Tips on Attending Live Events

I recently attended three live events – one conference and two exhibitions – in three weeks in two countries – the United States and England: SISO’s Summer Conference in the US, International Confex (London) and Speciality Fine Food Fair (London). The experiences were surreal, challenging and fantastic all at the same time. Here are some tips for those of you returning to live business-to-business events after 18 months (or more): Travel: It’s different! The bulk of travelers are tourists instea [...]

UFI President’s Letter: September 2021

Dear colleagues and friends, The summer months are  usually a quiet time for many but not at UFI. I’d like to give you an overview of some global projects from our association. We have released two milestone industry reports and continue the organisation of the UFI Global Congress in Rotterdam. In July, UFI has released the latest edition of its flagship Global Barometer research, which takes the pulse of the industry. While the results highlight the strong impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had o [...]

By | 2021-09-07T14:00:52+00:00 September 7th, 2021|All, Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

Update from the CEO: September 2021

Dear colleagues, as the summer is drawing to a close here in Europe, the UFI team is back at full strength – and also increasingly back in our office in Paris! It’s been an unusually wet summer across Central Europe – not the only part of the world that encounters changing weather. Be it forest fires and heatwaves, Hurricane Ida slamming New Orleans in the US, flooding washing away whole parts of cities in Germany – humans have already heated the planet by roughly 1.1 degrees Celsius, or 2 degre [...]

By | 2021-09-07T13:57:46+00:00 September 7th, 2021|All, Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

HKSAR Government urged to provide immediate assistance to help Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Industry struggling to survive on zero international trade event

Hong Kong, 6 September 2021 - The Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Industry Association (“HKECIA” and “the Association”) presented the results of the latest member survey “Impact of Covid-19 to Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Industry 2021” (“Survey”) to Commerce and Economic Development Bureau (“CEDB”), Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and urged the authority to repurpose the fund of the Convention and Exhibition Industry Subsidy Scheme (“Subsidy Scheme”) and to provide a roa [...]

By | 2021-09-06T08:50:45+00:00 September 6th, 2021|Asia – Pacific|0 Comments

Mentoring within the UFI Programme

Lou Kiwanuka, The Shaper Group, The Ops Nest I was delighted to be asked to be part of the UFI Leadership Programme earlier this year, and even more delighted when I found out that my mentee, Erika, was pregnant with her 2nd child - what more privilege can you get than being part of someone’s preparation for a new life!? As with most life situations, our challenge was to configure a plan so that Erika could get the most out of our mentoring programme in the time we had. There is no doubt that th [...]

By | 2021-09-03T08:48:43+00:00 September 2nd, 2021|All, Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

Event Refresh and Event Sales – Re-freshen your event ideas!

An interview with the Co-Creators of Event Refresh and Event Sales, Frazer Chesterman FM Future and Paul Streeter PSJ Training who will be delivering two exciting new courses in the Autumn as part of the UFI certified professional programme. Who are you and what is your background? Frazer : I have both have around 25 plus years working in the exhibition and events industries, mostly launching and running shows in various markets from events for PA’s, events for exhibiting, to professional traini [...]

By | 2021-09-06T07:45:08+00:00 September 1st, 2021|All, Americas, Asia – Pacific, Education, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

An update from Shenzhen World

The exhibition and convention industry worldwide has constantly and severely suffered from the Covid-19 pandemic. UFI estimates that the exhibition scale in Asia has dropped by more than 75% in 2020 compared to that in 2019. At the beginning of 2021, the exhibition and convention industry in China has managed to make a breakthrough and lead the pack in the world’s uphill struggle for recovery. In the first half of this year, the epidemic in Shenzhen has eased. Shenzhen World Exhibition & Con [...]

By | 2021-07-20T09:43:01+00:00 July 20th, 2021|Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

How Vaccine Inequities Are Hurting International Events

Could successful vaccine rollouts in countries with strong domestic markets for trade shows and other events put a damper on resuming international events? While event executives are optimistic about a rebound in international travel, they also see factors favoring a greater shift toward local and regional events. How will successful vaccine rollouts in countries with strong domestic markets impact decisions to once again hold or attend international events? Is there likely to be a significant a [...]

By | 2021-07-13T15:34:04+00:00 July 13th, 2021|Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

SISO/UFI Deeper Dive: Case Study on Las Vegas Market

394 = the number of days from March 13, 2020 to April 11, 2021. That marks the time from the last trade show in Las Vegas since the pandemic to the first gathering of more than 250 people in the city that many would argue is the convention capital of the world. CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020 ended one day early in Las Vegas on Friday, March 13, due to growing concerns about COVID-19. Later that afternoon, U.S. President Donald J. Trump shut down the country for those very same reasons. The triennial show, [...]

By | 2021-07-12T09:31:48+00:00 July 8th, 2021|Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

The 2021 Global Industry Performance Review (GIPR): Executive Summary

Macroeconomic and exhibition industry performance Global GDP is expected to rise by 6% in 2021, rebounding from a drop of -3.3% in 2020. The global economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic is asymmetric: China is the only major economy which grew in 2020 and which will return to pre-crisis levels in 2021, with the US recovering the quickest among Western states. Inflation is picking up in the post-pandemic recovery from persistently low levels. At the same time, Covid has accelerated the ris [...]

By | 2021-07-06T12:52:56+00:00 July 6th, 2021|Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments