TCEB geared up to host AFECA AGM 2021

Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), in collaboration with the Thai Exhibition Association (TEA) and Thailand Incentive and Convention Association (TICA), bid the right to organise the 16th AFECA Annual General Meeting at Bangkok in 2021. AFECA Annual General Meeting is a gathering of professionals in the exhibition and convention industries from all over Asia by The Asian Federation of Exhibition and Convention Associations or AFECA. The federation is established by associated orga [...]

By | 2020-10-27T10:36:27+00:00 October 27th, 2020|All, Asia – Pacific, Exhibition Industry, UFI Diamond Sponsors|0 Comments

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 [...]

UFI and SISO call for “Testing over Quarantine” policies to keep businesses going

UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, and SISO, the Society for Independent Show Organizers, today call on policymaker and governments around the world to empower the best policy solutions to maintain the flow of people, products, and services - and in doing so, to activate the potentials of rapid antigen COVID tests. The statement, signed by UFI President Mary Larkin (President Diversified Communications, USA) and SISO Chair Doug Emslie (Group Chief Executive, Tarsus Group), r [...]

By | 2020-10-13T06:42:32+00:00 October 8th, 2020|All, Exhibition Industry, UFI News|0 Comments

Message from UFI President Mary Larkin – October 2020

Resilience and People As we enter another month of the COVID-19 crisis, it’s impact on our industry, our businesses and our lifes is still growing. We are all striving within ourselves to be resilient, to plan events in the midst of uncertainty, to “pivot” to other revenue streams and to hang on to the positive news from elsewhere and glimmers of hope that we see around us.  While events are reopening in many countries, there is confusion as to the value they bring to an economy in many others. [...]

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 [...]

Proposal for Events Industry Hibernation Support Package

A letter sent to British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak on 02 October 2020. Dear Prime Minister, Dear Chancellor, Proposal for Events Industry Hibernation Support Package As representatives of the UK events industry we are writing to raise our serious concerns over the existential threat faced by our sector given the Government’s decision to close events for at least another six months and the inability of many events companies to access the support meas [...]

By | 2020-10-02T15:42:34+00:00 October 2nd, 2020|All, Europe, Exhibition Industry|0 Comments

So you think exhibitions are dead? You’re wrong.

On Jerry Seinfeld's column about New York’s resilience, and the inspiring energy of meeting face-to-face. *by Fernando Gorbarán, CEO, Messe Frankfurt Argentina, UFI LatAm Vice Chapter Chair Last week a New York Times column by famous comedian Jerry Seinfeld went viral, in which he replies to James Altucher—a well-known businessman and writer—for stating that "New York is dead forever." A few days earlier Altucher had posted on his LinkedIn that, due to the pandemic and thanks to new technologies [...]

By | 2020-09-15T13:58:53+00:00 September 7th, 2020|All, Americas, Exhibition Industry|1 Comment

IFA Berlin: first post-COVID Global Consumer Electronics trade fair opened its doors!

A small summary of the first day of international consumer electronics show IFA at Messe Berlin, as trade shows and exhibitions are taking place again in Germany as of September. Remember: The Mobile World Congress in Barcelona was the first major exhibition in Europe that got cancelled as the COVID virus spread around the continent this spring. In the US, SXSW as well has been cancelled, and the Consumer Electronics Show has already announced it will be all digital in 2021. IFA is the only phys [...]

By | 2020-09-04T11:11:34+00:00 September 4th, 2020|All, Europe, Exhibition Industry, UFI News|0 Comments

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