Message from UFI President Mary Larkin – July 2020

Dear colleagues and friends, The Power of collaboration and leadership has become very apparent in our industry during the COVID-19 crisis. The industry has aligned itself around one issue – the safe reopening of events! This has put the focus on the importance of advocacy within and for our industry. Let’s face it: For the most part, many players from our industry saw little need for advocacy in recent years. Business was going well, with economies growing simultaneously around the world. Howev [...]

By | 2020-07-08T14:59:39+00:00 July 8th, 2020|All, UFI News|0 Comments

Position Paper – TODAY IS GLOBAL EXHIBITIONS DAY!

Exhibitions are the most powerful ECONOMIC GROWTH ENGINES that drive economic recovery and the EU’s progress on a fast track mode Exhibitions are key to rebuilding economies The trade fairs and exhibitions industry will reconnect and rebuild businesses. We are an industry that is proud to be both a contributor to local economies and a stimulus for business growth throughout the world. Exhibitions are the marketplaces and meeting places for entire industries – regionally, nationally, and internat [...]

By | 2020-06-29T10:19:14+00:00 June 3rd, 2020|All, Europe, Exhibition Industry, UFI News|1 Comment

Showcasing the talent of our industry

The Next Generation Leadership (NGL) Grant focuses on promoting the talent we have in the exhibition industry – and giving our best-rising industry professionals the international recognition and the stage they deserve. At UFI, we are strongly committed to giving next-generation leaders a voice and a global platform to further thrive. Through the annual NGL Grant programme, we enjoy working with young professionals worldwide who are putting their energy, ideas, and initiative, into the exhibitio [...]

By | 2020-03-02T09:55:52+00:00 January 23rd, 2020|All, Education|0 Comments

Meet the 2019/2020 NGL Grant Winners (Part 2 of 2)

Stephanie Selesnick, International Trade Information, Inc. In its fourth year, UFI’s NGL Grant (Next Generation of Leaders), sponsored by Freeman, identifies and helps develop up-and-coming exhibition industry talent. The program is two parts: The first has the five NGL Grant recipients presenting their research and thoughts about the exhibition industry’s future in a session at the upcoming UFI Global Congress in Thailand. The second pairs them up with C-level industry mentors. These talented [...]

By | 2019-10-25T08:37:34+00:00 October 25th, 2019|Education, Exhibition Industry|0 Comments

Meet UFI’s NGL Grant Winners! (Part 1 of 2)

Stephanie Selesnick, International Trade Information, Inc. In its fourth year, UFI’s NGL Grant (Next Generation of Leaders), sponsored by Freeman, gives five young exhibition professionals a chance to be part of the global industry.  In November, they will present findings and thoughts on the future of the exhibition industry during the UFI Global Congress in Bangkok, Thailand. After the Congress, the NGL Grant recipients will enter an executive mentoring program where they will learn, brainst [...]

By | 2019-10-25T08:39:12+00:00 October 10th, 2019|Education, Exhibition Industry|0 Comments

Looking for the “Black Swan”​ in the live events industry

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 [...]

By | 2019-10-08T16:02:02+00:00 October 8th, 2019|All, Best Practices, Exhibition Marketing, Operations & Services|0 Comments

Agents of change

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 [...]

By | 2019-08-07T09:49:45+00:00 July 31st, 2019|Best Practices, Human Resources, Management|0 Comments

Using Sponsorships in B2B Events

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 [...]

By | 2019-07-18T12:12:21+00:00 July 18th, 2019|Education, Exhibition Marketing|1 Comment

Turning JMIC’s research into an explosive campaign tool

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 [...]