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.
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.
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.
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.
Vincentz Network, a leading provider of information and networking services for the coatings industry, and NürnbergMesse are joining forces to establish a new must-do event for the paint and coatings industry in the Middle East.
Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) continues its journey to showcase Malaysia’s best offerings of the business events industry at IMEX America 2022.
The MICE industry in Asia is on course to catalyse its potential after global industry leaders and government representatives agreed on five key areas of collaboration at the Joint Leadership Summit (JLS) in Singapore on 5 October.
International Fair Plovdiv and UFI have jointly announced “Experience the rush”, by senior art director, Parag Bandodkar and senior visualiser, Kamlesh Murudkar, from Informa Markets India as the Grand Winner of the 24th International Fair Poster Competition.
Strong rebound of U.S. B2B exhibition industry continues, CEIR economist weighs in on State of U.S. economy, implications for the industry.
The inaugural Asia CEO Summit, taking place from 5 to 7 October 2022 at The Fullerton Hotel, Singapore, will gather around 100 leading senior representatives from global business events organisers to chart a sustainable pathway of growth for the region’s business events industry.
For the first time, from 14th to 15th September, the city of Miami (USA) will host Smart City Expo USA (SCEUSA), the main event on urban innovation to be held in the country.
Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group, introduces the new education program for IMEX America, taking place October 10 – 13 at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas.
UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry, in partnership with GL Events South Africa, and in collaboration with the African Association of Exhibition Organisers (AAXO) will be organising the Africa Exhibition Industry Outlook on 13 September 2022.
Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB), in partnership with Phuket City and Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health, welcomed nine Enquiry Mission Members from Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the governing body of World Expos.
Fossil fuels, including oil, coal and natural gas, supply around 80% of the world’s energy, but as recent events have illustrated, there is a need of a workable model for energy transition - one that is resilient enough to absorb external shocks, such as geopolitics and pandemics, yet pragmatic enough to reduce emissions linked to human activities.
IMEX America is set to address the new needs of the industry head on, bringing together the global business events community in a four-day event designed to deliver a tailored, targeted and enjoyable business experience.
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.
International trade fair organisers and venue operators are coming together for their 89th annual congress from 14 to 17 November. The UFI (Global Association of the Exhibition Industry) is thus returning to the region for its flagship event a decade after the UFI Global Congress in Abu Dhabi. “In the Middle East and Oman, in particular, there has been considerable investment in and commitment to the development of a first-rate infrastructure for business events,” argues Kai Hattendorf, the UFI’s managing director. “Our sector is welcomed as an engine of growth.” The numbers registering for the event have been very promising, as Hattendorf points out. Over 500 delegates from more than 50 countries and regions are expected in Muscat. It shows that industry experts are keen to meet each other face to face again and see what Oman has to offer, he believes.
The UFI Global Congress is traditionally synonymous with intensive international networking opportunities. The programme has also repeatedly featured well-known, visionary and pioneering thinkers. Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, a two-time Oscar winner who has also won recognition as the director of the critically acclaimed Marvel Studios series Ms. Marvel, is delivering the keynote address this year. Right at the beginning of the programme, she will be sharing new ways of looking at the world and taking delegates on an audio-visual journey to “uncover the unseen”. The former broadcast journalist Eithne Treanor will be guiding delegates through the programme, which will cover topics such as the state of the economy, global risks and opportunities and trends in the industry. Transformational issues such as the sustainability agenda in the trade fair industry will also be featuring.
The get-together at the Oman
Convention & Exhibition Centre will be taking place against the background
of a brightening mood in the industry. The UFI recently published the results
of its latest Global Exhibition Barometer survey. These reveal how the
industry’s recovery from the Covid crisis has accelerated in 2022 and how it is
now quickly regaining its old strength. Revenues in the first half of 2023 are
expected to reach 87 percent of those for the same period in 2019. Around six
out of ten companies reported “normal levels of activity” compared to only
three out of ten six months previously. 70 percent expected to be operating at
normal levels of activity by the end of the year. Important factors
contributing to this positive trend include the lifting of travel restrictions
and the readiness of exhibitors and trade fair visitors to participate again.
Staffing issues and digitalisation are seen as the big challenges. The full
Global Exhibition Barometer report contains profiles for 28 different markets
and regions (www.ufi.org).
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