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

Fira de Barcelona receives the UFI Operations & Services Award 2021

Fira de Barcelona has been awarded the Operations & Services Award 2021 by the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI), the association that brings together the world’s leading trade fair operators. The award recognises the institution’s versatility in dealing with the crisis caused by COVID-19, the return to activity with new digital and hybrid models and the implementation of innovative security measures, as well as the strengthening of links with society and the territory. Wit [...]

SISO/UFI Deeper Dive: Case Study on Jewelers International Showcase

When PAX Boston closed on March 1, 2020, the impacts of COVID-19 were already coming to the fore. The B2C show was the last event produced in the U.S. before the pandemic by Reed Exhibitions USA, a division of Reed Exhibitions (RX), one of the largest global organizers with 400+ shows annually. On March 22, RX USA got back into the live face-to-face (F2F) channel when it safely opened the trade-only 2021 Jewelers International Showcase (JIS) at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Held in Miami si [...]

By | 2021-05-19T13:18:32+00:00 May 19th, 2021|Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

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 [...]

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

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 [...]