How will we remember 2017?

As we wind down for another year, I found myself reflecting on the key development that for me will come to define the exhibition industry in 2017. In the private sector we have seen some major development, perhaps led by the entry of Blackstone Group, a private equity firm with funds of more than US$368bn under management, into the exhibitions industry. Blackstone bought UK organiser Clarion from Providence Equity for a sum reportedly close to £600m, giving it a solid foothold in Europe. This f [...]

By | 2018-01-23T09:20:52+00:00 December 15th, 2017|All, Exhibition Industry, UFI Updates|0 Comments

Showcase Africa’s culture and economic opportunity

If the 84th UFI Global Congress in Johannesburg last month made one thing clear about Africa’s appeal to global exhibition organisers, it’s that while appetites may be whetted; work needs to be done to make much of the continent accessible. According to Carol Weaving, Chairperson of Association of African Exhibition Organisers (AAXO) and MD of Reed Exhibitions Africa, delegates were clearly investigating which African countries offered stability and room to grow their shows, the venues to house [...]

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. [...]

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

Mercedes-Benz and the story of the exhibitor becoming the show

Exhibitions are singularly adept at gathering an entire market in one place for a short period of time. People pay good money to be in the mix when this happens, be it as buyer or exhibitor, influencer or influenced. The bigger the event, the greater the percentage of the international market in attendance. The world’s largest motor show, IAA Frankfurt, is one event that truly gathers the global community, car lovers are just one part of the circus that gathers in the industrial Germany city for [...]

By | 2018-01-23T10:37:41+00:00 November 13th, 2017|All, Best Practices, Europe, Exhibition Industry|0 Comments

Raising the odds of our exhibitions’ success

With the evolution of exhibition formats, markets are expanding, shifting in such a way that our businesses are continuously presented with new revenue sources. Much of this comes from the digitisation of exhibition businesses. Exhibitions co-exist with online counterparts and therein lies a great deal of potential revenue, be it derived from the collection and exchange of data, dissemination of content or good ol' fashion sponsorship and advertising. As anyone on their way to Johannesburg this [...]

By | 2017-12-11T15:22:10+00:00 October 31st, 2017|All, Middle East – Africa, Topics, UFI Updates|0 Comments

The IFP Group’s Joker Program

Insight by Diana Salman, HR Strategic Change Manager (IFP Group) and UFI NGL Grant recepient. In playing cards, the Joker is Wild. Being able to be anything the holder needs it to be, it makes any hand stronger. The Joker Program is UFI member IFP Group’s answer to moving their operations team seamlessly across their six offices in five countries as needed. Diana Salman, HR Strategic Change Manager for the company and 2017 #NGLGrant recipient shared how her company came up with the idea. IFP Gro [...]

By | 2017-12-08T09:40:10+00:00 October 11th, 2017|All, Education, Human Resources, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

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

It has been an incredibly interesting, exciting and rewarding experience!

Blogger: Dr. Andreas Gruchow, UFI President Dear colleagues, dear friends, They say that time flies when you are working hard and having fun – and I totally agree.  Almost a year has passed since I was handed the President’s gavel in Shanghai at the 83th UFI Global Congress. It has been an incredibly interesting, exciting and rewarding experience and one of the shortest years in my life. These last words of welcome in my presidency provides the opportunity to review the progress we’ve made toget [...]

By | 2017-12-08T09:39:34+00:00 October 4th, 2017|All, Exhibition Industry, UFI Updates|1 Comment

What if WE, as an industry disrupt ourselves?

Blogger: Stephanie Selesnick, President of International Trade Information, Inc. Disruption for business is defined as a radical change in an industry, business strategy, etc., especially involving the introduction of a new product or service that creates a new market. We know change is coming and that exhibitions have to evolve now, or go away. For example, look what digitalization has done. Can you imagine an exhibition without a website, LinkedIn group and some kind of social media presence? [...]

By | 2017-12-10T11:55:26+00:00 September 18th, 2017|All, Americas, Best Practices|0 Comments