The compass needle – NürnbergMesse’s trademark – is pointing straight to the top once again. Despite an interruption forced by the pandemic during the first two months of the 2022 event year, trade fairs were able to gather in person again.
UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry, has released the latest, 30th edition of its flagship Global Exhibition Barometer research, which takes the pulse of the industry.
In accord, 3,500 exhibitors offer a first-hand gateway into the market by pulling in resources that amplify home-grown inventions and overseas capabilities in production and aftermarket solutions.
UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry, will organise it’s full flagship series of Regional Conferences around the world in 2023 again onsite.
As a leading annual event returns to physical format, sustainability features strongly on the agenda, reflecting the importance the financial world places on the issue.
Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) is thrilled to welcome on board the new director of Convention & Exhibition, Mr. Noor Azlan Abu Bakar effective 3 January 2023, with a main task of increasing the number of international business events in Malaysia.
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UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry, will hold its 16th UFI Asia-Pacific Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 2 - 3 March 2023.
At the end of each year, the IMEX Group traditionally announces a talking point for the year ahead. Today IMEX announces that human nature will be its talking point for 2023.
Data now released by UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry, identifies the status of the European exhibition market in 13 countries. The certified data is gathered by a network of 10 collaborating industry bodies from across the continent.
The 24th Asia Pacific League of Associations for Rheumatology Congress (“APLAR 2022”), where attracted 700 delegates, was held successfully at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (“HKCEC”) from 6-9 December 2022.
The International Congress and Convention Association ICCA) expresses confidence in the capacity of Thai MICE industry and Bangkok as a successful host of the 62nd ICCA Annual Congress 2023, with the expected 1,000 attendances.
First recovery in sight for trade fairs in Germany: At least 340 trade fairs are planned between Husum and Friedrichshafen in 2023. Thus, almost 25 percent more trade fairs will take place in the new year than were possible in Germany this year.
Messe München Shanghai is expanding its management team and appointing the experienced trade fair manager Evan Sha (51) as “president China” as of 1 December 2022.
UFI welcomed more than 400 UFI delegates, from over 50 countries and regions, to its 89th annual Global Congress in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman, from 14 to 17 November.
UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry, has announced that its 91st UFI Global Congress will be held in Cologne, Germany. It will be hosted by Koelnmesse, and take place from 20-23 November.
November brings two major international events to the Arabian Peninsula. The UFI Global Congress is taking place in the Sultanate of Oman shortly before the FIFA World Cup kicks off in Qatar.
Transformation is circulating Malaysia’s automotive market ahead of Automechanika Kuala Lumpur 2023. From both policy-driven and private sector initiatives, the country has ambitious plans to establish more influence on an international level.
The Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Industry Association (HKECIA) welcomes the measures of the HKSAR Government to support the convention and exhibition (“C&E”) industry announced in the latest Policy Address.
Over 200,000 professionals have visited since Ifema Madrid took over its management in 2019, with more than 100 events taking place in this iconic architectural landmark.
EMECA members’ exhibition activity is back stronger and faster than expected. Full recovery in terms of turnover will be reached already in 2023 for most Members.
Nürnbergmesse hosted this autumn’s General Assembly in Athens, Greece, to highlight its latest acquisition, the Greek organiser Forum and to put the growing Greek exhibition market into the spotlight. EMECA board bembers met and exchanged with the president and vice president of the newly formed SOKEE, the Greek Exhibition Industry Association. The members celebrated once more 30 years of EMECA.
The results of this year’s exhibitions so far proved how necessary and useful face-to-face events are in showcasing innovation, meeting people and facilitating real business. “2022 is a good year in terms of number of exhibitions, that shows a quick recovery for our industry. Most EMECA members will be soon approaching pre-pandemic results,” explains Ricard Zapatero, EMECA president. Some special effects may play a role in the excellent results, such as additional (earlier postponed) shows, a good number of trade fairs due to the rhythm of events in the even years or one-time big institutional events. Nevertheless, services in general and new services like digital tools to complete the real experience as well as impressive number of new shows hosted or launched both in Europe and abroad complete the activities of all EMECA members. These new exhibitions are mainly completing existing portfolios or new launches in future technologies and sectors related to the digital and sustainable transition.
In Europe, full recovery in terms of turnover will be reached already in 2023 for most members. Profits, however, will take more time to come back to pre-pandemic levels. Additionally, and in parallel to the very positive signs, the EMECA venues and exhibition business are struggling with a number of challenges, such as remaining restrictions for travel from Asia, potential pandemic measures during the winter, inflation, high costs for staff and materials, energy prices, effects of the Russian war in Ukraine and uncertainty in general. All these effects also concern the customers, exhibitors and attendees of events.
On the digital side, guest speaker Fabian Nappenbach, director product marketing EMEA at HTC, presented an overview of the state of the art in metaverse technology, applications and business opportunities to the EMECA General Asssembly. It was followed by a vivid discussion on potential use-cases – probably mostly for conferences or meetings at this stage, feasibility, acceptance and costs. Members agreed that experimenting and following closely the developments will be of great importance.
Elections to the EMECA board
Roland Bleinroth, CEO of Messe Stuttgart was elected to lead the association for the two upcoming years 2022 and 2023. Maria Joao Rocha de Matos, general director of FIL-Lisbon Exhibitions & Convention Centre will join the Board as vice president for Digital Business. The current president Ricard Zapatero, international business director at Fira Barcelona will switch in 2022 to be responsible for strategy. Maurits van der Sluis, COO of RAI Amsterdam, will conclude his three terms in the EMECA board at the end of this year. EMECA’s secretary general Barbara Weizsäcker received congratulations for serving ten years in office.
“It is a great signal that we can welcome a new board member and a new president for the next period. EMECA has a vivid membership with engaged members in the expert working groups and in the board. It is important to rotate to bring in new views and ideas, and to share responsibilities over time,” underlines Ricard Zapatero. “I thank all EMECA members for their commitment in their respective positions and the EMECA management team for their reliable running of the association.”
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