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SISO/UFI Deeper Dive: Case Study on MWC Barcelona

On Feb. 12, 2020, GSMA announced the  cancellation of Mobile World Congress (MWC)  Barcelona — just 12 days before the mega-show was set to open on Feb. 24. Keep in mind: GSMA made this tough call a full month before the U.S. was shut down due to Covid. “Our biggest asset became our biggest liability when we cancelled,” said John Hoffman, CEO of GSMA, an association that represents 750 operators and 400 companies in the mobile industry. “We had a responsibility to the 110,000 attendees from 200 [...]

By | 2021-10-08T16:10:52+00:00 October 8th, 2021|Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

Adding Crisis Management to UFI’s Educational Line-Up

Adding Crisis Management to UFI’s Educational Line-Up Glenn Schoen, CEO of Boardroom@Crisis BV I much enjoyed my front row seat last year watching UFI CEO Kai Hattendorf and Programme Manager – Education & Working Groups Angela Heberholz as they and their colleagues swiftly started helping UFI members cope with the unfolding Covid-19 crisis. Enjoyed, for while the circumstances were most difficult, watching people meet a massive challenge with purpose and drive – in UFI’s case first featurin [...]

By | 2021-10-07T12:00:18+00:00 October 5th, 2021|All, Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

Why Trade Fairs are the Platform of the Future

by Klaus Dittrich, CEO and Chairman, Messe München The international trade fair industry needs to reinvent itself. IAA MOBILITY 2021 in Munich has shown where the road is going. Coronavirus has turned the world and our lives upside down. The consequences of the worst world economic crisis in post-war history will be with us for a long time to come. There can be no ‘business as usual’. These are, of course, words that can currently be heard in almost all industries. Suddenly we have to repeatedly [...]

By | 2021-09-24T09:32:03+00:00 September 24th, 2021|All|0 Comments

HKSAR Government urged to provide immediate assistance to help Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Industry struggling to survive on zero international trade event

Hong Kong, 6 September 2021 - The Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Industry Association (“HKECIA” and “the Association”) presented the results of the latest member survey “Impact of Covid-19 to Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Industry 2021” (“Survey”) to Commerce and Economic Development Bureau (“CEDB”), Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, and urged the authority to repurpose the fund of the Convention and Exhibition Industry Subsidy Scheme (“Subsidy Scheme”) and to provide a roa [...]

By | 2021-09-06T08:50:45+00:00 September 6th, 2021|Asia – Pacific|0 Comments

Mentoring within the UFI Programme

Lou Kiwanuka, The Shaper Group, The Ops Nest I was delighted to be asked to be part of the UFI Leadership Programme earlier this year, and even more delighted when I found out that my mentee, Erika, was pregnant with her 2nd child - what more privilege can you get than being part of someone’s preparation for a new life!? As with most life situations, our challenge was to configure a plan so that Erika could get the most out of our mentoring programme in the time we had. There is no doubt that th [...]

By | 2021-09-03T08:48:43+00:00 September 2nd, 2021|All, Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

Event Refresh and Event Sales – Re-freshen your event ideas!

An interview with the Co-Creators of Event Refresh and Event Sales, Frazer Chesterman FM Future and Paul Streeter PSJ Training who will be delivering two exciting new courses in the Autumn as part of the UFI certified professional programme. Who are you and what is your background? Frazer : I have both have around 25 plus years working in the exhibition and events industries, mostly launching and running shows in various markets from events for PA’s, events for exhibiting, to professional traini [...]

By | 2021-09-06T07:45:08+00:00 September 1st, 2021|All, Americas, Asia – Pacific, Education, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

How Vaccine Inequities Are Hurting International Events

Could successful vaccine rollouts in countries with strong domestic markets for trade shows and other events put a damper on resuming international events? While event executives are optimistic about a rebound in international travel, they also see factors favoring a greater shift toward local and regional events. How will successful vaccine rollouts in countries with strong domestic markets impact decisions to once again hold or attend international events? Is there likely to be a significant a [...]

By | 2021-07-13T15:34:04+00:00 July 13th, 2021|Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

SISO/UFI Deeper Dive: Case Study on Las Vegas Market

394 = the number of days from March 13, 2020 to April 11, 2021. That marks the time from the last trade show in Las Vegas since the pandemic to the first gathering of more than 250 people in the city that many would argue is the convention capital of the world. CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020 ended one day early in Las Vegas on Friday, March 13, due to growing concerns about COVID-19. Later that afternoon, U.S. President Donald J. Trump shut down the country for those very same reasons. The triennial show, [...]

By | 2021-07-12T09:31:48+00:00 July 8th, 2021|Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

The 2021 Global Industry Performance Review (GIPR): Executive Summary

Macroeconomic and exhibition industry performance Global GDP is expected to rise by 6% in 2021, rebounding from a drop of -3.3% in 2020. The global economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic is asymmetric: China is the only major economy which grew in 2020 and which will return to pre-crisis levels in 2021, with the US recovering the quickest among Western states. Inflation is picking up in the post-pandemic recovery from persistently low levels. At the same time, Covid has accelerated the ris [...]

By | 2021-07-06T12:52:56+00:00 July 6th, 2021|Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

Through COVID-19 and beyond: STB, PCMA and UFI launch white paper to reimagine the future of business events

The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked new challenges for the global business events sector. The Singapore Tourism Board, in partnership with the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and UFI (Global Association of the Exhibition Industry), presents a white paper that outlines how the sector can reimagine its offerings and better future-proof itself through innovation. The impetus for change  In 2020, the global travel and hospitality industry suffered a staggering loss of US$935 bill [...]

By | 2021-06-28T08:10:08+00:00 June 28th, 2021|Exhibition Industry, Exhibition Industry Research|0 Comments