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The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) announced that Hong Kong has won IBTM, one of the world’s leading MICE event brand, to organise its inaugural MICE trade show IBTM Asia Pacific 2025, in Spring 2025 in Hong Kong.
UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry, has launched a dedicated advocacy portal on the UFI website. The portal bundles information and materials on key industry initiatives, highlights relevant industry issues, and profiles partner institutions.
AsiaWorld-Expo (AWE) and Korea International Exhibition Centre (Kintex) have recently signed the “Agreement on Strategic Partnership and Cooperation between AsiaWorld-Expo Management and Korea International Exhibition Centre”.
Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Azman Haji Tambi Chik as the national bureau’s new chief executive officer, effective 20 November 2023.
Following its two resounding successes, first in New Delhi in 2014 and later in Chicago in 2018, World Hindu Congress 2023 with the theme of Jayasya Aayatnam Dharmah, which translates literally into English as “Dharma, the Abode of Victory”.
From November 14 to 16, Heavent Paris ‒ renowned as the exhibition of innovation, solutions and services for tradeshows ‒ takes place in Paris (France).
International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney), managed by ASM Global, has strengthened its commitment to New South Wales (NSW) wine producers.
Representatives from UFI member companies from around the world met in Las Vegas (USA) today to review UFI’s activities throughout 2023 and to confirm plans for the year ahead.
From 29 November to 2 December 2023, Automechanika Shanghai will open for the 18th edition, housing more than 5,300 exhibitors in over 300,000 square metres.
Eco Expo Asia 2023 is jointly organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd and co-organised by the Environment and Ecology Bureau of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).
The EMECA members met at Feria Valencia premises for their autumn General Assembly. The meeting took stock of the current state of the industry.
UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry announced today that it has finalised work on the programme for the upcoming UFI Global Congress this 1-4 November.
Thailand: Impact Exhibition Management has made sustainability a priority for many years to help save the planet. It all starts from the inside out.
Barcelona Bridal Fashion Week (BBFW) , the world's leading bridal fashion event, unveils the campaign for its upcoming edition, inspired by the impact of new technologies on the world and society, and how to face the future positively and optimistically
Exhibition World Bahrain will be hosting the global association of the exhibition industry to hold their annual UFI Expert Day on the 1st of October 2023.
Gastech, the international exhibition and conference for the natural gas, LNG, hydrogen, low carbon solutions, and climate technologies will take place in Houston in 2024, organisers dmg events announced today.
UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry, announced today that registrations for its annual Global Congress are going strong, with participants from more than 50 countries and markets already confirmed to attend.
The shorter second half of the trade fair year has begun: there are a further 110 internationally significant trade fairs scheduled to take place in Germany before the end of the year
ICC Sydney, managed by ASM Global, will welcome the principal advisory body on cultural heritage to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee – the International Council on Monuments and Sites for its 21st General Assembly and Scientific Symposium.
UFI, the global Association of the exhibition industry, welcomed around 500 participants from 50+ countries and regions to its 90th UFI Global Congress in Las Vegas, USA this 1-4 November, for four days of business exchange, content, and networking.
With around 40 percent of participants attending the Congress for the first time, many of them from North America, the event managed to introduce many new industry colleagues to the global community.
Held annually, the UFI Global Congress is the largest and most international gathering of exhibition industry leaders, open exclusively to UFI members as well as members of AIPC, ICCA, and SISO associations. The 90th edition was hosted by the Las Vegas Conventions and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) at the Aria Resort & Casino.
Summarising the event, UFI CEO Kai Hattendorf says: “Despite challenges around the world, the global exhibitions and business events industry is growing to reach new record levels. As we literally go beyond old limits, the Congress was perfectly timed to drive our industry’s conversation and agenda forward. The energy at the event was felt by everyone.”
Commenting on this year’s destination, Hattendorf adds: “Holding the event in the US has been one of many ‘firsts’ for UFI in the past ten years, as our association continues to grow and evolve, and as more and more US businesses have joined, looking to partner and expand into other markets. In addition, ever more organisers are looking to launch and expand show brands into the US. Forging these connections between one market and the global industry is what UFI excels in. In partnering with the LVCVA as our host, we have been able to deliver both a memorable and successful Congress.”
Speakers and content programme
The Congress offered a wide mix of programmes, sessions and exchanges. On the main stage, the first sessions zoomed in on the state of the industry at large, before dealing with the five most relevant industry trends in dedicated strategic sessions in a variety of formats. From the “Exhibition Industry Board Meeting,” to a top-leader conversation as well as to the newly launched “How I see it” talks, delegates could get a multitude of perspectives from top industry leaders.
On Friday, parallel “spotlight sessions” offered hours of operational insights into best practices from across the industry as well as updates on AI applications or advocacy. This year’s group of UFI Next Generation Leaders took the main stage as well to present their take on a new blueprint for the design and development of our industry’s core product – the show floor and its surroundings
The main stage also hosted hours of special programming focusing on the US exhibitions market, welcoming State Senator Julie Pazina who spoke on how to build public and private coalitions to create meaningful impact. On the Xchange stage, event tech businesses and destinations were able to showcase their products and offerings. All Congress sessions will be made available for UFI members and Congress participants on demand to re-watch through the UFI Website in the coming days.
Across many of the sessions, the topic of sustainability stood out as a central challenge for our industry. UFI remains on the forefront of the “Net Zero Carbon Events” Initiative that is hosted and facilitated by the Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC). JMIC ED Alexander Alles gave a status update from the initiative during the Congress.
Welcome to the 2023/24 UFI president
At the close of the Congress, Geoff Dickinson, CEO of dmg events, formally took over the office of UFI president for the year to come. Addressing the global UFI community, Dickinson said: “We need to position ourselves as an industry always striving to be better and an industry that creates platforms for our customers to positively develop and grow their opportunities for a better future. Together we can use our events to continue to be a catalyst for change for a better sustainable inclusive world – this is our purpose as it has been for thousands of years and I am sure for thousands of years to come.”
Dickinson succeeds Michael Duck, executive vice president commercial development, Informa Markets. In 2024, both will serve as part of UFI’s Trio, which includes the incoming, present, and immediately past presidents of the association, along with incoming president Hugh Jones, CEO of RX Global.
A new Term, and a new chapter
The Congress week also included meetings of UFI’s governing bodies. Following the regular elections for chapter, committee, and working group leaderships as well as the elections for the UFI board of directors, the week marked the beginning of their new three-year terms respectively. Reflecting the growing numbers of UFI members based in North America, the association has set up a North America Chapter to serve these members better. UFI now operates five chapters around the world: Asia-Pacific, Central & South America, Europe, Middle East & Africa, and North America. The new chapter got founded under the leadership of Michael Duck as UFI President. A long-time supporter of the chapter idea, he was already involved when UFI opened its first regional chapter more than 20 years ago – called the “Asia/Pacific and Middle East and Africa Chapter“
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