The Next Generation to do list for 2022

There is nothing more promising than a blank page. Every first day of January, we unwrap our brand-new planners, ready to start organising. Focus, purpose, objectives: there is something magical about the positive energy of a new year. It is with this constructive drive that we can brainstorm, discuss and innovate. But first, let us introduce ourselves. Hello, Cinzia from Italy and Alexis from Mexico here. We are UFI Next Generation Leadership Grant winners from 2019 and 2020, and we know what o [...]

By | 2022-01-14T13:19:44+00:00 January 14th, 2022|Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments


The exhibition industry has been heavily affected by the global health situation and the need to collaborate and share best practices is essential to ensure the successful organisation of events. The Awards aim at honouring outstanding initiatives of companies that have contributed to overcome several challenges. WHO CAN APPLY The award is open to both UFI members and non-members (exhibition organisers, venues, service providers and partners), on the condition that entries are event-related. Par [...]

Season’s Greetings from Thailand. Let’s Step up to 2022 & Celebrate a New Journey Together!

Come join a ride for forth-coming lucrative opportunities in Thailand, in the heartland of Southeast Asia, with a market of 660 million population, and get your exhibitions rolling for the rosy future ahead together! Exhibitions are restarting in Thailand. Our exhibition stakeholders, be they organizers or venue operators, are seeing a continual return of “face-to-face” events under “new normal” practices and are looking forward to welcoming international participants around the world to maximiz [...]

By | 2022-01-06T10:54:38+00:00 January 6th, 2022|Asia – Pacific|0 Comments

Increase Your Professional Skills – Attend the UFI-EMS!

The next UFI-EMS (Exhibition Management School) features faculty comprised of global industry experts and takes place February 14-24, 2022. Topics covered include: Budget and P&L, Customer Centricity & Care, Cross-Channel Exhibition Marketing, Digital Innovation, Global Business Development, Human Resources & Leadership, Agile Cross-Sales Strategies, and Strategy Creation and Development. It’s a great opportunity to sharpen and gain new professional tools for exhibition industry memb [...]

UFI President’s Letter December 2021

Dear colleagues, dear friends, A few weeks ago, our industry took the stage at COP26, at the Global Climate Summit. I had the honour to take part in the presentation and launch of the “Net Zero Carbon Events Pledge”. Unfortunately, I could not travel to be in Glasgow in person and had to give my comments remotely from Hong Kong, even though I personally felt the importance of this moment. Think about it – a group of leaders from our industry: organisers, venues, suppliers. From all around the wo [...]

By | 2021-12-07T13:24:20+00:00 December 3rd, 2021|All, Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

5 Trends to watch in 2022

These are “in between” times. After a catastrophic 2020, our industry saw more reason to be hopeful in 2021. This year, we saw markets starting to re-open around the world - but not the full reopening we had hoped for, as we continue to be challenged by new waves and new variants of COVID. We are still facing an outlook of “stop and go” for show organisers – the most difficult situation possible for our industry. But as we head towards the end of the year, we have passed a remarkable tipping poi [...]

Update from the CEO: November 2021

Dear colleagues, I am just back from Rotterdam, from this year’s Global Congress. What a week this has been! You will find updates and brief summaries throughout this edition of UFI Info, so I will not summarise the sessions, decision, or discussions here. What I want to share is the fact that, in the end, and despite all pandemic challenges and complications, we were a 350 people strong UFI community coming together face-to-face at the Ahoy Convention Centre, and that we indeed all felt the pow [...]

By | 2021-11-09T16:07:07+00:00 November 8th, 2021|Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

UFI President’s Letter November 2021

Dear colleagues and friends, This is my first column as UFI President and it’s a real honour to have the opportunity to write to you all here. I hope you have enjoyed the UFI Congress ‘Together Again’ – a fitting title for this first physical UFI Congress for two years! The UFI team has overcome all sorts of challenges to make it happen. But of course, this is what our industry is very good at! I was disappointed not to be in Rotterdam with you all, and I hope it won’t be long before we can all [...]

By | 2021-11-09T16:07:21+00:00 November 8th, 2021|Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

New Business Opportunities Taking off in Thailand. The Sky is Yours!

At present, Thailand is all set to welcome worldwide travelers to our Sandbox provinces now with reduced quarantine nights. And recently, Thailand has warmly opened arms for *fully vaccinated foreign arrivals with pre-flight negative test results from 46 countries, including China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, UAE, UK, USA just to name a few, to enter the Kingdom by air without mandatory quarantine, from this 1 November onwards. The list will be expanded from [...]

By | 2021-10-29T07:03:01+00:00 October 27th, 2021|Asia – Pacific, Exhibition Industry, UFI Diamond Sponsors|0 Comments

The Pandemic Story & Reopen of Canada’s largest venue, Exhibition Place

Laura Purdy, GM of Toronto, Canada’s Exhibition Place (an UFI member) is unable to attend the UFI Global Congress this year. Ahead of the Updates from Around the World panel discussion, we spoke to her about the pandemic, becoming a film studio and (at last!) reopening. Laura, you are the GM of the largest exhibition center in Canada. How did your organization weather the pandemic closures? In the summer of 2020, we learned that the pandemic shutdown of our industry would be extended for several [...]