Update from the CEO: April 2022

Dear colleagues, dear UFI members,   Going through the current activities, it struck me this week that, despite all the challenging circumstances around the world, the UFI team is out again in full force, being in touch with you, our members, face to face at shows, industry events, and in meetings – from Argentina to Thailand, and from the US to the UAE, to give just a few examples. From March to May, UFI organizes its regional conferences around the world. While gatherings still look a bit [...]

Update from the CEO: March 2022

Dear colleagues, There is a lot of positive momentum right now regarding our industry’s recovery from the pandemic, even as we are faced with war: the days are getting longer, and spring is just around the corner in the northern hemisphere. At the same time, COVID-19 restrictions across Europe and North America are being rolled back as the Omicron wave has peaked – ending many long, dark months. In most parts of the world, we have markets open again and shows running. When you receive this UFI I [...]

EEIA Position Paper: The European Exhibition Industry calls for immediate adoption of an updated framework to travel from outside the EU that is fit for purpose

The European Exhibition Industry - welcomes European countries’ lifting internal measures and restrictions on international travel - calls for immediate adoption of an updated framework to travel from outside the EU that is fit for purpose - expects coordinated implementation of such a framework across all Member States - once more encourages the Council and all Member States to specifically enable smooth business travel and to protect the safe functioning of the economy and its exhibition platf [...]

By | 2022-02-24T10:48:59+00:00 February 16th, 2022|Europe|0 Comments

Europe’s Exhibition industry reopens: a country-by-country overview

Dare we whisper it, but perhaps we are finally able to see and imagine the beginning of the end, and life after the pandemic. Although the situation remains incredibly difficult for the entire industry, here in Europe there are many reasons to optimistic. More and more countries are announcing the end to coronavirus restrictions, either in part or entirely. Last week alone The Netherlands, Norway and Sweden joined Denmark and the UK in announcing the lifting of restrictions, including the reopen [...]

By | 2022-02-25T09:30:24+00:00 February 11th, 2022|All, Europe, Exhibition Industry, UFI News|0 Comments

In-Person Exhibitions Mean Business to Start-Ups and SMEs for the European Innovation Council

In person trade shows are still one of the best and primary ways for start-up and SMEs to receive feedback, market and sell their products. I sat down to discuss b2b exhibitions and their role in launching new companies and technology during January’s CES 2022 in Las Vegas. (CES is owned by owner the Consumer Technology Association, an UFI member.) Mr. Viorel Peca, Head of Unit, Transition and Business Acceleration Services, European Innovation Council (EIC) described the pavilion companies’ pro [...]

Update from the CEO: February 2022

This month, we are releasing two new editions of UFI’s regular global research projects: The biannual “Global Exhibition Industry Barometer” and the new “World Map of Venues”. Research is one of UFI’s four major lines of activity, as since 2015 we have been able to significantly extend and expand the insights we produce for you, our members. Hundreds of exhibition businesses around the world share insights and data with us twice a year for the barometer. Launched during the financial crisis of 2 [...]

By | 2022-02-01T14:46:06+00:00 January 28th, 2022|Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

Be Continually Embraced upon Your Entry to Thailand. Come Grab Business Opportunities for Your Success as Planned.

Now, your ease of travelling to Thailand is continued as the “Test and Go” measure is set to resume from this 01 February onwards. In particular, exhibitions in Thailand are still poised for physical formats, and TCEB is always ready to offer you our 360-degree supports. Starting from 1 February 2022, Thailand still welcomes you, for it will reactivate the quarantine-free travel scheme, allowing fully vaccinated travelers to be able to enter under the “test and go” measure as long as they take C [...]

By | 2022-01-26T13:42:30+00:00 January 26th, 2022|Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

UFI President’s Letter: February 2022

Dear colleagues, dear friends, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all the best for 2022 and welcome all exhibition industry professionals to the year of the Tiger, which according to the Chinese zodiac, is a sign of courage and power. Omicron is spreading around the world. The strategies on recovering the exhibition industry and travel restrictions imposed by different countries are different. Unfortunately, face-to face learning and sharing is still a challenge for some countries [...]

By | 2022-02-01T14:46:14+00:00 January 25th, 2022|Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

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 [...]