SISO/UFI Deeper Dive: Case Study on Super Pet Expo

How All Show Services Produced a B2C Show Safely and Successfully in Virginia Find out how All Show Services produced a B2C show safely and successfully in Virginia! Show Producer Eric Udler shares insight on how his team and their partners were able to pull off one of the first consumer shows in the U.S. since COVID-19. To help members understand the full picture, SISO and UFI take a deeper dive by including perspective from convention center management, an attendee, and an exhibitor on their s [...]

Message from UFI President Mary Larkin – November 2020

It is hard to believe that a year has passed since I accepted the role of President of UFI during the 2019 Congress in Bangkok.  And what a year it has been!  As I write my final column as President, I marvel at how the industry has come together in a time of crisis and is ensuring that we will come out of this pandemic stronger and better than before. As we entered a new decade, we had no idea what was going to hit our industry.  During the CEO Summit in Rome in February, the discussion around [...]

Meet the 2020 NGL Grant Recipients!

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 [...]

UFI and SISO call for “Testing over Quarantine” policies to keep businesses going

UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, and SISO, the Society for Independent Show Organizers, today call on policymaker and governments around the world to empower the best policy solutions to maintain the flow of people, products, and services - and in doing so, to activate the potentials of rapid antigen COVID tests. The statement, signed by UFI President Mary Larkin (President Diversified Communications, USA) and SISO Chair Doug Emslie (Group Chief Executive, Tarsus Group), r [...]

By | 2020-10-13T06:42:32+00:00 October 8th, 2020|All, Exhibition Industry, UFI News|0 Comments

Message from UFI President Mary Larkin – October 2020

Resilience and People As we enter another month of the COVID-19 crisis, it’s impact on our industry, our businesses and our lifes is still growing. We are all striving within ourselves to be resilient, to plan events in the midst of uncertainty, to “pivot” to other revenue streams and to hang on to the positive news from elsewhere and glimmers of hope that we see around us.  While events are reopening in many countries, there is confusion as to the value they bring to an economy in many others. [...]

Yes, the quality of exhibiting companies at your show matters

During the recent #UFIConnects Webinar featuring some results of the latest UFI & Explori Global Recovery Study (with funding from SISO), there were a couple of questions which were notable. They were around factors visitors consider when deciding whether or not to attend an exhibition. The number one determining factor was the quality of exhibiting companies with 71% of respondents citing it as a huge influence, and another 22% saying it has some influence. That’s 93% of visitors looking at [...]

IFA Berlin: first post-COVID Global Consumer Electronics trade fair opened its doors!

A small summary of the first day of international consumer electronics show IFA at Messe Berlin, as trade shows and exhibitions are taking place again in Germany as of September. Remember: The Mobile World Congress in Barcelona was the first major exhibition in Europe that got cancelled as the COVID virus spread around the continent this spring. In the US, SXSW as well has been cancelled, and the Consumer Electronics Show has already announced it will be all digital in 2021. IFA is the only phys [...]

By | 2020-09-04T11:11:34+00:00 September 4th, 2020|All, Europe, Exhibition Industry, UFI News|0 Comments

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