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Thailand to host AFECA AGM 2023, reigniting its leading role in driving the exhibition industry in the region

Bangkok: Thailand is officially declared a host of the Asian Federation of Exhibition and Convention Associations (AFECA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2023.

2023 Exhibition Outlook Part II: Deeper dive into how industry leaders are responding to current market conditions

In a blog post in December, UFI CEO Kai Hattendorf outlined five themes that will shape the next 12 to 18 months. In a 2 part blog post, we will share strategies that UFI members are deploying around these themes in 2023.

Seen and heard at #UFICongress 2022: 10 compelling quotes from senior leaders on the current state of affairs and the most pressing issues of the moment

As I look back and reflect on my experience at the UFI Global Congress, held Nov. 14-17 in Muscat, Oman, one of the most informative and valuable sessions to me was the Global Exhibition Industry Board Meeting, which featured senior leadership from a variety of companies — including ADNEC Group, Emerald, Messe Muenchen, EasyFairs and RX Global — discussing the current state of affairs in their functions as CEO, CFO, HR Director, CIO and Director of Strategy & Investment. Montgomery Group Chairman Sandy Angus moderated the session together with UFI’s Caitlin Reed and asked tough questions about the most pressing topics at the moment.

December 2022 – A message from the CEO

A lingering pandemic in China and elsewhere. War in Europe. Inflation rates not seen in a generation in major markets. Droughts, hurricanes, and record temperatures. It’s certainly not “business as usual” as we write the closing chapter for 2022. And 2023? Not all will be black and white, and economists are using endless types of grey in their outlooks for the next year.

Exhibition industry in Thailand posts strong rebound

24 October 2022: Thailand’s trade show industry has staged a strong rebound since borders reopened. Eleven new international trade shows were successfully launched between May and September of this year with supports from Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) in pursuit of advancing the “Thailand 4.0” national agenda. And to effectively take the initiative, the bureau also launched its “SPIRE Thailand” – a campaign that helps driving domestic exhibitions in key vertical industries.

The Best Thing About Being Part of UFI’s Next Generation of Leaders

For the last Next Generation of Leaders (NGL) interview, I spoke with Justine Rabel, International Key Account Manager, Eventmaker and Monika Baro, Project Manager, VNU Exhibitions Asia Pacific Co., Ltd. Our first featured Joe Kowalsky, Show Director, Emerald X LLC, and the second featured Daniella Galante, Digital Marketing & Creative Manager, RX South Africa, Maria Victoria Piñeres, Operations Manager, Costa Rica Convention Center/Grupo Heroica Volio y Trejos S.A., and Jon Yahirun, Customer Success Manager, Clarion Events.

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