Making it look EASY

Antony Reeve-Crook, Director, ArciMedia Ltd. Eric Everard, CEO and founder of Belgium’s Easyfairs is a keynote speaker at this year’s UFI European Conference in Birmingham. Before he takes the stage I managed to catch up with him to find out if the company’s model continues unchanged, and to what he attributes the company’s success. Easyfairs operates in 20 countries, manages a portfolio of 218 fully owned events and ten venues. Its revenues and profits are derived roughly 80 per cent from its [...]

By | 2019-05-06T13:26:32+00:00 May 6th, 2019|All, Best Practices, Education, Management|0 Comments

Organisers’ future in Russia: paved in silk?

Antony Reeve-Crook, Director, ArciMedia Ltd. Among the presentations at the upcoming UFI European Conference at the NEC in Birmingham, Thursday afternoon’s talk ‘Glocalisation 2: Russia – China - One Belt One Road (OBOR)’ is likely to raise eyebrows for some seeking to make in-roads in central Eurasia. The May event looks at ways and measures to benefit from the shifting trade patterns emerging as new alliances are being forged, which makes the debate between Eugen Alles, managing director of [...]

Some Things Organizers May Not Know About Japan

Stephanie Selesnick, International Trade Information, Inc. One of my favorite things about attending the UFI Regional Conferences is learning about other cultures and visiting countries for the first time. Here are a few things we learned last week about Japan at the UFI Asia-Pacific Conference -  and how you may incorporate them into your exhibitions: 1.  Signage. Japan is pretty easy to travel around! Having bilingual signage – Japanese and English - enabled us to easily travel around the co [...]

Is it time to rethink traditional event KPI’s?

Matthias (Tesi) Baur, Founder and Consultant, MBB-Consulting Group. Financial reward may be the driving force for most businesses, but it is not the only way to measure business success. Our business environment is not the same as it was 20, 10, or even five years ago and the way in which we measure performance should reflect this. Companies assessing their performance by measuring outdated Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) run the risk of performing within an outdated framework. As the basic [...]

UFI Next Generation Leadership Grantee – meet Lilian Burgardt

2018 UFI NGL Grantee - Lilian Burgardt, Head of Digital Products - Informa Brazil. Meet Lilian Burgardt, Head of Digital Products - Informa Brazil, one of the four recipients of the UFI Next Generation Leadership Grant (NGL). Lilian Burgardt, one of the four recipients of the 2018 NGL Grant, and I had a chance to catch up earlier this month. The UFI NGL Grant is awarded to future leaders of the exhibition industry for exceptional initiative in driving change and innovation within their differe [...]

Is the UK government putting more stock in business events as Brexit looms?

Kerrin MacPhie, VisitBritain. While the UK is home to many of the world’s leading organisers, its event business at home is largely a domestic market.  But in light of the country’s upcoming departure from the European Union, the role of exhibitions at home has become increasingly important. Take for example the Farnborough International Airshow, which runs this week – 37 weeks before the UK is scheduled to leave the European Union. “This is an incredibly exciting time for aerospace. Not only [...]

The Events Investment Club for exhibition industry matchmaking

Global exhibition industry figureheads have come together to form an investment and strategic advisory council to help entrepreneurs and fledgling businesses in the exhibition industry. The Events Investment Club (working title) is the brainchild of former Reed Exhibitions chairman Mike Rusbridge and former Reed Exhibitions’ commercial director Nick Forster, who have pooled resources with a dozen leading lights from the international exhibition industry. The group, which held its first official [...]

By | 2018-01-26T09:26:59+00:00 January 26th, 2018|All, Best Practices, Management|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

UFI’s 5 trends to watch in 2018

This is traditionally the time of the year for reviewing the developments over the past months and taking stock. At UFI, we did this in early November, during the General Assembly at our Global Congress in Johannesburg. Thank you again for all the feedback you gave the UFI team on our ongoing initiatives, activities and projects. As in previous years, we also used the time around the Congress to identify the core themes that the UFI team feels will impact the global exhibition industry in 2018. [...]

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