Update from the CEO: November 2021

Dear colleagues, I am just back from Rotterdam, from this year’s Global Congress. What a week this has been! You will find updates and brief summaries throughout this edition of UFI Info, so I will not summarise the sessions, decision, or discussions here. What I want to share is the fact that, in the end, and despite all pandemic challenges and complications, we were a 350 people strong UFI community coming together face-to-face at the Ahoy Convention Centre, and that we indeed all felt the pow [...]

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UFI President’s Letter November 2021

Dear colleagues and friends, This is my first column as UFI President and it’s a real honour to have the opportunity to write to you all here. I hope you have enjoyed the UFI Congress ‘Together Again’ – a fitting title for this first physical UFI Congress for two years! The UFI team has overcome all sorts of challenges to make it happen. But of course, this is what our industry is very good at! I was disappointed not to be in Rotterdam with you all, and I hope it won’t be long before we can all [...]

By | 2021-11-09T16:07:21+00:00 November 8th, 2021|Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

The Pandemic Story & Reopen of Canada’s largest venue, Exhibition Place

Laura Purdy, GM of Toronto, Canada’s Exhibition Place (an UFI member) is unable to attend the UFI Global Congress this year. Ahead of the Updates from Around the World panel discussion, we spoke to her about the pandemic, becoming a film studio and (at last!) reopening. Laura, you are the GM of the largest exhibition center in Canada. How did your organization weather the pandemic closures? In the summer of 2020, we learned that the pandemic shutdown of our industry would be extended for several [...]

A UFI Global Congress Preview – Abu Dhabi and Dubai’s Successful Reopening

The Updates from Around the World session at the 88th UFI Global Congress features panelist Geoff Dickinson, CEO of dmg events. He answered a few questions ahead of the event about Dubai, Abu Dhabi and their successful reopening. What are the one or two things that Abu Dhabi and Dubai have done right on the safe reopening? Dubai and Abu Dhabi took a very practical approach to the pandemic. They locked down quite restrictively in the Spring of 2020 and embarked on one of the most ambitious and we [...]

SISO/UFI Deeper Dive: Case Study on MWC Barcelona

On Feb. 12, 2020, GSMA announced the  cancellation of Mobile World Congress (MWC)  Barcelona — just 12 days before the mega-show was set to open on Feb. 24. Keep in mind: GSMA made this tough call a full month before the U.S. was shut down due to Covid. “Our biggest asset became our biggest liability when we cancelled,” said John Hoffman, CEO of GSMA, an association that represents 750 operators and 400 companies in the mobile industry. “We had a responsibility to the 110,000 attendees from 200 [...]

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Adding Crisis Management to UFI’s Educational Line-Up

Adding Crisis Management to UFI’s Educational Line-Up Glenn Schoen, CEO of Boardroom@Crisis BV I much enjoyed my front row seat last year watching UFI CEO Kai Hattendorf and Programme Manager – Education & Working Groups Angela Heberholz as they and their colleagues swiftly started helping UFI members cope with the unfolding Covid-19 crisis. Enjoyed, for while the circumstances were most difficult, watching people meet a massive challenge with purpose and drive – in UFI’s case first featurin [...]

By | 2021-10-07T12:00:18+00:00 October 5th, 2021|All, Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

UFI President’s Letter: October 2021

Dear colleagues and friends, The time has come for me to write my final column as UFI President. They say that time flies when you are working hard and having fun! And, I must say it has been an incredibly interesting, exciting and rewarding experience and one of the shortest years of my life. It has been a great privilege to hold this position, and I hope my contribution as UFI President, and efforts to serve the exhibition industry, have been appreciated. I’d like to take this opportunity to t [...]

Update from the CEO: October 2021

Dear colleagues, I am writing these lines as I have just arrived in Singapore for a few days, where we will have a joint meeting of top representatives from the AEO, SISO, SACEOS, and UFI, to align around initiatives and projects going forward. We have built a packed programme for this “Joint Leadership Summit” – around industry dialogue and advocacy. We will meet with representatives from countries across South East Asia, to push for a realignment of travel protocols and procedures. The events [...]

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 [...]

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