Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has unveiled its Operational Plan for fiscal year 2021 (FY2021) aimed at lifting Thailand’s meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) industry out of crisis and strengthening the industry’s fundamentals for sustainability.
UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry, confirms that this year’s Global Congress will be a digital-only event, taking place from 16 to 19 November. The event’s main theme is “Resilience”.
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited ("HML") today said it welcomes the announcement that the Hong Kong SAR Government will launch the Convention and Exhibition Industry Subsidy Scheme (“Subsidy Scheme”) on 3rd October 2020.
UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry, is pleased to announce the two congress hosts of the physical congress locations. The two on-site events will be hosted by Dubai World Trade Center (UAE) and by MCH Group (Switzerland).
An increasing number of markets around the world have begun to reopen business events with varying Covid-19 protocols in place. While some cities in China are now operating full calendars, increasing number of exhibitions and live events are taking place in Europe, the Middle East and North and South America. Despite the necessity to shift to digital only events in recent months, numerous studies have shown that companies are eager to return to meeting face-to-face at live events as their preferred marketing channel to reconnect with customers and suppliers and rebuild their businesses following the pandemic.
Shenzhen World, the largest trade fair venue globally, has successfully hosted the Shenzhen International Furniture Exhibition, which took place from August 20 until 23. With the gradual reopening of the exhibition business in China by the central Government many venues have restarted operations. To date, however, most shows have seen significant reductions in size and attendance.
The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has unveiled a new support scheme to help organisers of international tradeshows in Thailand get back to business in the wake of Covid-19.
The German economy is currently experiencing considerable declines in sales due to the corona pandemic. Investments and private purchases are often postponed or even cancelled. At the same time, the trade fair industry, otherwise the most important instrument of business-to-business communication, has difficulties getting back on track, partly because many exhibiting companies are now asking themselves: do we rely on trade fair participation to get our own business going? Or do we rather prefer waiting until the industry recovers, because then the success of the trade fair will probably be greater and other basic conditions will have improved?
UFI and Explori are today releasing new findings from the ongoing “Global Recovery Project” research. The study programme is conducted by live events research specialists, Explori in partnership with UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry and supported by SISO, the Society for Independent Show Organizers.
The Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Industry Association (“HKECIA” and “the Association”) presented results of the latest member survey “Impact of Covid-19 to Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Industry” (“Survey”) to representatives of Commerce and Economic Development Bureau, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (“HKSAR”) on 11 August 2020 and urged the authority to provide more support to help Hong Kong exhibition and convention industry ride out Covid-19 storm.
The event will once again bring enormous impact in developing Malaysia’s business events tourism sector. Brought to you by Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), MBEW will take place on 24 and 25 August 2020 at the World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur.
IELA’s recovery programme IELA Reload was a real Incubator of ideas for the future, spreading the fighting spirit to empower IELA members to succeed in the New Now, anticipating & rebounding by limiting losses and boosting strengths in profitable service areas. Launched on May 4th 2020, the programme had four pillars: E-Learning sessions – Regional IELA Talks – Recovery Talks and Rediscover of Tools.
The UFI presidential trio for the 2020/21 term will therefore comprise of: Monica Lee-Müller (managing director of Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited (HML), Hong Kong), incoming president Anbu Varathan (Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers’ Association - IMTMA, India), president 2020/21 Mary Larkin (Diversified Communications, Portland, USA), outgoing president
Dmg events, organiser of the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC), and with the support of its strategic partner and host, the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), has announced that the ADIPEC Strategic and Technical Conference will take place virtually between November 9 and 12, 2020.
UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, has released the latest edition of its flagship Global Barometer research, which takes the pulse of the industry. The report highlights the severe impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the exhibition industry worldwide. Globally, 85% of companies declared their overall level of activity was “normal” in January. This quickly dropped to 15% in March, to reach between 5% and 6% in April, May and June. For both April and May, 73% of companies worldwide declared “no activity”.
For months now, the trade show and event industry is on lock down. First steps into a “Corona-normal” are done with solutions like Hybr.id Space a showroom which is connecting onsite and online to a “phygital” marketplace. Using this innovative space shows even more: People are looking for face2face meetings, the need of running trade shows gets touchable.
Collaboration and a United Voice are key in the Advocacy work that is needed to be done. Being among one of the first economies to be shut down and now one of the last to be activated, IELA Reload invited with great interest a panel discussion from Africa to give their insight on the situation in their region in the event and exhibition industry.
