The Hi-LED 55+, Aluvision’s newest LED innovation, has just been launched and has already received its first prestigious, world-renowned award. The iF Design Award is a symbol of outstanding design achievements that focuses on the innovative power of design. The brand new LED tile is the most flexible and creative LED tile on the market.
Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) has renewed a five-year strategic partnership agreement with Agility’s Fairs and Events, a division of Agility Global Integrated Logistics. This MoU will continue to enhance ADNEC’s service offering to exhibitors and event organisers with a full range of logistics and freight forwarding services.
S. Balasubramanian Pillai, executive director & COO, Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers’ Association (IMTMA) and Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC) was elected as the president of Indian Exhibition Industry Association (IEIA) at the 13th Annual General Meeting of IEIA held in Mumbai on 16th December 2019.
Continued growth including again record results for many EMECA members was reported during its General Assembly held at Viparis, Porte de Versailles. A good level of investments into infrastructure and digitalisation persists. Besides, all members continue broaden their offer and to increase their sales in services.
The markets are currently experiencing trends that are stimulating new business opportunities that demand a bespoke occasion for in-depth analysis and discussions for professional operators in the sectors involved.
The Scandinavian Exhibition Group has recently acquired the majority in one of the leading PCO (Professional Congress Organizer) companies in Scandinavia – Meetagain Conferences. The acquisition means that the Group now strengthens its position as a full service provider for exhibition and congress organizers and becomes one of the leading companies in the industry sector in Scandinavia.
Following a successful seven-year partnership, Agility, a leading global logistics provider, has been awarded an extended contract by ExCeL London exhibition and international convention center to continue being their venue preferred logistics partner.
UFI, the global association of the exhibition Industry, has recently welcomed Justine Evans as the new marketing and communications manager to the UFI team in Paris. Justine takes over the role from Monika Fourneaux-Ceskova who managed UFI’s marketing and communications activities for the past year and a half, and who has relocated to Dubai.
Agility, a leading global logistics provider, has promoted Priscilla Leong to be chief executive of Agility Fairs & Events, one of the world’s top exhibition forwarding specialists. Leong, COO of Agility Fairs & Events since 2011, will oversee all aspects of the business globally and continue to serve as regional director of its operations in Asia-Pacific.
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. One of the key findings is a weaker first half of 2019 in terms of revenue growth compared to 2018, but there is still an overall positive trend for the year in relation to revenue.
The newly elected IELA Board of Management (BOM) proudly confirms three women leaders in the exhibition logistics industry among its members: Mariane Ewbank, former IELA chairwoman 2016-2018, Priscilla Leong and Sandi Trotter, both new members elected for 2019-2021.
UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, is pleased to announce that the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited (“HML”) is the winner of the UFI Sustainable Development Award 2019. HML is the professional private management and operating company responsible for providing day-to-day management for the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (“HKCEC”).
In the beautiful view of Yanqi Lake in Beijing, from 2 to 4 July, Expo Project Fair for International Cooperation 2019 (EPFIC 2019) will be held under the theme of “Connectivity for MICE Cooperation”. Organized by New Expo International Media Group, EPFIC is a B2B event for the global MICE and exhibition industry, and it has been successfully organized by 8 sessions. Since its launch, it has welcomed about 13,000 industry professionals from China and about 53 countries and regions.
From 15 to 17 May, Europe's trade fair experts will meet in the UK’s second-largest metropolis. The focus will be on the organisers and how to handle changing framework conditions.
Training is not only key in creating efficient service processes, but also in boosting business.Since 2002 IELA has qualified over 200 logistics specialists for future tasks in the industry. An educational programme is essential in order to receive unique training on the subject of exhibition and events logistics. IELA held its 9th edition of the biennial IELA Winter Seminar from January 16th to 20th 2019 in Zurich.
UFI, the global association for the exhibition industry, has released the latest edition of its flagship “Global Exhibition Industry Barometer research”, taking the pulse of the industry, and reporting global and regional trends as well as a total of 19 market profiles, including – for the first time: Japan.
Reed Exhibitions, a division of Relx Group, has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Mack Brooks Exhibitions in a move that will add an outstanding line-up of industry-leading brands to its global portfolio. It also promises access to innovation and new value in both face-to-face and digital formats for the more than 175,000 Mack Brooks customers around the world.
The owner of Nice Events Scandinavia, together with co-operation partners, has founded the new holding company the Scandinavian Exhibition Group. The Group’s mission is to offer top class, leading face-to-face and digital meetings to the Scandinavian business community.
2018 will again be a very good year for the major exhibition centres in Europe with revenue growth for nearly all Members. At the recent EMECA General Assembly held at Fira Barcelona, members gave positive feedback about their trade fairs in 2018, many even prepare for record results.
The exhibition by dmg events will host over 200 exhibitors, live product demonstrations, and 40+ free-to-attend education workshops from 24–26 September 2018 at the Doha Exhibition & Convention Centre. Dmg events Doha announce support from H.E. Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalaifa Al Thani The Prime Minister and Minister of Interior to The Big 5 Qatar.
