German trade fair industry demands concept for re-start

The trade fair industry demands a timely perspective for its new start as a result of the Conference of the Federal States’ Prime Ministers  scheduled for 3 March 2021. Exactly one year ago, the first exhibitions had to be cancelled due to Corona; since the beginning of March 2020, the industry has been at a standstill - with a brief interruption. Part of the re-start is to reclassify exhibitions as business platforms, in accordance with the decision of the federal and state governments on 6 May [...]

By | 2021-03-01T14:30:04+00:00 March 1st, 2021|Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

The European Exhibition Industry welcomes European Council plan to develop digital vaccination certificate, calls upon EU Tourism Ministers to safely restore travel in a coordinated approach. 

Fragmented travel regulations and restrictions within the EU and globally remain a major barrier for international exhibitions and professional events to resume business. Instead, increasing and speeding-up vaccinations combined with cost-effective rapid testing and intelligent tracing solutions will foster both the protection of health and enable travel within Europe and worldwide and to start the economic recovery. EU-wide and globally compatible digital health certificates are a key tool to r [...]

By | 2021-02-26T14:17:51+00:00 February 26th, 2021|All, Europe, Exhibition Industry|0 Comments

On Long-Term Views and Resilience – What the California Redwoods Can Teach Us

In January I went on a road trip to the Northern California Redwoods (USA) located near the Pacific Ocean coast, about a five-hour drive north of San Francisco. For those of you who may be unfamiliar, the Redwoods are some of the oldest living beings on the planet ranging anywhere from 800-1200 years or even more, soaring on average 320 feet or 100 meters tall. Some of the taller trees recorded are in excess of 420 feet, 128 meters. Why am I talking about the California Redwoods? Here’s why: The [...]

All Secure Guidelines

In this taxing and uncertain time, show organisers are going above and beyond to ensure we protect our colleagues, exhibitors, visitors and delegates. We believe when we next meet in organised industry gatherings, our program of enhanced measures will provide all with the assurance and confidence our shows and events have health and safety as our number one priority. The objective of this document is to provide a best-practice guide to industry colleagues who are responsible for organising and d [...]

By | 2021-02-16T11:26:28+00:00 February 16th, 2021|Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

Coming Out Of Your Shell

Mash Media MD Julian Agostini reflects on the shell scheme model after a close encounter with the dog’s dinner… On my daily walk the other day, I narrowly avoided stepping in some dog excrement. And, after my instant irritation at the careless dog owner had subsided, along with the relief that I wouldn’t spend the afternoon hosing off my Italian boots, it occurred to me how unusual accidents of this nature are these days. Certainly, there was a time in my youth that coming home or turning up at [...]

COVID-19 and its Impact on 2020

UFI recently released the impact of COVID-19 on the 2020 global exhibition industry with its 26th Global Barometer. It may be summed up in one word: OUCH! By all accounts, 2020 was a painful year of severe contraction for the industry – down by 68% from 2019’s figures. As one could expect, profits were also down in 2020, ranging from 47% in the Asia-Pacific region and Europe, 50% in North America, to 58% in the Middle East & Africa, and 64% in Central and South America. This latest 191 page [...]

A message from UFI President Anbu Varathan

Dear colleagues, dear friends, We’re just one month into the new year, so let me wish you all the best for 2021 – and to our colleagues in China, with Chinese New Year just ahead, my best wishes for the Year of the Ox. December and January have been dominated by two COVID-19 developments: the approval and international rollout of the first set of vaccines against the virus, and the emergence of a new, more infectious strain, leading to additional lockdowns and travel restrictions in many parts o [...]

European Exhibition Industry Allicance (EEIA) Welcomes EU Council Rapid Anitgen Tests and Vaccination Decisions and Calls for Speedy Implementation

“EEIA welcomes yesterday’s European Council decisions related to rapid antigen tests and vaccinations. Even though the current situation justifies the current restrictions to contain the infections, Europe should prepare as quickly as possible to support and empower free movement of people, especially for business purposes, in a safe and controlled way”, says Barbara Weizsäcker, Secretary General. Strengthening the use of rapid antigen tests and the mutual recognition of COVID-19 test results al [...]

By | 2021-01-22T10:26:37+00:00 January 22nd, 2021|Europe, UFI News|0 Comments

Exhibition Industry Supports Greek Initiative for EU digital Vaccination Certificate & Global solution with IATA Travel Pass

A Position Paper: The Exhibition Industry, is in full support of the Greek initiative for a EU digital vaccination certificate, as well as a Global solution with an IATA travel pass. EU and global travel regulations still major barrier Fragmented and quickly changing travel restrictions and quarantine/test requirements within the EU and globally remain a major barrier for international exhibitions and professional events to resume business. Quarantine days for business travellers have a major im [...]

By | 2021-01-20T17:00:56+00:00 January 20th, 2021|Europe|0 Comments

Takeaways from Part 2 of the UFI-Explori Global Recovery Insights 2020 Study

“Return on Investment (ROI) from digital events is a something 75% of exhibitors are still searching for, although one in four say the ROI is better than face-to-face events,” commented Sophie Holt, Managing Director of Explori, UFI’s research partner about Part 2 of the UFI-Explori Global Recovery Insights Study released late last year. “As the generally lower total cost of exhibiting equates to a lower investment, a lower return might be needed to ‘balance the books.’” Part 1 of the study was [...]