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.
Reed Exhibitions has today announced its commitment to donate $1M over the next five years to selected charity partners around the world who are working to improve inclusivity and diversity in their local communities by supporting social change, fighting injustice and fostering development.
Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau and Thai MICE entrepreneurs reported their successfully participation at IBTM World Virtual 2020. They gained 52 leads and are confident in Thailand’s attractiveness in the European markets.
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The Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Industry Association (HKECIA) welcomes the latest HKSAR Government’s Policy Address recognising the importance of further supporting Hong Kong’s convention and exhibition industry by expanding the capacity of event space in the city.
UFI and Explori are today releasing the second part of the Global Recovery Insights 2020 report. The study was 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.
Reed Exhibitions today released its first ‘Covid-19 and How it’s Changing the Event Industry’ White Paper, highlighting findings from its Covid-19 Customer Needs and Mindset Barometer, the largest and most ambitious research project ever undertaken by the company.
Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) and Thailand Incentive and Convention Association (TICA) are raising the idea of an Asia Convention Alliance to revive international conventions in Asia. The idea was put forward following an industry mapping exercise undertaken jointly by TCEB and TICA. The proposed founding members of the alliance are China, Japan, Korea, Thailand and Taiwan and the proposed theme is ‘Asia Convention for Asia’.
Around 700 UFI members from more than 50 countries and regions attended the 87th UFI Global Congress, which took place online from 16 to 19 November.
Following a series of well attended physical trade and consumer exhibitions in October, another four trade fairs were held successfully at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) during 11 - 13 November 2020.
UFI is very pleased to announce the results of the elections for the new UFI Board of Directors for the 2020 – 2023 mandate.
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.
Confidence will remain a key issue - reassuring customers and visitors
that business events can be operated in a controlled environment which
adheres to local regulations and policies, and which can minimize
associated health risks. Early indicators from events that have been
successfully held around the world support this argument and will
bolster the industry as markets emerge from lockdown restrictions.
To support this, we are pleased to announce the publication of the: “Good Practice Guide: addressing Covid-19 requirements for re-opening business events – version 2” produced jointly by AIPC, the International Association of Convention Centres, ICCA, the International Convention and Congress Association and UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry.
The Guide builds on the first report published in May and includes 12 mini case-studies and learnings from events which successfully too place during July and August around the world. It follows the series of Covid-19 related publications by the three associations and it is being shared with the respective memberships. It continues to support their work to create conditions and safeguards that will enable the smooth reopening of their activities while observing the needs and expectations of relevant governments and health authorities.
This Guide complements three earlier publications which were produced and distributed in March, April and May of this year: “As demonstrated over the last few months, providing a framework and resources like this Guide are of critical importance when it comes to successfully re-opening for organised events”, said AIPC president Aloysius Arlando. “This updated version includes lessons learnt from our members across our global community and some great examples of colleagues who have successfully re-opened for business and are happy to share their experiences with the entire industry. Once again, the G3 proves its strength in collaboration to provide our communities with pertinent information and good case studies that will serve as useful references for us to move to a post-Covid world.”
“Collaboration and knowledge sharing are the most important drivers of success during challenging times. Our whole industry is built on the premise that coming together for great content and education improves organisations – it is therefore vital we demonstrate that through our own work and our own efforts to minimise the impact of Covid-19 on our sector and emerge stronger than ever. This guide highlights some of the leading ideas and success stories across our industry in recent months.
It is a reflection of hard work and perseverance in the face of real difficulties and I recommend it to colleagues around the world. In particular, the case studies show a variety of different approaches and creative ideas to ensure events continue to be a success for all involved. There is something here for everyone, no matter what role they play in the delivery of conferences, congresses and events.” said ICCA president James Rees.
“Exhibitions and indeed the entire events industry have been among the worst affected by the pandemic. One of the first industries to be shut down in March, many parts of the world are yet to open their doors again. However, getting the green light to open our doors and reopen our events is only the first hurdle we are facing. We need to reassure our visitors and customers that they can be confident in coming to our events, to meet face to face and rebuild their businesses. As a face-to-face industry we always put the safety of our visitors first, and this Guide shows the many ways that as an industry we are working to implement the very best practices to achieve that,” said Mary Larkin, UFI president, and president of Diversified Communications USA.
As with previous Guides, this latest publication has been created as a collaborative project amongst different parts of the overall industry. It has been developed through the direct, practical experiences and expertise of members that are dealing with the impacts on a day-to-day basis, and the three association Presidents acknowledged this invaluable contribution to the relevance of the content.
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