has released the latest edition of its flagship Global Barometer research, which takes the pulse of the industry. While the results highlight the strong impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had o [...]

By | 2021-09-07T14:00:52+00:00 September 7th, 2021|All, Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

Update from the CEO: September 2021

Dear colleagues, as the summer is drawing to a close here in Europe, the UFI team is back at full strength – and also increasingly back in our office in Paris! It’s been an unusually wet summer across Central Europe – not the only part of the world that encounters changing weather. Be it forest fires and heatwaves, Hurricane Ida slamming New Orleans in the US, flooding washing away whole parts of cities in Germany – humans have already heated the planet by roughly 1.1 degrees Celsius, or 2 degre [...]

By | 2021-09-07T13:57:46+00:00 September 7th, 2021|All, Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

Mentoring within the UFI Programme

Lou Kiwanuka, The Shaper Group, The Ops Nest I was delighted to be asked to be part of the UFI Leadership Programme earlier this year, and even more delighted when I found out that my mentee, Erika, was pregnant with her 2nd child - what more privilege can you get than being part of someone’s preparation for a new life!? As with most life situations, our challenge was to configure a plan so that Erika could get the most out of our mentoring programme in the time we had. There is no doubt that th [...]

By | 2021-09-03T08:48:43+00:00 September 2nd, 2021|All, Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

Event Refresh and Event Sales – Re-freshen your event ideas!

An interview with the Co-Creators of Event Refresh and Event Sales, Frazer Chesterman FM Future and Paul Streeter PSJ Training who will be delivering two exciting new courses in the Autumn as part of the UFI certified professional programme. Who are you and what is your background? Frazer : I have both have around 25 plus years working in the exhibition and events industries, mostly launching and running shows in various markets from events for PA’s, events for exhibiting, to professional traini [...]

By | 2021-09-06T07:45:08+00:00 September 1st, 2021|All, Americas, Asia – Pacific, Education, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

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 [...]

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 [...]

A message from UFI President Anbu Varathan

Dear colleagues and friends, Normally at this time of year, the show season reaches one of the annual peaks around the world. Yet, one year into the COVID pandemic, venues around the world are serving as vaccination centres and emergency hospitals still in many cases, rather than welcoming show attendees. At UFI, we are tracking the recovery of exhibitions and business events. Where shows have taken place, exhibitors and visitors have expressed their satisfaction with attending shows, as well as [...]

Equality in Exhibitions for International Women’s Day 2021

We strongly believe in promoting diversity and inclusion in the exhibition industry, and we’re very pleased to be recognising International Women’s Day (IWD) 2021. Industry Voices The official theme of IWD 21 is “Choose to Challenge,” and we wanted to give people from the industry that opportunity to share their vision for equality in the exhibition industry. We asked people “What could equality look like in the exhibition industry?” and this is what they said... UFI Connects We are also pleased [...]

By | 2021-03-08T09:06:18+00:00 March 3rd, 2021|All, Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

The European Exhibition Industry welcomes European Council plan to develop digital vaccination certificate, calls upon EU Tourism Ministers to safely restore travel in a coordinated approach. 

Fragmented travel regulations and restrictions within the EU and globally remain a major barrier for international exhibitions and professional events to resume business. Instead, increasing and speeding-up vaccinations combined with cost-effective rapid testing and intelligent tracing solutions will foster both the protection of health and enable travel within Europe and worldwide and to start the economic recovery. EU-wide and globally compatible digital health certificates are a key tool to r [...]

By | 2021-02-26T14:17:51+00:00 February 26th, 2021|All, Europe, Exhibition Industry|0 Comments

SISO/UFI Deeper Dive: Case Study on IGES & SMGS

Show & Sell: An inside look at two gift shows — one by Emerald and one by Clarion — that were held in-person in November 2020 in Tennessee If you build a marketplace during COVID-19, will exhibitors and attendees come?  The answer was clearly yes for the International Gift Expo of the Smokies (IGES), produced by Emerald, and the Smoky Mountain Gift Show (SMGS), produced by Clarion Events North America - the first B2B events in the U.S for these independent show organisers since the onset of [...]