EEAA CALLS FOR MORE FUNDS AND THE URGENT EXTENSION OF THE BUSINESS EVENTS GRANTS PROGRAM

The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA), calls for the Commonwealth Government to extend the money available under the Business Events Grants Program to the industry immediately. As an active member of the peak body for the events sector, the Business Events Council of Australia (BECA), EEAA supports BECA’s pre-budget submission which calls for targeted support to add the rebuild of the Business Events industry. Claudia Sagripanti, EEAA Chief Executive said EEAA’s members need [...]

By | 2021-05-05T11:04:36+00:00 May 5th, 2021|Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

Joint Industry Initiative Launches to Unite Event Data

A working group of event organisers and technology platforms announces Virtual Standard Export Format (VSef) a universal format for virtual and hybrid event data. The data standards have been developed collaboratively by a cross-industry working group. Founding members include ten global event organisers and leading event tech platform partners, who have come together to create a shared industry-wide standard. VSef is run on a not-for-profit basis, open to all event organisers, and any platform [...]

By | 2021-05-05T11:03:44+00:00 May 4th, 2021|Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

France announces re-opening dates for events

The French government has published a timetable for the re-opening of the country related to the COVID pandemic that also foresees when trade shows and business events can be held again: Beginning on June 9, exhibitions and trade fairs can reopen in compliance with a maximum limit of 5,000 people (with health pass) Beginning on June 30, the government states the possibility to hold "any event" that is bringing together more than 1,000 people thanks to a health pass, according to the local health [...]

Looking Forward: A Practical Perspective on Recovery

Rod Cameron, Executive Director, Joint Meetings Industry Council With the competing forces of vaccine roll-out and the emergence of variants with still largely unknown implications waging a battle across most of the world, there are few simple scenarios for the future of our industry. Meanwhile, so much has changed in the course of the pandemic that any thoughts we will simply revert to our previous status have long-since disappeared in favor of what is generally referred to as the “new normal”. [...]

By | 2021-04-27T15:19:03+00:00 April 27th, 2021|Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

UFI MEA Conference: First UFI face-to-face event in 2021!

This year’s in-person UFI MEA Conference is, “The focus is equally about case studies, lessons learnt, collaboration and the way forward,” said UFI Regional Director MEA Naji El Haddad. The first UFI face-to-face event takes place Wednesday, May 26 at the Dubai World Trade Center, Dubai, UAE. Naji continued, “All of the speakers will be on the stage. All of the delegates will be in the seats (safely, of course). It’s 100% in person!” Speaking more about the content design of the UFI Middle East [...]

By | 2021-05-03T11:34:23+00:00 April 26th, 2021|Middle East – Africa, UFI News|0 Comments

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 [...]

TCEB Launches “MICE WINNOVATION” Utilising Innovation for Successful New Normal Events

After 3 years of successful breeding of MICE innovation among Thai startups, TCEB is now implementing an elevated version of such initiative, MICE WINNOVATION, Winning with the Innovation, which was debuted on March 26th in Bangkok. It is a project aiming to stimulate and support Thai MICE entrepreneurs to access and select innovation and technology, developed by Thai tech firms for pre-event, onsite and post-event, in organising new normal domestic exhibitions, international trade fairs, intern [...]

The Exhibition Think Tank Club is starting its new project: the “Journey to reopen the exhibition industry”

As some regions begin to host live events again, and others wait for restrictions to lift, the ETT Club is proud to support the exhibition industry through the process of reopening, with its new Journey to reopen the exhibition industry project. This series of online sessions will invite friends of the exhibition industry to share their insights, knowledge and experiences of how to reopen events, to support others along the journey of reopening. The project is a positive sign to the global exhib [...]

SISO/UFI Deeper Dive: Case Study on MAGIC, WWIN, & OFFPRICE

Eleven months into a global pandemic, fashion forward at an industry trade show means COVID casual, face masks and festival wristbands to signify that participants have tested negative for COVID-19. Despite disruptions and government restrictions, the fashion industry continues to set trends with many firsts in early 2021 for the trade show industry at MAGIC Pop Up Orlando, WWIN Orlando Showcase, and OFFPRICE Orlando Market, held Feb. 9-11 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. N [...]

By | 2021-03-23T10:31:43+00:00 March 22nd, 2021|Americas|0 Comments