An update from Shenzhen World

The exhibition and convention industry worldwide has constantly and severely suffered from the Covid-19 pandemic. UFI estimates that the exhibition scale in Asia has dropped by more than 75% in 2020 compared to that in 2019. At the beginning of 2021, the exhibition and convention industry in China has managed to make a breakthrough and lead the pack in the world’s uphill struggle for recovery. In the first half of this year, the epidemic in Shenzhen has eased. Shenzhen World Exhibition & Con [...]

By | 2021-07-20T09:43:01+00:00 July 20th, 2021|Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

UFI LATAM’s Conference Provides Real Time Updates about the Region

UFI’s LATAM (Latin American) Conference takes place online from August 10-12 and will showcase LATAM companies and speakers from throughout the region. Unlike all other UFI events, this one is being held in Spanish and will be professionally simulcast in both English and Portuguese. With 11 sessions, 32 speakers and a lot of networking in between, I discussed the program with Ana Maria Arango, UFI’s LATAM Regional Director. It kicks off with Reinventing Live and Going Omnichannel with Marco Gilb [...]

By | 2021-07-16T10:39:14+00:00 July 16th, 2021|Americas|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

TCEB Optimistic for Thai Exhibitions through Its 5-Year Roadmap.

On the occasion of Global Exhibitions Day (GED) on June 2, 2021, Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) joined forces with Thai Exhibition Association (TEA) to celebrate this world’s annual significant event, as well as to re-invigorate Thai exhibition industry and to revitalise national economy, with stringent measures to bring back vaccinated international exhibitors and visitors by the second half of the year, in line with the government’s reopening plan, especially the “Sandbox Mod [...]

By | 2021-07-06T12:52:38+00:00 June 29th, 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

Entrance examinations of the Laurea University of Applied Sciences

Name of event: Entrance examinations of the Laurea University of Applied Sciences, Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences and the University of Helsinki Name of organiser: Messukeskus Helsinki and in co-operation with universities Name of the venue: Messukeskus Helsinki, Expo and Convention Centre Dates of the event: May 24 – June 4, 2021 Duration of the event: 2 weeks Size of the event: 1000-3000 applicants per day. Total amount: 45,000. Type of ev [...]

By | 2021-06-15T12:33:14+00:00 June 15th, 2021|Europe|0 Comments

Attend the UFI European Conference from the comfort of office or home!

How do exhibition companies make money on digital events and services? That’s a big question being answered by those who have had success. Philippe Brocart, Managing Director of Maison & Objet, one of Europe’s leading gift and design shows, is one of those. He will share some tips, hazards and ideas while kicking off the annual UFI European Conference, this June 9-10 online. The show has had a proprietary online marketplace since 2017 – five years ago! Nick Dugdale-Moore, UFI’s Regional Dire [...]

“Power of One” – Key Solution to Thailand’s Exhibition Industry Development amid COVID Challenges

Thailand’s state and private sectors have been proactively joining forces as the “Power of One” to tackle new challenges from the global pandemic. Thai government’s stringent hygiene and safety measures, nationwide vaccination centers as well as strong fighting spirits among medical professionals, businesses and public volunteers are clearly witnessed as a positive energy promoting confidence towards the country. From the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration, vaccination has started sinc [...]

By | 2021-05-27T13:02:43+00:00 May 27th, 2021|Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments