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.
TravelRevive - which will take place live from 25-26 November, 2020, at Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre,will bring together the travel industry to exchange ideas, bridge knowledge gaps, and reimagine how the future of travel will look like.
UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry, confirms that this year’s Global Congress will be a digital-only event, taking place from 16 to 19 November. The event’s main theme is “Resilience”.
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited ("HML") today said it welcomes the announcement that the Hong Kong SAR Government will launch the Convention and Exhibition Industry Subsidy Scheme (“Subsidy Scheme”) on 3rd October 2020.
UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry, is pleased to announce the two congress hosts of the physical congress locations. The two on-site events will be hosted by Dubai World Trade Center (UAE) and by MCH Group (Switzerland).
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.
Shenzhen World, the largest trade fair venue globally, has successfully hosted the Shenzhen International Furniture Exhibition, which took place from August 20 until 23. With the gradual reopening of the exhibition business in China by the central Government many venues have restarted operations. To date, however, most shows have seen significant reductions in size and attendance.
The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has unveiled a new support scheme to help organisers of international tradeshows in Thailand get back to business in the wake of Covid-19.
From 19 to 21 August, the 10th Expo Project Fair for International Cooperation （Nanjing）2020 (EPFIC 2020) was successfully held in Nanjing Air-hub International Expo Center. The theme of this event was "ten years of dream building, rise in water". It was co-organized by the People's Government of Lishui District of Nanjing City, China International Conference and Exhibition Magazine Agency. The event made great breakthrough and remarkable achievements in the aspects of the number of participants and trade effect.
The German economy is currently experiencing considerable declines in sales due to the corona pandemic. Investments and private purchases are often postponed or even cancelled. At the same time, the trade fair industry, otherwise the most important instrument of business-to-business communication, has difficulties getting back on track, partly because many exhibiting companies are now asking themselves: do we rely on trade fair participation to get our own business going? Or do we rather prefer waiting until the industry recovers, because then the success of the trade fair will probably be greater and other basic conditions will have improved?
UFI and Explori are today releasing new findings from the ongoing “Global Recovery Project” research. The study programme is 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.
The Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Industry Association (“HKECIA” and “the Association”) presented results of the latest member survey “Impact of Covid-19 to Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Industry” (“Survey”) to representatives of Commerce and Economic Development Bureau, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (“HKSAR”) on 11 August 2020 and urged the authority to provide more support to help Hong Kong exhibition and convention industry ride out Covid-19 storm.
The event will once again bring enormous impact in developing Malaysia’s business events tourism sector. Brought to you by Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), MBEW will take place on 24 and 25 August 2020 at the World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur.
IELA’s recovery programme IELA Reload was a real Incubator of ideas for the future, spreading the fighting spirit to empower IELA members to succeed in the New Now, anticipating & rebounding by limiting losses and boosting strengths in profitable service areas. Launched on May 4th 2020, the programme had four pillars: E-Learning sessions – Regional IELA Talks – Recovery Talks and Rediscover of Tools.
The UFI presidential trio for the 2020/21 term will therefore comprise of: Monica Lee-Müller (managing director of Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited (HML), Hong Kong), incoming president Anbu Varathan (Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers’ Association - IMTMA, India), president 2020/21 Mary Larkin (Diversified Communications, Portland, USA), outgoing president
Dmg events, organiser of the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC), and with the support of its strategic partner and host, the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), has announced that the ADIPEC Strategic and Technical Conference will take place virtually between November 9 and 12, 2020.
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. The report highlights the severe impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the exhibition industry worldwide. Globally, 85% of companies declared their overall level of activity was “normal” in January. This quickly dropped to 15% in March, to reach between 5% and 6% in April, May and June. For both April and May, 73% of companies worldwide declared “no activity”.
For months now, the trade show and event industry is on lock down. First steps into a “Corona-normal” are done with solutions like Hybr.id Space a showroom which is connecting onsite and online to a “phygital” marketplace. Using this innovative space shows even more: People are looking for face2face meetings, the need of running trade shows gets touchable.
Collaboration and a United Voice are key in the Advocacy work that is needed to be done. Being among one of the first economies to be shut down and now one of the last to be activated, IELA Reload invited with great interest a panel discussion from Africa to give their insight on the situation in their region in the event and exhibition industry.
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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