From West World to the exhibition world

Kai Hattendorf, UFI Managing Director / CEO One of the hottest tickets at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin last month was for the chance to step into and experience the saloon from the TV series “West World” – a show based on the story that humanoid robots in a “wild west” amusement park “awaken” from their programming, driven by artificial intelligence. In Austin, it took organisers four months to prepare this two-hour experience for ticket holders. Over 440 pages of script we [...]

By | 2018-04-26T15:22:23+00:00 April 26th, 2018|All, Exhibition Industry, UFI News, UFI Updates|0 Comments

Next Generation Leadership Grant

During the last month, one activity stood out to me while carrying out my role as our association’s president: the day we selected the recipients of this year’s Next Generation Leadership (NGL) Grant. The UFI NGL Grant programme promotes next-generation leadership, by rewarding professionals who demonstrate clear initiative in driving change and innovation in their area of activity. We launched this programme in 2016 to help young leaders to connect, engage and exchange ideas with experienced pr [...]

By | 2018-04-19T15:01:50+00:00 April 19th, 2018|All, Exhibition Industry, UFI News, UFI Updates|0 Comments

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. [...]

10 Reasons Why I’m attending UFI’s Open Seminar in Asia and Educational Forum on Sustainability

Blogger: Stephanie Selesnick, President of International Trade Information, Inc I attended my first European Seminar #ufibasel last year in Basel, Switzerland and found the education and networking to be excellent. Open to UFI members and non-members, my expectations are high for the two events taking place this February 21-24 in Singapore #ufisingapore for the following reason:  Singapore – the City-State is world famous for many reasons, among them sustainability in the face of limited natural [...]

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 [...]