Showcase Africa’s culture and economic opportunity

If the 84th UFI Global Congress in Johannesburg last month made one thing clear about Africa’s appeal to global exhibition organisers, it’s that while appetites may be whetted; work needs to be done to make much of the continent accessible. According to Carol Weaving, Chairperson of Association of African Exhibition Organisers (AAXO) and MD of Reed Exhibitions Africa, delegates were clearly investigating which African countries offered stability and room to grow their shows, the venues to house [...]

Raising the odds of our exhibitions’ success

With the evolution of exhibition formats, markets are expanding, shifting in such a way that our businesses are continuously presented with new revenue sources. Much of this comes from the digitisation of exhibition businesses. Exhibitions co-exist with online counterparts and therein lies a great deal of potential revenue, be it derived from the collection and exchange of data, dissemination of content or good ol' fashion sponsorship and advertising. As anyone on their way to Johannesburg this [...]

By | 2017-12-11T15:22:10+00:00 October 31st, 2017|All, Middle East – Africa, Topics, UFI Updates|0 Comments

The IFP Group’s Joker Program

Insight by Diana Salman, HR Strategic Change Manager (IFP Group) and UFI NGL Grant recepient. In playing cards, the Joker is Wild. Being able to be anything the holder needs it to be, it makes any hand stronger. The Joker Program is UFI member IFP Group’s answer to moving their operations team seamlessly across their six offices in five countries as needed. Diana Salman, HR Strategic Change Manager for the company and 2017 #NGLGrant recipient shared how her company came up with the idea. IFP Gro [...]

By | 2017-12-08T09:40:10+00:00 October 11th, 2017|All, Education, Human Resources, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

Sharks, biodynamic vineyards and the exhibition industry (part 2)

Interview with UFI Global Congress 2017’s Keynote Speaker, Johan Reyneke, Founder & Owner of Reyneke Wines in South Africa (Part 2 of 2). Stephanie Selesnick: Please share your Cornerstone program encouraging home ownership and education for the winery’s workers and their families. How did it come about and where do you see it being in five years from now? Johan Reyneke: This ties in with biodynamics (part 1). We have to look after nature, profitability and people (who comprise the 3rd leg o [...]

By | 2017-12-10T11:55:26+00:00 August 15th, 2017|All, Management, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

Sharks, biodynamic vineyards and the exhibition industry (part 1)

Interview with UFI Global Congress 2017’s Keynote Speaker, Johan Reyneke, Founder & Owner of Reyneke Wines in South Africa (Part 1 of 2). Johan will share his story of overcoming obstacles and leading change within the winemaking industry in South Africa - and how to apply some of the lessons he has learned to our businesses. Since many of us don’t know anything about you past your bio, we’d like to know a bit more about Johan. Stephanie Selesnick: How long have you been surfing? How many cl [...]

By | 2017-12-10T11:55:26+00:00 August 8th, 2017|All, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

Can you afford not to be there? (part 2)

Interview with Alex Granger 84th UFI Global Congress Moderator (by Stephanie Selesnick part 2 of 2). South Africa, “the Rainbow Nation”, with eleven official languages, the largest economy of any African country and global recgnition as the birthplace of Nobel Peace Prize winner, Nelson Mandela, this is the country that has been selected to host UFI’s 84th Global Congress. The Congress will take place at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg on 1-4 November 2017. Learn more about Alex Gr [...]

By | 2018-01-16T13:32:54+00:00 August 1st, 2017|All, Middle East – Africa, UFI Updates|0 Comments

Update from the UFI President

Blogger: Dr Andreas Gruchow, UFI President. We’ve all sensed the excitement of working on an exhibition as part of a diverse professional team. Global Exhibitions Day exceeds expectations When individual skills, enthusiasm and ideas combine to make a whole that is bigger than the sum of its parts. For me, on 7 June 2017 – Global Exhibitions Day – this team energy spread to world level. Motivated people came together from across the  exhibitions industry to show their support. It was a fantastic [...]

Can you afford not to be there? (part 1)

Interview with Alex Granger 84th UFI Global Congress Moderator (by Stephanie Selesnick part 1 of 2). “Raising the Odds – Pressures and Profits in the Exhibition Industry”, is the theme of this year’s UFI Global Congress (1-4 November in Johannesburg, South Africa) . With a rich variety of presentations, case studies, research, panel discussions, hot seat interviews and special interest-group discussions, the Global Congress offers you a high-level platform where participants can gain greater kno [...]

By | 2017-12-10T11:55:26+00:00 July 10th, 2017|All, Middle East – Africa, UFI Updates|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 [...]

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, [...]