As global economies look for opportunities to rebuild business in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, exhibition organisers and associations from around the world are joining together to form a coalition dedicated to bringing critical live event platforms back to market, with safety at the foundation of the collaborators’ approach.
Sonia Thomas, ex-chief operations officer of UFI, the global association of the exhibition Industry, will join jwc GmbH as senior consultant 1st May 2021 onwards.
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“European Exhibition Industry Alliance (EEIA) welcomes the European Commission’s legislative proposal to create a Digital Green Certificate to resume safe travel in the EU. We now call upon the European Parliament and the Member States to ensure its quick approval and its swift technical implementation. We also expect that it will be interoperable with other international systems to facilitate travel on a global scale”, says Barbara Weizsäcker, secretary general.
As global sourcing becomes increasingly digitalised in the wake of the pandemic, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is debuting the HKTDC International Sourcing Show, a trade exhibition held in both online and physical formats, to help businesses adjust to the new sourcing model. The online section of the show begins tomorrow (17 March).
As the second most important economic engine of Madrid, Ifema is renowned for its capacity to boost employment and wealth. It is getting ready to start working at full capacity after a year of forced inactivity apart from some virtual events, and some hybrid meetings, such as the MBFWMadrid fashion show.
Bespoke education and insights designed for different audiences within the business events community is set to be launched by the IMEX Group. Specialist programmes for corporate, association and agency buyers launch in April while general sessions, which are open to all, start this month (March).
Global Exhibitions Day (GED) recognises the important role that trade exhibitions play in driving economies throughout the world. The Covid-19 pandemic has had significantly detrimental, and potentially lasting, effects on the global economy, across nearly all business sectors and regions. Exhibitions have traditionally played a role in bolstering and growing economic sectors, but this year they will play a new role – rebuilding and recovering communities.
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited (HML) has launched Harbour Studio, a brand-new facility at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) for online and virtual events.
As an international association, IFES (International Federation of Exhibition and Event Services) gets insights into many trade fairs markets worldwide. For this global outlook, Justin Hawes, president of IFES & MD of Scan Display (South Africa) talked to IFES members from 5 continents.
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.
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.
The Association supports its reconfirmation of the plan to redevelop the sites of the three government towers in Wan Chai North and the Kong Wan Fire Station (opposite to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre) into convention and exhibition facilities, hotel and Grade A office, and the Airport Authority’s plan to invest in the construction of phase two of the AsiaWorld-Expo. The plans were first introduced in 2017 Policy Address. These two projects in total will increase convention and exhibition space by more than 40%.
Mr Stuart Bailey, chairman of the HKECIA, said, “Over the past three decades, Hong Kong has successfully positioned itself as the Trade Fair Capital of Asia and brought enormous benefits to Hong Kong’s reputation and economy, the HKECIA is resolute not to let this position slip as Hong Kong’s key advantages over other cities in the region remain strong. The effects of the global pandemic have hit hard all stakeholders in our industry. We are still confident that we will beat this virus and that face-to-face exhibitions will come back stronger than ever combined with new ideas that will enhance deal-making and measurable business outcomes for all participants.
“Hong Kong is experiencing another peak period of Covid-19 epidemic peak, unfortunately some exhibitions have been further postponed and canceled. The HKEICA urges the government to provide more support and relief to the industry until business events can fully rebound, especially to the contractors, sub-contractors and suppliers, whose business is hugely affected by the pandemic since February 2020. If they cannot survive, our industry is unable to bounce back quickly after the pandemic,” Mr Bailey stressed.
The convention and exhibition industry has contributed a great deal to the Hong Kong economy over the years, in terms of expenditure, creating jobs in the exhibition industry and other service and supporting sectors and enhancing Hong Kong’s international image.
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