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 [...]

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 [...]

Economic Outlook: What industry leaders (you) need to know

What’s the economic outlook in light of the ongoing pandemic crisis, slowing economic growth and geopolitical changes? Has the economic crisis reached the bottom yet? In which countries and sectors is China investing? Will we see a trade war between China and U.S. despite a new presidential administration? Dr. Florence Eid-Oakden, CEO & Chief Economist at Arabia Monitor Research & Strategy, offered answers to these questions during a keynote at the #UFICongress. She provided key data to [...]

Q&A about Geopolitics with Wolfgang Ischinger

How will the pandemic impact global stability? “We have lost almost all of the certainties upon which our foreign policy assumptions have been built for decades,” said Wolfgang Ischinger, a German diplomat who served as the German Ambassador to the U.S. and the U.K. “We live in an extremely volatile world with enormous challenges to our societies and our countries.” Ischinger, who has served as Chairman of the Munich Security Conference since 2008, offered his views on the today’s geopolitical c [...]

9 Learnings about COVID-19 from a Virologist

COVID-19 case counts, virus maps, lockdowns, restrictions, cancelations, postponements have lead the daily news for months. Since COVID-19 was first reported on Dec. 31, 2019, the endless loop of 24/7 media coverage has created fear and uncertainty across the globe. What can we learn when we take a step back and look at the bigger picture through the lens of one virus expert? Current situation: Against a backdrop of COVID-19 cases running lower in Asia, spiking in Europe and hitting record highs [...]

Message from UFI President Anbu Varathan

As we reach the end of 2020 and enter a New Year with renewed hopes and vigours, I am beginning my journey as the President of UFI, the global association of exhibition industry. I look forward to 2021 as a hallmark year for UFI and tap the opportunities that we can avail and move ahead. Year 2020 has been an unprecedented one for businesses worldwide as COVID-19 forced us to realign our goals. There’s a glimmer of hope with the progress made in developing vaccines. Encouragingly, exhibition ind [...]

TCEB sets up the first milestone of “Thailand LOG-IN Events”

TCEB sets up the first milestone of “Thailand LOG-IN Events” to energize the economy with trade exhibitions. TCEB reviewed the first year of “Thailand LOG-IN Events,” the master plan to boost Logistics, Infrastructure, and affiliated target industries. The bureau promoted international trade exhibitions and officially announced allies in both government and private sectors while the strategic directions of 2021 was also announced. Aiming to step up the foundation development plan and enhance the [...]

Travel is the key for recovery

5 Key Takeaways from #UFICongress Keynote - Travel is the key for recovery  “It is crucial to work together to align ourselves, especially during this recovery,” said Gloria Guevara Manzo, President & CEO at the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), during a live keynote at the UFI Global Congress Americas Programme. She presented the latest WTCC research, outlined the organization’s efforts to jumpstart the recovery for the sector, and provided key learnings from previous crises as the [...]

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Case Study: Entrance examination of the Laurea University of Applied Sciences

Entrance examination of the Laurea University of Applied Sciences, organised by Messukeskus Helsinki and in co-operation with Laurea, took place October 26-29, 2020 in Messukeskus Helsinki, Expo and Convention Centre. The show welcomed 5,000 participants  (1,100 to 1,450 persons/day) over 4 days! What % of the attendees were international (exhibitors, visitors): Laurea is an international university of applied sciences with approximately 7,800 students. The exact number of international applican [...]

Case Study: The Finnish War Veterans Federation

The Annual Meeting of the Finnish War Veterans Federation, organised by Messukeskus Helsinki in Co-Operation with The Finnish War Veterans Federation, took place in September 2020. This event welcomed 200 particpants during the course of the day, and included welcoming lunch and special programme. What % of the attendees were international (exhibitors, visitors): This was a purely domestic event. What were the most important factors contributing to the re-opening events overall success? COVID-19 [...]