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 [...]

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

Mentoring within the UFI Programme

Lou Kiwanuka, The Shaper Group, The Ops Nest I was delighted to be asked to be part of the UFI Leadership Programme earlier this year, and even more delighted when I found out that my mentee, Erika, was pregnant with her 2nd child - what more privilege can you get than being part of someone’s preparation for a new life!? As with most life situations, our challenge was to configure a plan so that Erika could get the most out of our mentoring programme in the time we had. There is no doubt that th [...]

By | 2021-09-03T08:48:43+00:00 September 2nd, 2021|All, Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

Event Refresh and Event Sales – Re-freshen your event ideas!

An interview with the Co-Creators of Event Refresh and Event Sales, Frazer Chesterman FM Future and Paul Streeter PSJ Training who will be delivering two exciting new courses in the Autumn as part of the UFI certified professional programme. Who are you and what is your background? Frazer : I have both have around 25 plus years working in the exhibition and events industries, mostly launching and running shows in various markets from events for PA’s, events for exhibiting, to professional traini [...]

By | 2021-09-06T07:45:08+00:00 September 1st, 2021|All, Americas, Asia – Pacific, Education, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

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