Global Exhibitions Day #GED21 – What are you looking forward to most when expos reopen?

The global exhibitions industry has had a rough 16 months. Global Exhibitions Day, Wednesday June 2 this year, represents a day for our industry to unite and tell the world we are coming back (safely) and are ready to provide the fuel the world economic engine requires to recover post-COVID-19. UFI along with its many global partner associations, members, and friends is shepherding the effort to get the word out that exhibitions are key to rebuilding economies. Together our impact is 299 billion [...]

2021 UFI Asia-Pacific Conference: A Fresh, Topical Perspective for the Future

“The UFI Asia-Pacific Conference is going all digital in 2021 and the content-driven lineup is intentional,” says UFI Asia-Pacific Regional Director Mark Cochrane. Taking place on 20 May, this event is open to both UFI members and non-members. Informa Markets have held a number of in-person events in Asia as well as a bevy of digital events, and keynote speaker Margaret Ma Connolly, President & CEO of Informa Markets in Asia, “will share the Future of Multichannel events and discuss how the [...]

A message from UFI President Anbu Varathan

Dear colleagues and friends, Normally at this time of year, the show season reaches one of the annual peaks around the world. Yet, one year into the COVID pandemic, venues around the world are serving as vaccination centres and emergency hospitals still in many cases, rather than welcoming show attendees. At UFI, we are tracking the recovery of exhibitions and business events. Where shows have taken place, exhibitors and visitors have expressed their satisfaction with attending shows, as well as [...]

Equality in Exhibitions for International Women’s Day 2021

We strongly believe in promoting diversity and inclusion in the exhibition industry, and we’re very pleased to be recognising International Women’s Day (IWD) 2021. Industry Voices The official theme of IWD 21 is “Choose to Challenge,” and we wanted to give people from the industry that opportunity to share their vision for equality in the exhibition industry. We asked people “What could equality look like in the exhibition industry?” and this is what they said... UFI Connects We are also pleased [...]

By | 2021-03-08T09:06:18+00:00 March 3rd, 2021|All, Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

The European Exhibition Industry welcomes European Council plan to develop digital vaccination certificate, calls upon EU Tourism Ministers to safely restore travel in a coordinated approach. 

Fragmented travel regulations and restrictions within the EU and globally remain a major barrier for international exhibitions and professional events to resume business. Instead, increasing and speeding-up vaccinations combined with cost-effective rapid testing and intelligent tracing solutions will foster both the protection of health and enable travel within Europe and worldwide and to start the economic recovery. EU-wide and globally compatible digital health certificates are a key tool to r [...]

By | 2021-02-26T14:17:51+00:00 February 26th, 2021|All, Europe, Exhibition Industry|0 Comments

SISO/UFI Deeper Dive: Case Study on IGES & SMGS

Show & Sell: An inside look at two gift shows — one by Emerald and one by Clarion — that were held in-person in November 2020 in Tennessee If you build a marketplace during COVID-19, will exhibitors and attendees come?  The answer was clearly yes for the International Gift Expo of the Smokies (IGES), produced by Emerald, and the Smoky Mountain Gift Show (SMGS), produced by Clarion Events North America - the first B2B events in the U.S for these independent show organisers since the onset of [...]

UFI Report: The Exhibition Industry in Latin America

At 528 pages, covering 27 sectors and including 16 different country reports, UFI’s Exhibition Industry in Latin America (LATAM) Report released at the end of 2020 is the most definitive report on the region since AFIDA last released an exhibition industry status report eight years ago. This new UFI LATAM Report contains key findings including the number of shows, trends and economic development of the region. Ana Maria Arango, Regional Manager of UFI for LATAM oversaw the mammoth effort, with t [...]

Economic Outlook: What industry leaders (you) need to know

What’s the economic outlook in light of the ongoing pandemic crisis, slowing economic growth and geopolitical changes? Has the economic crisis reached the bottom yet? In which countries and sectors is China investing? Will we see a trade war between China and U.S. despite a new presidential administration? Dr. Florence Eid-Oakden, CEO & Chief Economist at Arabia Monitor Research & Strategy, offered answers to these questions during a keynote at the #UFICongress. She provided key data to [...]

Q&A about Geopolitics with Wolfgang Ischinger

How will the pandemic impact global stability? “We have lost almost all of the certainties upon which our foreign policy assumptions have been built for decades,” said Wolfgang Ischinger, a German diplomat who served as the German Ambassador to the U.S. and the U.K. “We live in an extremely volatile world with enormous challenges to our societies and our countries.” Ischinger, who has served as Chairman of the Munich Security Conference since 2008, offered his views on the today’s geopolitical c [...]

9 Learnings about COVID-19 from a Virologist

COVID-19 case counts, virus maps, lockdowns, restrictions, cancelations, postponements have lead the daily news for months. Since COVID-19 was first reported on Dec. 31, 2019, the endless loop of 24/7 media coverage has created fear and uncertainty across the globe. What can we learn when we take a step back and look at the bigger picture through the lens of one virus expert? Current situation: Against a backdrop of COVID-19 cases running lower in Asia, spiking in Europe and hitting record highs [...]