As global economies look for opportunities to rebuild business in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, exhibition organisers and associations from around the world are joining together to form a coalition dedicated to bringing critical live event platforms back to market, with safety at the foundation of the collaborators’ approach.
Sonia Thomas, ex-chief operations officer of UFI, the global association of the exhibition Industry, will join jwc GmbH as senior consultant 1st May 2021 onwards.
The TFI team wishes you a Happy Easter 2021.
“European Exhibition Industry Alliance (EEIA) welcomes the European Commission’s legislative proposal to create a Digital Green Certificate to resume safe travel in the EU. We now call upon the European Parliament and the Member States to ensure its quick approval and its swift technical implementation. We also expect that it will be interoperable with other international systems to facilitate travel on a global scale”, says Barbara Weizsäcker, secretary general.
As global sourcing becomes increasingly digitalised in the wake of the pandemic, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is debuting the HKTDC International Sourcing Show, a trade exhibition held in both online and physical formats, to help businesses adjust to the new sourcing model. The online section of the show begins tomorrow (17 March).
As the second most important economic engine of Madrid, Ifema is renowned for its capacity to boost employment and wealth. It is getting ready to start working at full capacity after a year of forced inactivity apart from some virtual events, and some hybrid meetings, such as the MBFWMadrid fashion show.
Bespoke education and insights designed for different audiences within the business events community is set to be launched by the IMEX Group. Specialist programmes for corporate, association and agency buyers launch in April while general sessions, which are open to all, start this month (March).
Global Exhibitions Day (GED) recognises the important role that trade exhibitions play in driving economies throughout the world. The Covid-19 pandemic has had significantly detrimental, and potentially lasting, effects on the global economy, across nearly all business sectors and regions. Exhibitions have traditionally played a role in bolstering and growing economic sectors, but this year they will play a new role – rebuilding and recovering communities.
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited (HML) has launched Harbour Studio, a brand-new facility at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) for online and virtual events.
As an international association, IFES (International Federation of Exhibition and Event Services) gets insights into many trade fairs markets worldwide. For this global outlook, Justin Hawes, president of IFES & MD of Scan Display (South Africa) talked to IFES members from 5 continents.
The organic food and natural and organic personal care products community came together for their annual sector gathering on 17-19 February 2021.
UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry, is pleased to announce an agreement which will see Eventmaker become a dedicated software partner of the association.
During these challenging times, education is a crucial element in getting ready for the “New Now” and the restart of events in 2021. On January 28th, IELA launched a new agenda of online events to support its membership. It kicked off with the 2021 Online IELA Winter Seminar from January 28th to February 2nd, organised by the IELA Education & Training Programme Working Group (E&T WG).
Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) brings forth the inaugural Thailand MICE Virtual Expo on February 24 to 25, 2021, matching 30 local exhibitors with international MICE industry players.
Malaysia’s status as Asia’s preferred destination for business events has been recognised at the 13th China MICE Industry Golden Chair Awards as the country has been awarded as No. 4th Most Expected MICE Destination for the year 2020. Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) is truly honoured to be conferred the award presented by MICE Industry Golden Chair Awards for the 5th consecutive year.
UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry, has appointed Marie-Laure Bellon as its next chief operating officer. Currently the CEO and general manager at French exhibition organiser Eurovet, she will join UFI on 1 March, and work out of the organisation’s headquarters in Paris.
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. Results highlight the severe impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the exhibition industry worldwide, in 2020. There are also positive signs regarding a quick recovery in 2021.
European Exhibition Industry Alliance (EEIA) welcomes yesterday’s European Council decisions related to rapid antigen tests and vaccinations.
Exhibition organisers and venue operators state that service providers have a relatively high impact on overall event success. This is a core finding from the first edition of the new Industry Partners Benchmark Survey, released by UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry.
Intensive B2B networking and many-faceted market insights: Bau Online’s offering proved to be an important anchor point for the construction industry in turbulent times. 247 exhibitors offered digital live presentations and one-on-one conversations.
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 IELA Talks focused firstly on the situation of members by region, moving
then to the next step of the comprehensive global industry approach by
addressing the most important current topic: Winning Confidence
Back. IELA invited key industry partners to
join, participate and exchange on their experience and possible solutions strategies. IELA held these
regional talks to reinforce the connection between stakeholders of the industry
and its partners. By giving a voice to all concerned, considerable local
awareness can be boosted to identify viable solutions during this critical
time. The general outcome:
- Communication between Venues, Organisers and Logistics Suppliers is paramount for safe & secure shows.
- Collaboration is the major tool in combatting Covid-19.
- A united front is imperative in order to bring the industry out stronger than ever from this crisis.
The ten Recovery Talks highlighted particular content to support the IELA membership in implementing successful and effective business measures in order to navigate through the shutdown and rebound periods. The goal of IELA was not only to overcome this global health and economic crisis as a unified association, but to emerge from the experience even stronger than before and with greater solidarity from both an individual perspective as well as with regard to its network.
Sandi Trotter, TWI Group Inc. (Canada), Canada, IELA Reload Global Brainstorming Captain, resumed “The IELA Reload programme provides us with energy and positivity and promotes us all to take whatever action we can in these times. Providing education, information sharing and support. There is no definitive recipe for this unprecedented situation, but together we are working to make a difference and come back stronger.”
Our industry is fully prepared and ready for September. Trade shows are safe places and act as motors to boost economic recovery. Very important is that trade shows have been officially differentiated from general mass events and mass gatherings. It is now clear that exhibitions are controllable happenings overseen by responsible professionals. With strict sanitary protocols in place and all partners collaborating closer than ever before, the restart is now dependent on developments with travel bans and the pandemic evolution in the next weeks/months.
With the goal in mind of emerging from this experience even stronger than before and with greater solidarity from both an individual perspective as well as with regard to its network, IELA will continue to accompany its members closely and reinforce its IELA Reload programme. Each member has their own strengths and market characteristics and is responsible for adapting and extending their strategic approach to find a tailor-made business solution according to their needs. Keeping updated and exchanging information on a regular basis will be key in the decision-making process. IELA Reload Brainstorming sessions and discussions, together with extensive research information being made available, will support members in tackling the next stages in the economic rebound which is approaching and maybe just around the corner.
Based on the impressive level of positive feedback from the entire industry and the fact that 99% of the members who participated in the first edition of IELA Reload requested to continue with this invigorating members-only benefit tool, IELA will therefore return with a second edition of the programme after the holiday season. As an association, IELA looks forward to witnessing once again the dynamism and adaptability of its members who have proven that working as a united force can act as a tool to help overcome tough situations by encouraging a solution-oriented environment.
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