Stable growth through new business models

The exhibition industry is enjoying solid, stable growth on the global scale - this is one of the core results of the 20th edition of our UFI Global Exhibition Barometer, released at the end of January. To honour the jubilee edition we added something special to the global research - and looked for a measure that describes how the business model of exhibitions is changing. The answers are encouraging, as they show that, all around the world, the exhibition industry is investing into new opportun [...]

By | 2018-02-07T15:28:02+00:00 February 7th, 2018|All, Digital Innovation, Exhibition Industry Research|0 Comments

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

Re-launch Exhibition Industry Blog

Built from the ground-up with the needs of the global exhibition industry in mind, I am pleased to present the UFI blog with a clean, uncluttered design, improved functionality and rich, enhanced content. Designed and structured to mirror the value and resources of the exhibition industry, the newly revamped UFI blog will provide you with specialised, thought-provoking content. From exhibition industry professionals This newly redesigned blog offers quick and easy access to articles on trending [...]

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

Using the right information to plot your digital path

If UFI’s Global Barometer is anything to go by, then the new year resolutions of many exhibition industry companies will revolve around the digitalisation of their businesses. Driven change Globally, 55 per cent of the companies UFI surveyed said they have already changed internal processes and workflows to be more digital, with the UK, Germany, the US and China most active in this respect, while a quarter of companies reported that they have developed a digital transformation strategy for the w [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

ASEAN opportunity for exhibition organisers

Much like the exhibitions we trade in, Smart Cities promote industrial development and digital innovation. As hubs for digital services able to connect foreign countries, they attract digital workers, investors and software companies from around the world. The Phuket province will host the first smart city in Thailand, re-conceived around the notions of flexibility, ease of doing business and overseas investment, with an overall revision of potentially obstructive trading laws and regulations. T [...]

By | 2018-01-22T17:03:39+00:00 December 7th, 2017|All, Asia – Pacific, Digital Innovation, Exhibition Industry|0 Comments

Global reach and UFI membership development

It is my sincere pleasure to address you all here for the first time as your UFI president. Thanks to all of you for placing your trust in me. I will do my best to represent all of you and UFI as a whole, and to work for our wonderful industry in this special and unique role over the next twelve months. During the past year, as incoming president, I took the time to look very closely at our association. I worked with Sergey and Andreas, as well as with Kai and the entire UFI team, on the priorit [...]

By | 2018-01-22T17:22:21+00:00 November 30th, 2017|All, Exhibition Industry, Topics, UFI Updates|0 Comments

Re-Engaging Exhibition Critics

Exhibitions are more than just a marketplace. They are an annual gathering of a community – trade or public. And when done right, the community takes ownership of the event, which is simultaneously amazing – and terrifying. Amazing because attendees become super fans and evangelists. They are invested all the way. They tell everyone they know how wonderful your exhibition is. How much they look forward to going every year. It’s “their” event. Terrifying because as super fans, they think they kno [...]

By | 2018-01-23T10:37:39+00:00 November 28th, 2017|All, Exhibition Industry, Topics|0 Comments