Case Study: ISE Amsterdam

ISE MD Mike Blackman Integrated Systems Europe is the world’s largest exhibition for AV and systems integration. It took place from February 11 – 14 at the RAI in Amsterdam. Faced with the growing concerns around the Coronavirus and the parallel discussion and cancellation of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the team embarked on accelerated proactive communications as well as additional hygienic measures on site. Here, ISE MD Mike Blackman summarises how everything unfolded. Before the [...]

By | 2020-02-18T10:40:43+00:00 February 18th, 2020|All, Exhibition Industry|1 Comment

Speaking our language, not talking shop

I imagine most of the UFI Blog's readers are familiar with China's Belt-and-Road Initiative (BRI), the global plan to extend commercial and political channels through a series of economic land and sea routes. But how many of us are aware of the supporting role of the cities that seek to benefit from this hugely elaborate scheme and more specifically the fact that they are actively courting exhibitions to help keep these roads busy? Part of my business is to help connect organisers with rewarding [...]

By | 2020-01-22T15:30:59+00:00 January 22nd, 2020|Asia – Pacific|0 Comments

New Product Pavilions are Essential to Expos

On a global basis, the number one reason attendees and visitors go to trade shows is to see new products and services. This is borne out in UFI/Explori Visitor Surveys. CES 2020, the largest annual trade-only exhibition in the United States, was held earlier this month in Las Vegas, NV. It had over 175,000 attendees, 4400+ exhibiting companies, and almost 3 million square feet over five venues and took place for four days. Besides hundreds, if not thousands of product launches throughout the sho [...]

By | 2020-01-21T09:48:09+00:00 January 20th, 2020|Americas|0 Comments

What role does the rigging system play “green venues”?

As the exhibition and conference industry matures, rigging capabilities are commonplace in modern venues. In China, rigging facilities are present in many rising ground venues with several venues in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen offering these services to organisers. Germany, Switzerland, the United States and Japan have led the way in developing "green exhibitions", and rigging services are linked to this movement. Why the slow uptake of rigging in China? As a mega-venue, Shenzhen World Exhib [...]

By | 2020-01-09T08:38:19+00:00 January 8th, 2020|Asia – Pacific, Shenzen - UFI Diamond Sponsor|0 Comments

Meet the 2019/2020 NGL Grant Winners (Part 2 of 2)

Stephanie Selesnick, International Trade Information, Inc. In its fourth year, UFI’s NGL Grant (Next Generation of Leaders), sponsored by Freeman, identifies and helps develop up-and-coming exhibition industry talent. The program is two parts: The first has the five NGL Grant recipients presenting their research and thoughts about the exhibition industry’s future in a session at the upcoming UFI Global Congress in Thailand. The second pairs them up with C-level industry mentors. These talented [...]

By | 2019-10-25T08:37:34+00:00 October 25th, 2019|Education, Exhibition Industry|0 Comments

Meet UFI’s NGL Grant Winners! (Part 1 of 2)

Stephanie Selesnick, International Trade Information, Inc. In its fourth year, UFI’s NGL Grant (Next Generation of Leaders), sponsored by Freeman, gives five young exhibition professionals a chance to be part of the global industry.  In November, they will present findings and thoughts on the future of the exhibition industry during the UFI Global Congress in Bangkok, Thailand. After the Congress, the NGL Grant recipients will enter an executive mentoring program where they will learn, brainst [...]

By | 2019-10-25T08:39:12+00:00 October 10th, 2019|Education, Exhibition Industry|0 Comments

Far from extinct, the Mercosur roars

Antony Reeve-Crook, Director, ArciMedia Ltd. Twenty years in the making and the European Union has finally signed the paperwork on a trading deal with the Mercosur trading bloc in the Americas, a deal that creates the largest multinational trading market in the world at 780 million people. It’s big news for EU organisers active in the region, such as Reed and Clarion, which represent many EU companies looking to enter or grow in the Mercosur members Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay (Ven [...]

By | 2019-07-12T14:46:23+00:00 July 12th, 2019|Americas, Europe|0 Comments

Turning JMIC’s research into an explosive campaign tool

Antony Reeve-Crook, Director, ArciMedia Ltd. The Joint Meetings Industry Council's recently-unveiled report on the benefits of our industry; Business Events Legacies, may prove to be a lot more significant than its title suggests – but it needs our help to give it the impact it deserves. The report’s authors from the University of Technology Sydney, associate professors Carmel Foley and Deborah Edwards, and Pavlina Javoska and Anja Hergesell, claim it reveals “significant” shortcomings in the [...]