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.
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”:
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.
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.
UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry, released the 14th edition of its Trade Fair Industry in Asia annual report, covering 17 markets including Greater China and Southeast Asian markets, Japan, Korea, India, Pakistan, Australia, Cambodia and Myanmar. The report provides complete data on these regions up to 31 December 2017, with additional figures and commentary on likely trends for the following year.
UFI, the global association for the exhibition industry, has released the latest edition of its flagship Global Barometer research, taking the pulse of the industry.
From 25-27th June 2018, the 8th Expo Project Fair for International Cooperation (EPFIC 2018), the leading B2B negotiation event for promoting the cooperation of the global exhibition industry, was held successfully in Hangzhou International Expo Center, Hangzhou, China. The event was co-organized by Hangzhou MICE Industry Coordination Office and China International Conference and Exhibition Magazine Agency. The theme was “Globalization·Interconnection·Create new heights of convention and exhibition”. This year, the event reached historical high in terms of B2B docking effect, participants number, and the level of internationalization.
Born from China’s high-profile Belt and Road Initiative, which will benefit over 63% of the world’s population in over 70 countries, including China, ASEAN, the Middle East, and Central and Eastern Europe, AsiaWorld-Expo is pleased to welcome the inaugural “Belt and Road International Food Expo” in June 2018.
On occasion of UFI’s Global Exhibitions Day, the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC) has adjusted the lighting of its roof sun-wells to reflect the name of the event (GED18).
Stable growth for all and best 2017 figures ever for some are the impressively good news reported at the EMECA general assembly celebrated at Deutsche Messe in Hanover. Economies in European countries that have suffered most during the crisis are back with steady growth rates which is reflected in the results of the EMECA members in these countries.
The decision was made at the board meeting during the UFI European Conference in Verona (Italy). It becomes effective at the conclusion of the 85th UFI Global Congress, which runs from 31 October to 3 November 2018 in St. Petersburg.
From May 15 till May 17, 2018, a key exhibition event in the field of event industry and incentive tourism, Imex 2018, where market professionals from 150 countries take part on an annual basis, will be held in Frankfurt. For the first time Russia will be represented at Imex with a collective stand Russia Open To The World, organised by the Russian Convention Bureau.
As a leading B2B negotiation event for promoting the cooperation of global exhibition industry, the 8th Expo Project Fair for International Cooperation (EPFIC 2018) will be held from 25-27 June 2018 in Hangzhou International Expo Center, Zhejiang, China. Currently, registration is being filled quickly and a line up of industry VIPs from renown global exhibition associations and exhibition companies have confirmed to be speaking guests at this scale event.
On Thursday the first edition of destinASEAN held at Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE) in BSD City/Jakarta closed its doors.
UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry, serves over 50,000 employees of exhibition organisers, venues, service providers, and industry associations in close to 90 countries around the world. To foster and manage the dialogue with this global membership, the exhibition industry as a whole, and industry stakeholder groups, UFI has recently welcomed Monika Fourneaux-Ceskova as the new marketing and communications manager to the UFI team in Paris. Monika takes over the role from Angela Herberholz who has managed UFI’s marketing and communications activities for the past three years, and who is taking on a new position within UFI as programme manager.
The Durban International Convention Centre (Durban ICC) is pleased to announce the promotion of Scott Langley to the role of marketing, sales and events director.
The second edition of the “Exhibition Industry EU Dialogue” organised on 21st February 2018 by the European Exhibition Industry Alliance (EEIA) in Brussels was again a success. Over 50 participants from all over Europe gathered for a day of policy insights, open discussions, advocacy work and political networking.
UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, has named Nick Savage as the association’s new Regional Manager for the Middle East-Africa region. With his appointment, the regional UFI office will relocate to Dubai, and will be hosted by the Info Salons Group.
Aluvision, a leading producer, developer and worldwide distributor of the renowned, original Aluvision frame system for the exhibit industry, presents the latest addition to their wide range at ISE 2018 in Amsterdam: the LED tile 55 P2. The seamless combination of the well-known Aluvision Omni-55 frames with these next generation LED tiles offers the best of both worlds: brilliant visual experience and easy, toolless installation.
Kuehne + Nagel and Deutsche Messe AG are set to continue their successful partnership. Kuehne + Nagel will remain an official logistics service provider to one of Germany's largest trade fair organiser until at least 2027 and will use a traffic management system to optimise trade fair traffic.
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.
EMECA president Claude
Membrez (CEO Palexpo Geneva) explains: “This is a general trend, even for
those with weaker years in 2018 due to the cycle of their exhibitions. What
may be highlighted is that both Italy and Spain are fully back to normal
business and are successfully implementing and hosting trade fairs and other
events.” In addition, innovation continues with a solid number of new
exhibitions planned 2019 both at the home venues and abroad. These include
own developments, partnerships as well as m&a. On the other hand,
external challenges by trade conflicts, tariffs, political insecurities and
currency volatility increase and may become a risk to the very international
business of the EMECA Members – both at home and in the respective regions in
The investment level stays high. Maintenance works, refurbishments of halls, parking and logistics as well as upgrading the IT infrastructure is going on at all venues while some plan additional exhibition or conference space with important investments over several years. This confirms the worldwide leading quality level of European venues.
During the General Assembly, important discussions focussed on the variety of business models within the exhibition industry as they become more and more diverse. As currently all business indicators are on green, EMECA Members look ahead and prepare for profound changes by implementing internal adaptions, looking out for further diversification and testing of new formats and services.
Maurits van der Sluis, COO of Rai Amsterdam, was
elected EMECA president for the period 2019-2020. New Members of the EMECA board as of 2019 will be Ricard Zapatero, CEO of Fira Barcelona, who will be
responsible for Technical Affairs and Roland Bleinroth, CEO of Landesmesse
Stuttgart, who will look after Digital Business.
The 22 EMECA venues host and
organise 1.900 trade fairs a year globally, out of which more than 1.500 in
Europe on a gross rented space of nearly 38 mio sqm. They welcome roughly
360.000 exhibitors and over 41,6 mio visitors in Europe.
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