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

How Vaccine Inequities Are Hurting International Events

Could successful vaccine rollouts in countries with strong domestic markets for trade shows and other events put a damper on resuming international events? While event executives are optimistic about a rebound in international travel, they also see factors favoring a greater shift toward local and regional events. How will successful vaccine rollouts in countries with strong domestic markets impact decisions to once again hold or attend international events? Is there likely to be a significant a [...]

By | 2021-07-13T15:34:04+00:00 July 13th, 2021|Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

SISO/UFI Deeper Dive: Case Study on Las Vegas Market

394 = the number of days from March 13, 2020 to April 11, 2021. That marks the time from the last trade show in Las Vegas since the pandemic to the first gathering of more than 250 people in the city that many would argue is the convention capital of the world. CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020 ended one day early in Las Vegas on Friday, March 13, due to growing concerns about COVID-19. Later that afternoon, U.S. President Donald J. Trump shut down the country for those very same reasons. The triennial show, [...]

By | 2021-07-12T09:31:48+00:00 July 8th, 2021|Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

The 2021 Global Industry Performance Review (GIPR): Executive Summary

Macroeconomic and exhibition industry performance Global GDP is expected to rise by 6% in 2021, rebounding from a drop of -3.3% in 2020. The global economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic is asymmetric: China is the only major economy which grew in 2020 and which will return to pre-crisis levels in 2021, with the US recovering the quickest among Western states. Inflation is picking up in the post-pandemic recovery from persistently low levels. At the same time, Covid has accelerated the ris [...]

By | 2021-07-06T12:52:56+00:00 July 6th, 2021|Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

TCEB Optimistic for Thai Exhibitions through Its 5-Year Roadmap.

On the occasion of Global Exhibitions Day (GED) on June 2, 2021, Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) joined forces with Thai Exhibition Association (TEA) to celebrate this world’s annual significant event, as well as to re-invigorate Thai exhibition industry and to revitalise national economy, with stringent measures to bring back vaccinated international exhibitors and visitors by the second half of the year, in line with the government’s reopening plan, especially the “Sandbox Mod [...]

By | 2021-07-06T12:52:38+00:00 June 29th, 2021|Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Africa|0 Comments

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