EEIA Position Paper: Urgent Call for Coordinated Approach to Business Related Travel

The European Exhibition Industry - welcomes the Commission’s proposals to strengthen coordination of safe travel in the EU and for an updated framework to travel from outside the EU and expects swift adoption implementation - calls for a coordinated approach to swiftly adapt the EU Digital COVID Certificate’s validity and to adopt the unified EU Digital Passenger Locator Form - encourages the Council and all Member States to specifically enable smooth business travel and to protect the safe func [...]

By | 2021-11-29T16:12:59+00:00 November 29th, 2021|Europe|0 Comments

Update from the CEO: November 2021

Dear colleagues, I am just back from Rotterdam, from this year’s Global Congress. What a week this has been! You will find updates and brief summaries throughout this edition of UFI Info, so I will not summarise the sessions, decision, or discussions here. What I want to share is the fact that, in the end, and despite all pandemic challenges and complications, we were a 350 people strong UFI community coming together face-to-face at the Ahoy Convention Centre, and that we indeed all felt the pow [...]

By | 2021-11-09T16:07:07+00:00 November 8th, 2021|Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

UFI President’s Letter November 2021

Dear colleagues and friends, This is my first column as UFI President and it’s a real honour to have the opportunity to write to you all here. I hope you have enjoyed the UFI Congress ‘Together Again’ – a fitting title for this first physical UFI Congress for two years! The UFI team has overcome all sorts of challenges to make it happen. But of course, this is what our industry is very good at! I was disappointed not to be in Rotterdam with you all, and I hope it won’t be long before we can all [...]

By | 2021-11-09T16:07:21+00:00 November 8th, 2021|Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

New Business Opportunities Taking off in Thailand. The Sky is Yours!

At present, Thailand is all set to welcome worldwide travelers to our Sandbox provinces now with reduced quarantine nights. And recently, Thailand has warmly opened arms for *fully vaccinated foreign arrivals with pre-flight negative test results from 46 countries, including China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, UAE, UK, USA just to name a few, to enter the Kingdom by air without mandatory quarantine, from this 1 November onwards. The list will be expanded from [...]

By | 2021-10-29T07:03:01+00:00 October 27th, 2021|Asia – Pacific, Exhibition Industry, UFI Diamond Sponsors|0 Comments

The Pandemic Story & Reopen of Canada’s largest venue, Exhibition Place

Laura Purdy, GM of Toronto, Canada’s Exhibition Place (an UFI member) is unable to attend the UFI Global Congress this year. Ahead of the Updates from Around the World panel discussion, we spoke to her about the pandemic, becoming a film studio and (at last!) reopening. Laura, you are the GM of the largest exhibition center in Canada. How did your organization weather the pandemic closures? In the summer of 2020, we learned that the pandemic shutdown of our industry would be extended for several [...]

A UFI Global Congress Preview – Abu Dhabi and Dubai’s Successful Reopening

The Updates from Around the World session at the 88th UFI Global Congress features panelist Geoff Dickinson, CEO of dmg events. He answered a few questions ahead of the event about Dubai, Abu Dhabi and their successful reopening. What are the one or two things that Abu Dhabi and Dubai have done right on the safe reopening? Dubai and Abu Dhabi took a very practical approach to the pandemic. They locked down quite restrictively in the Spring of 2020 and embarked on one of the most ambitious and we [...]

An update from Shenzhen World

In the golden autumn of September, Shenzhen World Exhibition & Convention Center has successfully held the 1st China (Shenzhen) Cross Border E-Commerce Fair (CCBEC), the 23rd China International Optoelectronic Expo (CIOE) and the 17th China (Shenzhen) International Cultural Industries Fair (ICIF), registering a peak of visitor flow before the National Day holiday. Across 6 exhibition halls with a total area of 120,000 m2, the 1st China (Shenzhen) Cross Border E-commerce Fair (CCBEC) has attr [...]

By | 2021-10-15T09:15:51+00:00 October 15th, 2021|Asia – Pacific, Shenzen, UFI Diamond Sponsors|0 Comments

SISO/UFI Deeper Dive: Case Study on MWC Barcelona

On Feb. 12, 2020, GSMA announced the  cancellation of Mobile World Congress (MWC)  Barcelona — just 12 days before the mega-show was set to open on Feb. 24. Keep in mind: GSMA made this tough call a full month before the U.S. was shut down due to Covid. “Our biggest asset became our biggest liability when we cancelled,” said John Hoffman, CEO of GSMA, an association that represents 750 operators and 400 companies in the mobile industry. “We had a responsibility to the 110,000 attendees from 200 [...]

By | 2021-10-08T16:10:52+00:00 October 8th, 2021|Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|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 [...]