From West World to the exhibition world

Kai Hattendorf, UFI Managing Director / CEO One of the hottest tickets at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin last month was for the chance to step into and experience the saloon from the TV series “West World” – a show based on the story that humanoid robots in a “wild west” amusement park “awaken” from their programming, driven by artificial intelligence. In Austin, it took organisers four months to prepare this two-hour experience for ticket holders. Over 440 pages of script we [...]

By | 2018-04-26T15:22:23+00:00 April 26th, 2018|All, Exhibition Industry, UFI News, UFI Updates|0 Comments

Next Generation Leadership Grant

During the last month, one activity stood out to me while carrying out my role as our association’s president: the day we selected the recipients of this year’s Next Generation Leadership (NGL) Grant. The UFI NGL Grant programme promotes next-generation leadership, by rewarding professionals who demonstrate clear initiative in driving change and innovation in their area of activity. We launched this programme in 2016 to help young leaders to connect, engage and exchange ideas with experienced pr [...]

By | 2018-04-19T15:01:50+00:00 April 19th, 2018|All, Exhibition Industry, UFI News, UFI Updates|0 Comments

Everyone is a Consumer First

We are consumers first and foremost, and as such, our attendees, exhibitors and stakeholders expect face-to-face, business-to-business events to be more like the experiences encountered at festivals, concerts, and other live events. Unfortunately, most exhibitions are not. Here are a few thoughts to modernize trade shows so they are more interactive and entertaining for attendees. They are based on ideas expressed at the recent XLIVE Esports Summit in Los Angeles, USA. For those of you who have [...]

Are Brazil’s events returning to strength?

'A view of Sao Paolo including exhibition venue Expo Center Norte' Provided you haven’t been running the country in the past 10 years, things are looking increasingly positive for the people of Brazil. On Tuesday, the president of the Central Bank of Brazil Ilan Goldfajn, said the country’s economy could expand beyond the otherwise “well-calibrated” 2.6 per cent forecasted for 2018. Speaking at an event in São Paulo, Goldfajn said that the nation’s recovery from the deepest recession in decade [...]

UFI Global Exhibition Barometer

The UFI Global Exhibition Barometer is a survey answered by almost 300 companies from 53 countries, painting a genuinely global picture. The results detail development for 17 geographical zones, including 14 major national markets, and in broad terms reveal positive trends for the exhibition industry. The good news is 2017 appears to have been a generally profitable year, although fewer than half (44%) of the companies we approached said their operating profits were actually growing. Exhibition [...]

Keeping Your Exhibition Relevant in the Future

The UFI European Conference  theme this year is Future Proof Exhibitions. Keynote speaker Francis Friedman, President of trade show consultants Time & Place Strategies plans to have a strategic conversation with delegates on Future Building and Future Profiting of Exhibitions. Friedman says, as we look to the future “Attendee acquisition will no longer be simply telling people they will get ‘excellent networking opportunities, see the latest products on the show floor, and get access to educ [...]

By | 2018-03-19T09:49:47+00:00 March 15th, 2018|All, Digital Innovation, Exhibition Industry|0 Comments

Building on a record year with more shows, visitors and venues

While our 2018 plans begin to unfold, we at TCEB have also been taking time to reflect on 2017; a year in which we made significant progress in boosting our offering to overseas organisers. It was a year of recognition, praised for reforms by the World Bank in its Doing Business report, demonstrating our enriched proposition to event organisers in areas such as investment protection, business start-up aid and contract security. Further ratings improvement came courtesy of recent UFI statistics, [...]

By | 2018-02-22T08:11:01+00:00 February 21st, 2018|All, Asia – Pacific, Exhibition Industry Research|0 Comments

Asia-Pacific Conference for exhibition professionals

The upcoming UFI Asia-Pacific Conference (formerly known as the UFI Open Seminar in Asia) takes place on March1-2 immediately after the UFI Educational Forum on HR Management (February 27-28). I spoke with Mark Cochrane, UFI’s Regional Manager for Asia-Pacific and asked him to share what he’s interested in hearing about during a few of the upcoming sessions at the upcoming Conference in Kuala Lumpur: Twitter: #ufikl Regional confernce highlights Keynote Presentation on Malaysia: Overviews of hos [...]

By | 2018-02-09T13:27:42+00:00 February 7th, 2018|All, Asia – Pacific, Best Practices|1 Comment

Exhibition Industry: consolidation at the very top

A huge deal has taken shape in the exhibition industry as Informa has concluded talks to acquire UBM. According to a Reuters report, both companies have agreed a deal on Wednesday which would see Informa acquiring UBM for 5.2 billion US Dollar in cash and stock. Informa now has until February 13 to make a firm offer. If the deal goes through, it will be by far the largest M&A activity ever seen in the exhibition industry. Informa's Chief Executive Stephen A. Carter will be chief executive of [...]

By | 2018-01-22T16:12:59+00:00 January 19th, 2018|All, Americas, Europe, Exhibition Industry, Management|0 Comments

Building exhibition venues with profit forecasts, not bricks

For anyone who missed UFI's World Map of Exhibition Venues last month, the total amount of exhibition space available around the world grew 7.7% over the last six years, giving organisers more choice in all markets except Central and South America, where venue closure has led to contraction. But while this overall growth does not explicitly refer only to bricks on the ground where none previously existed, it seems to me that we must not fixate only on new venue development. While there are 14 mo [...]