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

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

Hong Kong remains a safe and stable place to come for business or leisure travel

Stuart Bailey, CEO; Bailey Communications Hong Kong Ltd. Written by Stuart Bailey, CEO; Bailey Communications Hong Kong Ltd. A journalist asked me this week for a comment on the impact for the events taking place in Hong Kong over the last two weeks and whether it will have an impact on future international events that the city might host. I thought it was an interesting question one which had I been asked at the beginning of the week before meeting with colleagues from around the world I prob [...]

By | 2019-06-24T09:27:46+00:00 June 24th, 2019|Asia – Pacific|2 Comments

Food and Beverage Will Be the New Emphasis of Convention and Exhibition Venues

Sponsored article by Shenzhen World. Nowadays, the old concept of “food that fills stomachs” no longer applies to today’s convention and exhibition F&B. Convention and exhibition catering was always mistakenly viewed as “window-catering”, meaning simple food, short gathering and dining time, high turnover rate. For most convention and exhibition venues, especially those who rely on exhibitions as their main business, F&B was not considered one of their core offerings; therefore, kitchen [...]

Some Things Organizers May Not Know About Japan

Stephanie Selesnick, International Trade Information, Inc. One of my favorite things about attending the UFI Regional Conferences is learning about other cultures and visiting countries for the first time. Here are a few things we learned last week about Japan at the UFI Asia-Pacific Conference -  and how you may incorporate them into your exhibitions: 1.  Signage. Japan is pretty easy to travel around! Having bilingual signage – Japanese and English - enabled us to easily travel around the co [...]

Make 2019 the year we captivate our audiences

Antony Reeve-Crook, Director, ArciMedia. Happy new year to you all and may your 2019 be equally as newsworthy a year as 2018 was. Some big deals went public in the closing weeks which is both aspirational and reassuring for those in the industry hoping to follow in their footsteps. It appears that buyer confidence is high and the clever money is on us all witnessing more industry-shaping private-equity acquisitions before the fireworks bring this year to a close. However, we also witnessed som [...]

The importance of tugboats when tankers run aground

Antony Reeve-Crook, Director, ArciMedia Ltd. When the US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement the USMCA (aka the new NAFTA) was signed earlier this year, exhibition industry observers said that it should yield financial growth and political negotiations that would complement the creation of trade shows in this part of the world. We all (according to social media at least) breathed a collective sigh of relief. Our consternation instead returned to Trump’s foreign economic policy on the other side of t [...]

By | 2018-12-11T13:39:02+00:00 December 11th, 2018|All, Americas, Asia – Pacific, Exhibition Industry|3 Comments

Trade wars – What is your plan?

Trade wars are poison for our industry. I think this is a statement the majority would support. By Tesi Baur, CEO MBB-Consulting Group Exhibitions rely on free-trade, on a non-political platform for open discussion, on building relationships with customers, suppliers, partners and even competitors. The opportunity to trade without the constraints of suffocating red-tape, to conduct business in foreign regions without complex bureaucracy and to have the opportunity of forging partnerships to brea [...]

Stephane Garelli on the economy & the exhibition industry

Stephane Garelli, Professor at IMD, and the founder of the World Competitiveness Centre and Professor at the University of Lausanne. With a few weeks to go to UFI's Global Congress, we reached out to Stephane Garelli, who will deliver a keynote about global economic developments. He is a Professor at IMD, and the founder of the World Competitiveness Centre and Professor at the University of Lausanne. Stephane’s work focuses primarily on how countries and businesses compete in International mar [...]