Message from UFI President Mary Larkin – November 2020

It is hard to believe that a year has passed since I accepted the role of President of UFI during the 2019 Congress in Bangkok.  And what a year it has been!  As I write my final column as President, I marvel at how the industry has come together in a time of crisis and is ensuring that we will come out of this pandemic stronger and better than before. As we entered a new decade, we had no idea what was going to hit our industry.  During the CEO Summit in Rome in February, the discussion around [...]

TCEB geared up to host AFECA AGM 2021

Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), in collaboration with the Thai Exhibition Association (TEA) and Thailand Incentive and Convention Association (TICA), bid the right to organise the 16th AFECA Annual General Meeting at Bangkok in 2021. AFECA Annual General Meeting is a gathering of professionals in the exhibition and convention industries from all over Asia by The Asian Federation of Exhibition and Convention Associations or AFECA. The federation is established by associated orga [...]

By | 2020-10-27T10:36:27+00:00 October 27th, 2020|All, Asia – Pacific, Exhibition Industry, UFI Diamond Sponsors|0 Comments

Message from UFI President Mary Larkin – October 2020

Resilience and People As we enter another month of the COVID-19 crisis, it’s impact on our industry, our businesses and our lifes is still growing. We are all striving within ourselves to be resilient, to plan events in the midst of uncertainty, to “pivot” to other revenue streams and to hang on to the positive news from elsewhere and glimmers of hope that we see around us.  While events are reopening in many countries, there is confusion as to the value they bring to an economy in many others. [...]

Yes, the quality of exhibiting companies at your show matters

During the recent #UFIConnects Webinar featuring some results of the latest UFI & Explori Global Recovery Study (with funding from SISO), there were a couple of questions which were notable. They were around factors visitors consider when deciding whether or not to attend an exhibition. The number one determining factor was the quality of exhibiting companies with 71% of respondents citing it as a huge influence, and another 22% saying it has some influence. That’s 93% of visitors looking at [...]

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 [...]

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

The Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau has released the “Guidelines for MICE Event Organizers for Infectious Disease Control”

MICE events (a general term encompassing exhibitions, academic conferences, and other business events) have long generated business opportunities and innovation, pushed research forward, and contributed to regional vitalization, fulfilling a vital role as a driving force in economic development. However, amid the COVID-19 pandemic the MICE industry has seen an unprecedented number of cancellations and postponements, stagnating the business activity that MICE events bring forth and creating a sev [...]

By | 2020-06-29T10:15:06+00:00 June 22nd, 2020|Asia – Pacific|0 Comments

Taiwan lifts restrictions on mice events to boost post-epidemic domestic demand

The Bureau of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) jointly launched a press conference on June 10 announcing that Taiwan has lifted domestic restrictions on the MICE industry. From June to August 2020, over 50 events are scheduled including shows, concerts, and activities. Beverages, bakery items, pets, outdoor activities, gaming and more will be showcased in response to the strong domestic demand in the post pandemic era. Chen Cheng- [...]

By | 2020-06-29T10:16:21+00:00 June 22nd, 2020|Asia – Pacific|0 Comments

SACEOS LAUNCHES INDUSTRY RESILIENCE ROADMAP FOR THE FUTURE OF MICE AND EVENTS

SINGAPORE 17 June 2020 — The Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (SACEOS), together with Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and Enterprise Singapore (ESG), has commenced work on an Industry Resilience Roadmap (IRR), which will serve as an “operational handbook” for MICE enterprises to develop their agility and build resilience for a post-Covid world. The IRR is focused on three strategic objectives: 1. Safe and sustainable operating environment: Outlining safe [...]

By | 2020-06-29T10:17:18+00:00 June 17th, 2020|Asia – Pacific|0 Comments