Build it and they will come

Plans for Hitex's new Hall 4 (Hyderabad, India). One of the things I’m most looking forward to learning about at UFI’s debut Latin American event in September, is plans for major venue development in the region. It’s not because I’m a huge fan of buildings you can see from space, it’s because venue development tends to happen only after public sector buy-in – and so it follows that venue development is an indication of a government’s commitment to the virtues of a burgeoning exhibition industr [...]

#GED18 celebrations are just around the corner!

  Corrado Peraboni, UFI President It was wonderful to see so many of you earlier this month in Verona at our annual European Conference, especially as it took place in my home country Italy. Thank you again to my friends and colleagues at Veronafiere for hosting us so graciously, and to all our speakers for sharing your insights! During one of the breaks, I took a moment to watch the UFI team’s video showcasing some of the highlights and activities from last year’s Global Exhibition Day ( [...]

What’s New in Attendee Acquisition?

I recently asked the following question on LinkedIn: Hi exhibition industry friends. Out of curiosity, what other attendee promotion/recruitment tools are you doing besides print, death by email and digital-based outreach? The reason I asked the question was two-fold: It seems many show organizers are over-dependent on emails to get the job done for recruiting quality visitors; and wanted to know what else industry colleagues are doing. A number of people answered, and there were over 1600 views [...]

Building on a record year with more shows, visitors and venues

While our 2018 plans begin to unfold, we at TCEB have also been taking time to reflect on 2017; a year in which we made significant progress in boosting our offering to overseas organisers. It was a year of recognition, praised for reforms by the World Bank in its Doing Business report, demonstrating our enriched proposition to event organisers in areas such as investment protection, business start-up aid and contract security. Further ratings improvement came courtesy of recent UFI statistics, [...]

By | 2018-02-22T08:11:01+00:00 February 21st, 2018|All, Asia – Pacific, Exhibition Industry Research|0 Comments

Asia-Pacific Conference for exhibition professionals

The upcoming UFI Asia-Pacific Conference (formerly known as the UFI Open Seminar in Asia) takes place on March1-2 immediately after the UFI Educational Forum on HR Management (February 27-28). I spoke with Mark Cochrane, UFI’s Regional Manager for Asia-Pacific and asked him to share what he’s interested in hearing about during a few of the upcoming sessions at the upcoming Conference in Kuala Lumpur: Twitter: #ufikl Regional confernce highlights Keynote Presentation on Malaysia: Overviews of hos [...]

By | 2018-02-09T13:27:42+00:00 February 7th, 2018|All, Asia – Pacific, Best Practices|1 Comment

Thailand becomes one of the top 10 most improved places to do business

One of Thailand’s greatest success stories in 2017 was seeing its reputation as a destination for business events elevated by the World Bank Group’s latest Doing Business Thailand’s position in the report, a measure of the ease of doing business in 182 countries around the world, rose from 48th to 26th – overtaking countries including Japan. More impressively, Thailand was among the top 10 countries to see economic improvement across three or more areas. In total the World Bank picked out eight [...]

By | 2018-01-16T12:56:08+00:00 January 2nd, 2018|Asia – Pacific, Exhibition Industry|0 Comments

ASEAN opportunity for exhibition organisers

Much like the exhibitions we trade in, Smart Cities promote industrial development and digital innovation. As hubs for digital services able to connect foreign countries, they attract digital workers, investors and software companies from around the world. The Phuket province will host the first smart city in Thailand, re-conceived around the notions of flexibility, ease of doing business and overseas investment, with an overall revision of potentially obstructive trading laws and regulations. T [...]

By | 2018-01-22T17:03:39+00:00 December 7th, 2017|All, Asia – Pacific, Digital Innovation, Exhibition Industry|0 Comments

Interview with TCEB’s new exhibitions director

Hidden among the many news stories that unfolded at this year’s UFI Global Congress was one that TCEB is particularly proud of. The promotion of Kanokporn Damrongkul (Kelly) to Director of Exhibitions begins a new chapter in our organization’s exciting story and continues the legacy created by Jaruwan, who assumes a new directorship at our MICE Intelligence & Innovation Department. A familiar face at UFI events, Kelly is a longstanding member of TCEB. Here she gives her thoughts on the indus [...]

By | 2018-01-22T17:29:56+00:00 November 9th, 2017|All, Asia – Pacific, Digital Innovation|0 Comments

An emerging exhibition market bursting with energy

Blogger: Mrs. Jaruwan Suwannasat Director, Exhibition and Events Department of TCEB Thailand has made great efforts to reduce its dependence on imported and fossil fuel energy in recent years, doubling its production of renewable-energy to 30 per cent by 2036. The government aims to reduce greenhouse gases by 25 per cent in the same period; a bold commitment given Thailand’s fast growing and power hungry middle class. The country is well positioned to lead the development of renewable energy in [...]

By | 2017-12-08T09:26:53+00:00 October 3rd, 2017|All, Asia – Pacific|0 Comments

Eastern development poses fresh opportunity for tradeshow organisers

Blogger: Mrs. Jaruwan Suwannasat Director, Exhibition and Events Department of TCEB The Eastern Economic Corridor, or EEC, is a pivotal initiative for Thailand as we progress towards our socio-economic goal of Thailand 4.0. It will be the most complete and specialised economic zone in Thailand, perhaps even in the ASEAN, containing commercial metropolises built around future industries and providing an investor’s gateway to Asia. For more than 30 years Thailand’s eastern seaboard has been the ce [...]

By | 2017-12-08T09:29:07+00:00 September 5th, 2017|All, Asia – Pacific|0 Comments