The exhibition industry has been heavily affected by the global health situation and the need to collaborate and share best practices is essential to ensure the successful organisation of events. The Awards aim at honouring outstanding initiatives of companies that have contributed to overcome several challenges. WHO CAN APPLY The award is open to both UFI members and non-members (exhibition organisers, venues, service providers and partners), on the condition that entries are event-related. Par [...]

UFI President’s Letter December 2021

Dear colleagues, dear friends, A few weeks ago, our industry took the stage at COP26, at the Global Climate Summit. I had the honour to take part in the presentation and launch of the “Net Zero Carbon Events Pledge”. Unfortunately, I could not travel to be in Glasgow in person and had to give my comments remotely from Hong Kong, even though I personally felt the importance of this moment. Think about it – a group of leaders from our industry: organisers, venues, suppliers. From all around the wo [...]

By | 2021-12-07T13:24:20+00:00 December 3rd, 2021|All, Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

5 Trends to watch in 2022

These are “in between” times. After a catastrophic 2020, our industry saw more reason to be hopeful in 2021. This year, we saw markets starting to re-open around the world - but not the full reopening we had hoped for, as we continue to be challenged by new waves and new variants of COVID. We are still facing an outlook of “stop and go” for show organisers – the most difficult situation possible for our industry. But as we head towards the end of the year, we have passed a remarkable tipping poi [...]

Together again in Thailand!

Expand your reach as our skies are more than ready to welcome you all back for lucrative opportunities and to win in ASEAN. Since the official reopening on 1 November 2021, most businesses in Thailand including MICE industry can resume under new normal operation. Event organization is allowed to take place under the strict MICE Safety and Hygiene Standard Charter, and COVID-19 vaccine booster shots have been provided for MICE workers at key destinations in the country to be ready for the upcomin [...]

By | 2021-12-01T10:32:29+00:00 December 1st, 2021|All|0 Comments

Adding Crisis Management to UFI’s Educational Line-Up

Adding Crisis Management to UFI’s Educational Line-Up Glenn Schoen, CEO of Boardroom@Crisis BV I much enjoyed my front row seat last year watching UFI CEO Kai Hattendorf and Programme Manager – Education & Working Groups Angela Heberholz as they and their colleagues swiftly started helping UFI members cope with the unfolding Covid-19 crisis. Enjoyed, for while the circumstances were most difficult, watching people meet a massive challenge with purpose and drive – in UFI’s case first featurin [...]

By | 2021-10-07T12:00:18+00:00 October 5th, 2021|All, Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

UFI President’s Letter: October 2021

Dear colleagues and friends, The time has come for me to write my final column as UFI President. They say that time flies when you are working hard and having fun! And, I must say it has been an incredibly interesting, exciting and rewarding experience and one of the shortest years of my life. It has been a great privilege to hold this position, and I hope my contribution as UFI President, and efforts to serve the exhibition industry, have been appreciated. I’d like to take this opportunity to t [...]

Why Trade Fairs are the Platform of the Future

by Klaus Dittrich, CEO and Chairman, Messe München The international trade fair industry needs to reinvent itself. IAA MOBILITY 2021 in Munich has shown where the road is going. Coronavirus has turned the world and our lives upside down. The consequences of the worst world economic crisis in post-war history will be with us for a long time to come. There can be no ‘business as usual’. These are, of course, words that can currently be heard in almost all industries. Suddenly we have to repeatedly [...]

By | 2021-09-24T09:32:03+00:00 September 24th, 2021|All|0 Comments

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