The EMECA association, which represents the European major exhibitions centres, alerts on the urgency of their reopening and calls for strong financial support from European and national public authorities to ensure the survival and the economic recovery of an entire industry.
The 5th edition of Global Exhibitions Day (GED) 2020 spread the message “exhibitions are key to rebuilding economies” across the globe. From videos to meetings with policy makers, webinars to hybrid events, webcast to social campaigns, bingo, cakes, virtual running parties, and more, people and organisations from at least 114 countries/regions got involved in GED 2020.
The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) is ready to welcome events back to Hong Kong. With a series of preventive measures in place, the HKCEC welcomed the city's first exhibition since the Covid-19 pandemic. The 98th Hong Kong Wedding Fair, a three-day local consumer exhibition rescheduled from February, was held successfully during 22-24 May, attracting soon-to-weds and couples for wedding products and services.
From 19 to 21 August, the 10th Expo Project Fair for International Cooperation （Nanjing）2020 (EPFIC 2020) was successfully held in Nanjing Air-hub International Expo Center. The theme of this event was "ten years of dream building, rise in water". It was co-organized by the People's Government of Lishui District of Nanjing City, China International Conference and Exhibition Magazine Agency. The event made great breakthrough and remarkable achievements in the aspects of the number of participants and trade effect.
reached highest of all editions
According to statistics, the total number of EPFIC 2020 participants reached a new level compared with last year and welcomed 1300 people, including nearly 300 trade visitors (mobile exhibition organizers) invited by the Organizing Committee. During the 3-day event, a total of 20 parallel activities were held, and 7 sought-after annual reports of the exhibition industry were released. After 10 years of accumulation, EPFIC has gained high popularity and reputation at home and abroad, attracting many exhibition bureaus, exhibition associations and exhibition enterprises from across the country to participate. Nanjing, Changsha, Hangzhou, Xiamen, Yiwu, and other exhibition cities participated as groups, demonstrating the brand attraction and outstanding industry appeal of EPFIC.
High-quality speeches at the opening
Chu Xiangyin, executive vice president of China Convention and Exhibition Society, was invited to moderate the opening ceremony. Zhang Decai, vice governor of Lishui District People's Government of Nanjing City, and Zhao Wei, president of New Expo International Media Co., Ltd., delivered opening speeches. During the opening ceremony, the greeting videos from foreign exhibition industry representatives were also shown to all attendees. Due to the limitation caused by the epidemic, many foreign guests could not come to the 10th EPFIC in person, but some international guests such as Mary Larkin, president of UFI; Marco Spinger, international marketing director of AUMA; Aloysius Arlando, president of AIPC, and others also sent videos to express their opinions and suggestions on the International Convention and exhibition situation. At the same time, they also congratulated the 10th birthday of EPFIC.
Ms. Zhang Dongyun of China Foreign Trade Center, on behalf of Xu Bing, vice president of China Foreign Trade Center (Group), delivered a keynote speech on "Daring to take the lead in leading the innovation and development of China's exhibition industry". Wu Zhijian, director of the Convention and Exhibition Office of Lishui District People's Government of Nanjing; David Dubois, president and CEO of IAEE; Song Kexin, vice president of Tencent Cloud Exhibition, and Wan Tao, CEO of the 31 conference, delivered keynote speeches, covering topics such as the crisis and opportunities of the exhibition industry, smart exhibition reform after the epidemic, and online exhibition under the new normal. EPFIC 2020 was strongly supported by many leaders in the exhibition industry, the they shared on hot industry topics through forum speeches, keynote speeches or dialogues, providing industry colleagues with insight into the future.
City leaders explore the new development pattern of exhibition cities
In an important seminar of EPFIC 2020 - "High end forum for leading exhibition cities", with the theme of "protecting and stabilizing the exhibition economy", 38 government exhibition bureaus from 24 cities were invited to attend the symposium. The leaders of the cities generally believed that although the industry suffered a major blow due to the epidemic situation, all cities should fully support the resumption of the exhibition and the meeting. Under the new normal of the epidemic situation, all cities will orderly carry out and strengthen the guidance of the exhibition industry, learn from each other's experiences, share information, take active action, actively respond to the call of the Central Government, make joined efforts to boost market confidence and empower the industry. Following the fine traditions of previous years, EPFIC 2020 also featured several parallel forums to help participants to discuss industry trends.
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