An update from Shenzhen World

In the golden autumn of September, Shenzhen World Exhibition & Convention Center has successfully held the 1st China (Shenzhen) Cross Border E-Commerce Fair (CCBEC), the 23rd China International Optoelectronic Expo (CIOE) and the 17th China (Shenzhen) International Cultural Industries Fair (ICIF), registering a peak of visitor flow before the National Day holiday. Across 6 exhibition halls with a total area of 120,000 m2, the 1st China (Shenzhen) Cross Border E-commerce Fair (CCBEC) has attr [...]

By | 2021-10-15T09:15:51+00:00 October 15th, 2021|Asia – Pacific, Shenzen, UFI Diamond Sponsors|0 Comments

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

UFI President’s Letter: October 2021

Dear colleagues and friends, The time has come for me to write my final column as UFI President. They say that time flies when you are working hard and having fun! And, I must say it has been an incredibly interesting, exciting and rewarding experience and one of the shortest years of my life. It has been a great privilege to hold this position, and I hope my contribution as UFI President, and efforts to serve the exhibition industry, have been appreciated. I’d like to take this opportunity to t [...]

Thai Exhibition Industry in Active Preparation for Upcoming International Collaboration

International partnership opportunities in Thailand would become more realistic than ever as Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has kicked off its incubation programme “EO: Pro LEAGUE” on 28 September 2021 with an aim to strengthen Thai exhibition organizers (EO) in preparation for future collaboration with international show organizers staging their events in Thailand, as the gateway to ASEAN market. Significantly, this programme would equip Thai exhibition industrialists with int [...]

By | 2021-10-05T15:01:48+00:00 October 4th, 2021|Asia – Pacific, Exhibition Industry, UFI Diamond Sponsors|0 Comments

Update from the CEO: October 2021

Dear colleagues, I am writing these lines as I have just arrived in Singapore for a few days, where we will have a joint meeting of top representatives from the AEO, SISO, SACEOS, and UFI, to align around initiatives and projects going forward. We have built a packed programme for this “Joint Leadership Summit” – around industry dialogue and advocacy. We will meet with representatives from countries across South East Asia, to push for a realignment of travel protocols and procedures. The events [...]

Tips on Attending Live Events

I recently attended three live events – one conference and two exhibitions – in three weeks in two countries – the United States and England: SISO’s Summer Conference in the US, International Confex (London) and Speciality Fine Food Fair (London). The experiences were surreal, challenging and fantastic all at the same time. Here are some tips for those of you returning to live business-to-business events after 18 months (or more): Travel: It’s different! The bulk of travelers are tourists instea [...]

UFI President’s Letter: September 2021

Dear colleagues and friends, The summer months are  usually a quiet time for many but not at UFI. I’d like to give you an overview of some global projects from our association. We have released two milestone industry reports and continue the organisation of the UFI Global Congress in Rotterdam. In July, UFI has released the latest edition of its flagship Global Barometer research, which takes the pulse of the industry. While the results highlight the strong impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had o [...]

By | 2021-09-07T14:00:52+00:00 September 7th, 2021|All, Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

Update from the CEO: September 2021

Dear colleagues, as the summer is drawing to a close here in Europe, the UFI team is back at full strength – and also increasingly back in our office in Paris! It’s been an unusually wet summer across Central Europe – not the only part of the world that encounters changing weather. Be it forest fires and heatwaves, Hurricane Ida slamming New Orleans in the US, flooding washing away whole parts of cities in Germany – humans have already heated the planet by roughly 1.1 degrees Celsius, or 2 degre [...]

By | 2021-09-07T13:57:46+00:00 September 7th, 2021|All, Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|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