Mexico’s triumph and tribulation in Trump’s wake

As we land in Mexico for the first UFI LatAm Conference (World Trade Centre, Mexico City, 18-19 September) we do so on firmer ground following last month’s Trump-Mexico trade agreement. “Markets rose in relief when America and Mexico announced on 27 August that they had agreed on changes to the [24-year-old] North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA),” published The Economist the day after Trump made Congress aware of his intent. The revised pact between the US and Mexico (America’s third bigge [...]

The insights of the Latin American region exhibition industry

Ana Maria Arango, UFI Latam Regional Manager talks about the state of the exhibition industry in the Latin American region. Interview by Nick Dugdale-Moore. Ana Maria, 18 - 19 September, UFI will be organising its first LATAM Regional Conference in Mexico. Can you tell us something more about the region and the exhibition industry market share/revenue? Latin America is a very diverse continent, not only in terms of the evolution of the exhibition industry, but in the diversity of their exhibitio [...]

Are Brazil’s events returning to strength?

'A view of Sao Paolo including exhibition venue Expo Center Norte' Provided you haven’t been running the country in the past 10 years, things are looking increasingly positive for the people of Brazil. On Tuesday, the president of the Central Bank of Brazil Ilan Goldfajn, said the country’s economy could expand beyond the otherwise “well-calibrated” 2.6 per cent forecasted for 2018. Speaking at an event in São Paulo, Goldfajn said that the nation’s recovery from the deepest recession in decade [...]

UFI Global Exhibition Barometer

The UFI Global Exhibition Barometer is a survey answered by almost 300 companies from 53 countries, painting a genuinely global picture. The results detail development for 17 geographical zones, including 14 major national markets, and in broad terms reveal positive trends for the exhibition industry. The good news is 2017 appears to have been a generally profitable year, although fewer than half (44%) of the companies we approached said their operating profits were actually growing. Exhibition [...]

Could event size count against exhibitor satisfaction and loyalty? (1 of 2)

In the world of professional conference organisers, much is made of the importance of brand ambassadors in generating interest – and ultimately attendance – in an event. But while in that world the ambassador is typically an eminent professor in the field in which the event takes place, our brand ambassadors are the paying customers; the exhibitors setting out their stalls on the show floor. It stands to reason then that event directors can use them to great effect in building the reputation of, [...]

By | 2018-03-06T11:07:30+00:00 February 27th, 2018|All, Exhibition Industry Research|0 Comments

Building on a record year with more shows, visitors and venues

While our 2018 plans begin to unfold, we at TCEB have also been taking time to reflect on 2017; a year in which we made significant progress in boosting our offering to overseas organisers. It was a year of recognition, praised for reforms by the World Bank in its Doing Business report, demonstrating our enriched proposition to event organisers in areas such as investment protection, business start-up aid and contract security. Further ratings improvement came courtesy of recent UFI statistics, [...]

By | 2018-02-22T08:11:01+00:00 February 21st, 2018|All, Asia – Pacific, Exhibition Industry Research|0 Comments

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

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 [...]

Jochen Witt to deliver his 10th and final Global Industry Review at the UFI Congress

For the past ten consecutive years, Jochen Witt has presented the Global Industry Review at each annual UFI Congress in Johannesburg, South Africa. The annual “State of the Global Industry” presentation is seen by many as the “cannot miss” session of the event. Stephanie Selesnick: Would you share a bit about your upcoming session at the UFI Global Congress in Johannesburg? Jochen Witt: This year, my presentation will be composed of three parts: Global politics and the economies of the most impo [...]

By | 2017-12-18T13:59:33+00:00 October 9th, 2017|All, Exhibition Industry Research|0 Comments