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.
Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has unveiled its Operational Plan for fiscal year 2021 (FY2021) aimed at lifting Thailand’s meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) industry out of crisis and strengthening the industry’s fundamentals for sustainability.
Guided by the concept “New Normal MICE –
Sustainable Growth”, the plan comprises four strategies – promoting domestic
MICE, attracting international events, implementing innovation, and developing
a robust MICE ecosystem. For FY2021, TCEB is targetting 10.4 million
MICE travellers and 64 billion baht in revenue for Thailand which represents
3.5% growth for both sectors. Unveiling the plan at a press conference at VIE
Hotel Bangkok on October 7, 2020, TCEB president, Mr. Chiruit Isarangkun Na
Ayuthaya, said “During the third quarter, as Thailand started to ease Covid-19
restrictions, domestic MICE began to rebound as a result of a series of
promotional campaigns and the readiness of local MICE operators. The uptick
highlighted the potential of our domestic market. Recent data showed that 55.4%
or 375,094 delegates participated in local MICE events via online platforms,
while 44.6% or 302,312 attended on-site. These numbers underscore TCEB’s
success in helping organisers implement new technologies that attract more
participants to their events."
To stimulate the domestic MICE market, Mr. Chiruit noted that TCEB will support the organisation of MICE events in all regions across the country. By working with government agencies, private-sector organisations, and local communities, TCEB is also seeking to upgrade local or regional MICE events to the national level by promoting the unique identity and advantages of each destination. With that in mind, TCEB has allocated an additional 10-million baht in its budget for the first quarter of the FY2021 (October – December) towards the promotional campaign “Thailand: A Safer Place for Meetings”. The campaign is designed to encourage the public and private sectors to use MICE activities as a means to distribute income to local communities. It offers a range of incentives to organisers of meetings, incentives, seminars, training activities, CSR activities, or corporate outings scheduled to be held up till December 2020.
Meanwhile, TCEB will also be promoting
domestic exhibitions through a cooperation network called Empower Thailand
Exhibition (EMTEX) throughout FY2021. To attract international MICE events,
TCEB is focusing on a new master plan for tradeshows called “Thailand LOG-IN
Events” which is in line with Thailand’s national development policies. The
bureau will encourage tradeshow organisers to expand into the logistics and
infrastructure sectors. It will provide incentives to organisers who include
logistics or infrastructure in their show profiles or those who bid for new
international shows and have them located in different regions of Thailand.
TCEB will be promoting the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) as a new location
for tradeshows in view of its fast-improving connectivity and proximity to some
of Thailand’s largest and most established industrial zones. In addition, TCEB will introduce “Festival
Economy” where mega events and festivals will be considered a vehicle to
generate economic value as well as to promote cultural, social and
environmental development in the provinces.
The third strategy of the Operational Plan is to promote meeting technologies and help meeting organisers develop online and hybrid event formats. In the first quarter of FY2021, TCEB will continue to urge entrepreneurs to venture online by participating in TCEB’s technology support project called Virtual Meeting Space (VMS). Eight events will benefit from VMS in its next cycle – Thailand Dive Expo (TDEX), INTERCARE Asia 2020, Coffee and Bakery Fair 2020, Khon Kaen International Motor Expo, Chiang Mai Design Week, Global Running Summit, ISURA 2020 Bangkok, and AHC 2020. For the fourth strategy – developing a robust MICE ecosystem – TCEB will establish a One-Stop Service Centre to provide information and facilitate MICE events in Thailand. This centre will use digital technologies to integrate services, facilitate regulatory compliance, provide MICE event services to government agencies, and assist MICE visitors with services such as MICE Lane, Fast Track, Visa-on-Arrival, and related healthcare procedures.
In FY2020, Thailand welcomed a total of 10,456,899 MICE travellers, generating 61.3 billion baht in revenue. Of these, 500,090 were international MICE travellers, who generated a revenue of 29.8 billion baht. Corporate Meetings generated the highest revenue at 9.4 billion baht with 149,638 travellers, followed by conventions (8.3 billion baht, 139,639 travellers), exhibitions (6.4 billion baht, 88,711 travellers), and incentives (5.6 billion baht, 122,102 travellers). In the same period, there were 9,956,809 domestic MICE travellers who generated 31.4 billion baht in revenue.
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