Through COVID-19 and beyond: STB, PCMA and UFI launch white paper to reimagine the future of business events

The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked new challenges for the global business events sector. The Singapore Tourism Board, in partnership with the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and UFI (Global Association of the Exhibition Industry), presents a white paper that outlines how the sector can reimagine its offerings and better future-proof itself through innovation. The impetus for change  In 2020, the global travel and hospitality industry suffered a staggering loss of US$935 bill [...]

By | 2021-06-28T08:10:08+00:00 June 28th, 2021|Exhibition Industry, Exhibition Industry Research|0 Comments

Fira de Barcelona receives the UFI Operations & Services Award 2021

Fira de Barcelona has been awarded the Operations & Services Award 2021 by the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI), the association that brings together the world’s leading trade fair operators. The award recognises the institution’s versatility in dealing with the crisis caused by COVID-19, the return to activity with new digital and hybrid models and the implementation of innovative security measures, as well as the strengthening of links with society and the territory. Wit [...]

France announces re-opening dates for events

The French government has published a timetable for the re-opening of the country related to the COVID pandemic that also foresees when trade shows and business events can be held again: Beginning on June 9, exhibitions and trade fairs can reopen in compliance with a maximum limit of 5,000 people (with health pass) Beginning on June 30, the government states the possibility to hold "any event" that is bringing together more than 1,000 people thanks to a health pass, according to the local health [...]

UFI MEA Conference: First UFI face-to-face event in 2021!

This year’s in-person UFI MEA Conference is, “The focus is equally about case studies, lessons learnt, collaboration and the way forward,” said UFI Regional Director MEA Naji El Haddad. The first UFI face-to-face event takes place Wednesday, May 26 at the Dubai World Trade Center, Dubai, UAE. Naji continued, “All of the speakers will be on the stage. All of the delegates will be in the seats (safely, of course). It’s 100% in person!” Speaking more about the content design of the UFI Middle East [...]

By | 2021-05-03T11:34:23+00:00 April 26th, 2021|Middle East – Africa, UFI News|0 Comments

2021 UFI Asia-Pacific Conference: A Fresh, Topical Perspective for the Future

“The UFI Asia-Pacific Conference is going all digital in 2021 and the content-driven lineup is intentional,” says UFI Asia-Pacific Regional Director Mark Cochrane. Taking place on 20 May, this event is open to both UFI members and non-members. Informa Markets have held a number of in-person events in Asia as well as a bevy of digital events, and keynote speaker Margaret Ma Connolly, President & CEO of Informa Markets in Asia, “will share the Future of Multichannel events and discuss how the [...]

A message from UFI President Anbu Varathan

Dear colleagues, dear friends, Beginning of February, UFI released figures stating the impact of COVID-19 on the global exhibition economy in 2020. COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the exhibition industry all over the world. However, shows are being organised again in safe and secure environments. Hopefully, with the first rollout of vaccines, we will be able to meet again, face-to-face. As I said before, the global economy is expected to see a significant recovery this year. UFI, on its [...]

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

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 [...]