State Aid for the Event Industry – Coronavirus – Germany and Europe

A letter sent to the European Commission on 22 September 2020 Dear Ms. Executive Vice-President Vestager, The event industry has been devastated by the effects of the coronavirus. All of the market segments: business events, cultural events, and public events have not been able to generate revenue since the beginning of March 2020. The necessary regulations to protect the public: hygiene and social-distancing requirements, make the planning and implementation of events non-economical. Furthermor [...]

By | 2020-09-23T09:53:15+00:00 September 23rd, 2020|Europe|0 Comments

TCEB’s Exhibition department’s launch a new campaign, “Thailand LOG-IN Events”

The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has joined forces with the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) and Pattaya city to launch a new exhibition master plan, “Thailand LOG-IN Events,” under the exhibition industry recovery campaign, Re-energizing Exhibition. TCEB’s vision for the Thailand LOG-IN Events is to collaborate the scheme of support policy, subvention, and facilitation between TCEB, EEC, and Pattaya city, to encourage industry stakeholders to expand their new profiles or crea [...]

An Opportune Time to Connect

Now is a great time to refresh relationships with your visitors, exhibitors, sponsors, media and industry. The face-to-face, business-to-business events industry has significantly changed in 2020. Physical exhibitions are under new safety guidelines and will be for the foreseeable future. Virtual events and exhibitions are becoming commonplace. This COVID-19 world is no longer new and (unfortunately) is our normal for now. Most exhibitions traditionally have had a transactional relationship with [...]

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

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

The JMIC Global Manifesto: More than Just Another Pronouncement

“Oh, no, not another industry statement!” Members of the meetings industry could be easily forgiven for that kind of reaction to the recent announcement by the Joint Meetings Industry (JMIC) of their global manifesto completed and distributed last week. Four months into the COVID-19 pandemic, and with little clear end in sight, we are awash in industry pronouncements and assertions, even though the route to recovery in this highly challenging situation remains unpredictable, to say the least. Bu [...]

By | 2020-07-23T08:49:29+00:00 July 23rd, 2020|All, Exhibition Industry|0 Comments

Position paper – Trade fairs and exhibitions business still flat Incentives for exhibitors and visitors needed

Exhibitions are essential strategic instrument to boost economic recovery, digitisation and the Green Deal Fragmentation of reopening conditions Nearly everywhere in the Europe, business events and exhibitions are permitted again, starting the latest in September or – in some cases - October this year. All exhibition centres are in close contact with their local authorities about the respective protocols to keep exhibitors, visitors, contractors and staff safe and healthy. Although in principle [...]

By | 2020-07-17T13:23:44+00:00 July 17th, 2020|All, Americas, Exhibition Industry|0 Comments

If We Hold an Expo, Will They Come?

In the movie A Field of Dreams, one of the premises are, “If you build it, they will come.” It’s something our industry has counted on for decades and even longer! However, if people are fearful of going back to their offices, how are we going to get them to attend our exhibitions? The good news is that expos are open in China and Korea. Recently a select few have been held in the United States. Exhibitors and visitors are populating convention centers again. Unfortunately, even with a few shows [...]

By | 2020-07-17T10:40:34+00:00 July 17th, 2020|Americas, Exhibition Industry|0 Comments

TCEB launch “New Norm Exhibition Support” for Post-COVID19 for all Exhibition in Thailand

The Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has joined forces with the Thai Exhibition Association (TEA) to promote the ‘new normal’ of exhibitions management and operations. The Exhibitions New Norm SOP (Exhibitions New Norm Standard Operation Procedures) has been conceived as a guideline for all businesses in the exhibition ecosystem. It provides the markets our industry serves with the assurance that they can trade safely and securely in Thailand, in the wake of the Covid-19 epidem [...]

By | 2020-07-16T09:25:42+00:00 July 16th, 2020|All, Asia – Pacific, Exhibition Industry|0 Comments