Are Brazil’s events returning to strength?

'A view of Sao Paolo including exhibition venue Expo Center Norte' Provided you haven’t been running the country in the past 10 years, things are looking increasingly positive for the people of Brazil. On Tuesday, the president of the Central Bank of Brazil Ilan Goldfajn, said the country’s economy could expand beyond the otherwise “well-calibrated” 2.6 per cent forecasted for 2018. Speaking at an event in São Paulo, Goldfajn said that the nation’s recovery from the deepest recession in decade [...]

Exhibition Industry: consolidation at the very top

A huge deal has taken shape in the exhibition industry as Informa has concluded talks to acquire UBM. According to a Reuters report, both companies have agreed a deal on Wednesday which would see Informa acquiring UBM for 5.2 billion US Dollar in cash and stock. Informa now has until February 13 to make a firm offer. If the deal goes through, it will be by far the largest M&A activity ever seen in the exhibition industry. Informa's Chief Executive Stephen A. Carter will be chief executive of [...]

By | 2018-01-22T16:12:59+00:00 January 19th, 2018|All, Americas, Europe, Exhibition Industry, Management|0 Comments

Building exhibition venues with profit forecasts, not bricks

For anyone who missed UFI's World Map of Exhibition Venues last month, the total amount of exhibition space available around the world grew 7.7% over the last six years, giving organisers more choice in all markets except Central and South America, where venue closure has led to contraction. But while this overall growth does not explicitly refer only to bricks on the ground where none previously existed, it seems to me that we must not fixate only on new venue development. While there are 14 mo [...]

What if WE, as an industry disrupt ourselves?

Blogger: Stephanie Selesnick, President of International Trade Information, Inc. Disruption for business is defined as a radical change in an industry, business strategy, etc., especially involving the introduction of a new product or service that creates a new market. We know change is coming and that exhibitions have to evolve now, or go away. For example, look what digitalization has done. Can you imagine an exhibition without a website, LinkedIn group and some kind of social media presence? [...]

By | 2017-12-10T11:55:26+00:00 September 18th, 2017|All, Americas, Best Practices|0 Comments

Global trade fairs connect globalized industries worldwide

  Blogger: Olaf Schmidt, head of Textiles & Textile Technologies at Messe Frankfurt, Germany. Since the 1980s industries have been growing together worldwide as a result of globalization and digitalization. Value chains have spanned the globe as new production sites and new markets were created that no one could have dared to dream of. At the same time, suppliers and customers alike can obtain information and engage in business online at any time around the world. This development has n [...]

We must treat our exhibitors better!

Blogger: Stephanie Selesnick, President of International Trade Information, Inc. At last month’s European Conference (formerly the European Open Seminar) in Cologne, Germany, Mark Brewster, Founder and CEO of Explori, shared the results of a joint UFI-Explori study of European Net Promoter Scores (NPS) for venues, exhibitors and visitors. One of the more interesting findings, besides the fact visitors rate toilets as the most favorable aspect in a venue - even above WiFi - were satisfaction scor [...]

By | 2017-12-10T11:55:26+00:00 June 12th, 2017|All, Americas|1 Comment

What is the future of Brazil’s Exhibition Industry? (Part 3 of 3)

Interview with Juan Pablo Devera, President of Reed Brazil and President of UBRAFE by Stephanie Selesnick (Part 3 of 3) We had a chance to catch up with Juan Pablo Devera after the recent 12th Annual Meeting of the Exhibitions industry (ESFE), Brazil’s largest meeting for exhibition leaders. This is the last of a 3-part interview on the Brazilian exhibition industry. What are UBRAFE's plans for 2017? UBRAFE has been active in Brazil since its foundation 35 years ago. We started as an Association [...]

By | 2017-12-08T09:43:23+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|All, Americas|0 Comments

How the Brazilian Exhibition Industry is Reacting to Economic Challenges (Part 2 of 3)

Interview with Juan Pablo Devera, President of Reed Brazil and President of UBRAFE by Stephanie Selesnick (Part 2 of 3) This is a continuation of an interview with Juan Pablo Devera after the recent 12th Annual Meeting of the Exhibitions industry (ESFE), Brazil’s largest meeting for exhibition leaders. Have economic challenges forced organizers to improve: streamline processes, get closer to their customers, etc.? In what ways? Our country is one the youngest democracies in the world. Open to a [...]

By | 2017-12-08T09:43:03+00:00 May 19th, 2017|All, Americas|0 Comments

An update on Brazil’s Exhibition Industry (Part 1 of 3)

Interview with Juan Pablo De Vera, President of Reed Brazil and President of UBRAFE by Stephanie Selesnick (Part 1 of 3) We had a chance to catch up with Juan Pablo Devera after the recent 12th Annual Meeting of the Exhibitions industry (ESFE), Brazil’s largest meeting for exhibition leaders. Organized by Grupo RADAR, an UFI media partner and member, the conference promoted the development of creative ideas and synergies between industry members in one of the most dynamic markets in Latin Americ [...]

By | 2017-12-08T09:43:50+00:00 May 4th, 2017|All, Americas|0 Comments

Global Exhibitions Day marks the exhibition industry

The biggest promotional campaign that our industry has ever seen is just around the corner. I love this global initiative. It is uniting people across our industry regardless of their position, employer, level of experience, origin, culture, language, gender,… we all share the same passion for the exhibitions industry. GED - 7 June 2017 - is a chance for us all to celebrate the exhibition industry and highlight its positive impact on jobs, business, people, innovation and local investment! I am, [...]