2018 has become a memorable year for the exhibition and business events industry around the world – with much of the attention on M&A, on changing event formats or “festivalisation”, and on a changing global landscape. As every year, the UFI team has used our association’s Global Congress as well as many separate conversations all around the world to isolate and identify the core themes that we feel will impact the global exhibition industry in 2019. So today, let me share with you “UFI’s 5 trends to watch in 2019”:
By Kai Hattendorf, UFI CEO
1. Shifting trade patterns and a jittery global economy
Amidst a climate of political tension, protectionism and false news globally, economic growth is slowing down. The latest IMF forecasts point to rougher times ahead for the global economy, citing protectionism and new tariffs as a major cause. The US/China tariffs alone are calculated to reduce global economic growth by 0.4% in the long-term. Even without this additional burden, growth has become difficult to sustain, especially in the mature exhibition markets: CEIR data shows that, in the U.S. alone, our industry has seen below par growth compared to the U.S. economy as a whole in seven out of the last eight quarters.
It comes as no surprise that, whatever survey you look at, growing numbers of U.S. organisers are looking into doing business outside of their home country. In parallel, 2018 has seen the first ever time when a Chinese organiser has taken a majority share in a trade show outside of China.
We will see players from the two largest domestic markets in the world looking into options abroad. All of this offers new opportunities to partner between organisers from different markets, and to capitalise on joint interests.
2. Digital is everywhere – but it is not everything
Ten years into the mass adaption of social media and the rise of the smartphones, it is time to end the discussion about the role of digitisation in our industry. Today, digital is simply everywhere – on the show floor, in the show manager’s office, in the customer’s exhibition experience. As digital has become as common as electricity, it has become a commodity (just as show security, by the way). The adoption of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) is leading us to a “new normal” in the way that we as an industry are dealing with customer data and are building up the in-house resources to achieve that.
Data handling and data security will be big topics in the future. As show brands around the world increasingly communicate digitally with their customers and communities all year round, data operations will be as relevant as show floor operations.
3. Getting the basics right goes a long way on creating experiences
For many years, the “show” in this very word “show floor” was understood to be about the exhibitors showcasing their products and services. To the millennial and post-millennial generation, however, it is just as much about the “show” that a show organiser puts on around the show floor itself.
“Festivalisation” is a buzzword, and will rightly disappear again. But we are well advised to listen closely to our customers and their call for very personal and individual experiences when they attend an exhibition. As the overlap between tradeshows and congresses/conferences continues to grow, there are opportunities to deliver that – and there is a risk for those who don’t pay attention to these shifting demands.
After polling more than 13,000 show visitors globally for the UFI/Explori Global Visitor Insights, we have a solid understanding of visitors’ changing expectations. Many visitors are reporting “trade show fatigue” (less so in developing markets than in developed markets, and with the highest share – one quarter – in the Americas). Visitors say that their interest in other channels such as online marketplaces and conferences will likely rise significantly relative to trade shows.
Organisers and venues alike are well advised to never forget to deliver excellence in terms of the basics as visitor pain points are surprisingly simple. The top five are: seating, catering, queueing, parking, and quality of the exhibitors. Organisers can go a long way to pleasing visitors by getting these five factors right.
4. Consolidation and collaboration
We have seen an intense level of M&A activity in the past two years - shaking up our industry in the process. In addition, more and better venue space around the world is being built, as UFI’s World Map of Venues shows. In 2019, we are expecting the opening of what is poised to be the world’s largest exhibition venue complex in Shenzhen.
Billions of dollars are flowing into our industry. And all the signs right now are indicating that, despite the less positive economic outlook, our industry remains attractive for investors looking for solid, mid-term returns of their investments.
The mix of players in the industry remains varied: listed companies, publicly owned organiser/venue operator enterprises, family businesses, entrepreneurs and government bodies. The growing number of “out of the industry investors” is driving prices to new heights, but it remains to be seen whether all these bets on growth will be successful. Our industry’s reputation, however, is certainly benefitting from this trend. It is helping our stakeholders to better understand the economic impact that every show, every venue creates every day.
5. Diversity in leadership
If you look at the teams who deliver and grow exhibitions around the world, and who operate venues, you find a broad diversity of skills, nationalities, and qualifications. Slowly but surely, our industry is reflecting this as well in its leadership. We’ve seen a steady flow of senior appointments enriching the diversity of boardrooms over the past two years, adding new voices to the respective tables – most notably women on the one hand, but also hires from outside of the industry. Both of these trends will accelerate, and continue, in 2019 and beyond, to the benefit of our industry. To reduce this discussion to a gender issue alone, however, leaves out a major part – cultures and skills are just as important a part of the mix. As someone recently told me: “When you’re the CEO, the challenges you have to tackle are the same – whether you’re a woman or a man, from Europe, America or Asia, and regardless of the colour of your skin.”
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