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

Message from UFI President Mary Larkin – November 2020

It is hard to believe that a year has passed since I accepted the role of President of UFI during the 2019 Congress in Bangkok.  And what a year it has been!  As I write my final column as President, I marvel at how the industry has come together in a time of crisis and is ensuring that we will come out of this pandemic stronger and better than before. As we entered a new decade, we had no idea what was going to hit our industry.  During the CEO Summit in Rome in February, the discussion around [...]

Meet the 2020 NGL Grant Recipients!

I had a chance to speak with the 2020 NGL Grant recipients earlier this month. For those of you who haven’t heard of it before, it’s UFI’s program to promote the next generation of leadership in the exhibition industry. It rewards young professionals who show clear initiatives in driving change and innovation in their area of activity. Spread over 18 months, the recipients traditionally have presented a session at the UFI Global Congress and are then assigned volunteer mentors (high level exhibi [...]