Evolving business models in the event and exhibition industry

Blogger: Manish Chandak, President & CEO, Ungerboeck Software International This fall I had the privilege to attend two key conferences of the global meetings & exhibitions industry: the UFI Congress in Shanghai, China, and the ICCA Congress in Kuching, Malaysia. The annual conferences of ICCA and UFI are unique opportunities to exchange and get a better understanding of what moves venues, destinations and event and meeting planners. Both conferences are prime examples of valuable face-t [...]

By | 2017-12-08T10:02:27+00:00 November 30th, 2016|All, Asia – Pacific, Topics, UFI News|0 Comments

UFI President’s update

Blogger: Sergey Alexeev, UFI President In September, I had the pleasure to welcome UFI’s Executive Committee to my home town, St. Petersburg. There, we discussed all the major activities UFI is pursuing, in the area of research, on education programmes and events, on industry advocacy efforts like Global Exhibition Day, and many others. I am proud of the many achievements and activities I have reported to you over recent months. And I want to share one more success with you today: The EEIA, UFI’ [...]

By | 2018-01-16T13:14:16+00:00 October 17th, 2016|All, UFI News, UFI Updates|0 Comments

Sharing knowledge across platforms for the exhibition industry

Blogger: Kai Hattendorf, UFI Managing Director When we meet at the UFI Global Congress in Shanghai, we will discuss the trends and developments that create ripples of change in our industry. One of these is the way that digital media and marketing channels impact the way we reach out and interact with our customers and business prospects. The same is true, in many ways, for the way we at UFI are reaching out to you, our members. Technically a company, or an association, is signed up as a UFI mem [...]

By | 2017-12-08T10:06:13+00:00 October 5th, 2016|All, Human Resources, UFI News|0 Comments

The Exhibition Industry After The U.K. Referendum

  Blogger: Sergey Alexeev, UFI President and Kai Hattendorf UFI Managing Director The British people, in their referendum on the UK’s membership in the European Union, have spoken out in favour of leaving the Union. The markets have reacted as expected, with sharp losses, signalling question marks over the economic future of both the U.K., and Europe. Uncertainty about the future is rising. What will this mean for our industry? The exhibition industry provides the world’s market places for trade [...]

By | 2017-12-10T13:17:38+00:00 June 24th, 2016|All, Exhibition Industry, UFI News|0 Comments

Paul Woodward steps down

Posted by Barry Siskind UFI’s Community Manager In the past few days UFI Paul Woodward announced that he would step down after this year’s Congress in Milan. Paul has been a strong advocate and an important voice in the growth of our industry. He will be missed. Heidrick & Struggles Paris office has been appointed to search for his replacement. [...]

By | 2017-12-03T00:46:56+00:00 February 19th, 2015|All, Management, UFI News|0 Comments

Inspiring ideas to recharge your exhibition

Posted by Barry Siskind UFI’s Community Manager What does it take to develop creative ideas? Sometimes it requires a trip back to the beginning and changing everything. In other instances it may require a small amount of tweaking of existing plans. Biz Bash’s Mitra Sorrells & Martha C. White wrote an interesting post titled, The 15 Most Innovative Meetings of 2014. Their list includes examples of not for profits and for profits events. Some of the ideas were: • Reducing the content and incre [...]

Are you Fit to Compete in Latin America?

Posted by Barry Siskind UFI’s Community Manager Marcos Giberti is a partner at the venture capital firm, Vesuvio Ventures. He is also a former President of Reed Exhibitions, Latin America. Marcos will be speaking at the upcoming 81st UFI Congress in Bogota, Columbia, October 28th to November 1st. The title of his presentation is, Are You Fit to Compete in Latin America? I spoke to Marcos about what he will be presenting to give you a flavor of his topic. Here’s what we spoke about. Barry: Why ar [...]

A robust global exhibition market

Posted byBarry SiskindUFI’s Community Manager The 6th annual Globex report from AMR International reported robust growth in the global exhibition market. According to the report, the growth rate was a 4% increase over the previous year to a total of $24.3 billion (US dollars). Trade Show Executive posted a summary of the report highlighting areas of growth being the Gulf region followed by the BRIC countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China.Denzil Rankin, AMR International’s Executive Chairman [...]

By | 2018-01-16T13:21:41+00:00 September 26th, 2014|All, Exhibition Industry, Management, UFI News|0 Comments

What’s new with Audience Response Systems

Posted byBarry SiskindUFI’s Community Manager It seems like not much time has passed when I was sitting in the audience of a conference I was attending listening to a keynote presenter who was asking their audience’s opinions. I remember that we were handed a small device as we entered the room. There were buttons on the face of the device and we could answer the speaker’s questions with a yes or no. Then in a flash our collective responses were displayed at the front of the room. So much has ha [...]

Near Field Communications improve the visitor experience

Posted byBarry SiskindUFI’s Community Manager Near Field Communications (NFC) has been embraced by the event industry. While it is  estimated that the number of Smartphones equipped with NFC will soar to 1.2 billion by 2018, from my perspective exhibitions have been slow to utilize this bit of technology.If you haven’t taken a serious look at NCF, here is an interesting post on the BizBash.com site which describes seven ways events use NFC that can just as easily apply to exhibitions. Access Con [...]