I had a chance to speak with the 2020 NGL Grant recipients earlier this month. For those of you who haven’t heard of it before, it’s UFI’s program to promote the next generation of leadership in the exhibition industry. It rewards young professionals who show clear initiatives in driving change and innovation in their area of activity. Spread over 18 months, the recipients traditionally have presented a session at the UFI Global Congress and are then assigned volunteer mentors (high level exhibi [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Blogger: Barry Siskind A well thought-out and implemented digital initiative permits organizations to do things better, faster, and cheaper. It is a crucial element in the search for new ways of engaging users. Yet, within our industry we find examples of early adopters and others who have yet to invest in the resources necessary to join the digital revolution. The time to implement digital solutions is now and companies that do – thrive. The others run the risk of becoming irrelevant. In fact [...]
Marco Giberti, Founder and CEO, Vesuvio Ventures For those of you who read the 2007 famous book from Nassin Nicholas Taleb "The Black Swan" you may remember how Taleb, a former risk-taker and options trader professional focuses on the extreme impact of rare and unpredictable events — and the human tendency to find simplistic explanations for these events, retrospectively. Taleb calls this the Black Swan theory, a metaphor that describes an event that comes as a surprise, has a major effect and [...]
Development of knowledge shouldn’t stop when you get out of school. The world is changing at an ever-faster pace. Great learning opportunities are out there.
When AIPC, ICCA and UFI sought to unite and identify areas of common interest for education and research, what they in effect set out to do is give us all a little of our time and energy back.
Antony Reeve-Crook, Director, ArciMedia Ltd. Well, we’ve got a new prime minister here in the UK; Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson. He’s not to everyone’s taste, and in fairness he took the post on the votes of just over 92,000 eligible party voters (the general public having already had their say in which party to elect), but we’re hoping he’ll do a good job. It was also a surprise to nobody. Born to wealthy upper-middle class parents, a pupil at Eton then on to study classics at Oxford Uni [...]
Stephanie Selesnick,International Trade Information, Inc. At Trade Show Executive’s Fastest 50 Summit and Awards last month, Larry Settembrini, Vice President ReedPOP spoke about bringing sponsorships to life in his session, “Selling B2B Sponsorships in a B2C World.“ Below are three of his ideas that stuck with me, along with my interpretation of how they may be used in business-to-business events. Consumerism is defined as B2B events adopting elements and creative inspiration from consumer e [...]
Antony Reeve-Crook, Director, ArciMedia Ltd. The Joint Meetings Industry Council's recently-unveiled report on the benefits of our industry; Business Events Legacies, may prove to be a lot more significant than its title suggests – but it needs our help to give it the impact it deserves. The report’s authors from the University of Technology Sydney, associate professors Carmel Foley and Deborah Edwards, and Pavlina Javoska and Anja Hergesell, claim it reveals “significant” shortcomings in the [...]