With just two weeks until IMEX in Frankfurt, over 2,800 buyers from across the world – spanning agencies, corporates, independents and associations – are busy building their show schedules and making appointments to meet and do business with an international roster of suppliers for the first time in three years.
The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) has chosen Bangkok as the host city of its annual general meeting next year. The 62nd ICCA Congress will be held from November 12-15, 2023.
The UFI board of directors has today elected Geoff Dickinson as UFI president for the 2023-24 period.
Christian Mutschlechner, the former CEO of the Vienna Convention Bureau and ICCA President, has joined the board of jwc in Germany as of March 1st, 2022.
UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry, has named the winners of this year’s UFI Next Generation Leadership Grant (NGL), following expert deliberation by a jury of exhibitions industry leaders.
Forty-three MICE entrepreneurs from 15 markets, who visited Thailand as part of Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB)’s first familiarisation trip after a two-year pause, expressed their confidence in Thailand and the seven-day trip produced 57 leads with a business value estimated at 1,900 million baht.
Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) has announced that 40% of construction work for the biggest exhibition hall in the Middle East and North Africa has been completed.
A temporary emergency shelter for war refugees from Ukraine is being set up at the Nuremberg Exhibition Center.
Organised by the German trade show company fairtrade, the 7th edition takes place from 22 to 24 March 2022 at the Landmark Centre in Lagos.
Thailand is chosen to host the International Horticultural Expo 2026 in Udon Thani, a northeastern province. It will be the first landmark global event in the Greater Mekong Subregion.
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.
Numbers released by the IMEX Group reflect the strong demand for the global community to get back to business, with a truly international spread of participants confirmed for IMEX in Frankfurt, taking place 31 May – 2 June.
UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry, has today announced an adapted format for its Asia-Pacific Conference 2022.
The revamped Queen Sirikit National Convention Center includes a new retail mall “BALM” developed under the concept of ‘Bangkok’s Active Lifestyle Mall’ to attract and serve health and fitness enthusiasts, urban workers and families with a variety of over 100 leading retail brands, restaurants and amenities.
UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry, has today announced the location of its next European Conference, which will take place, in-person, in Poznan, Poland, from 4-6 May.
The trade show pairing has been rescheduled in close consultation with exhibitors.
Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) is gratified to assist the Malaysian Society of Colorectal Surgeons (MSCRS) in winning the bid to host the 20th Congress of Asia Pacific Federation of Coloproctology & 14th Asian Society of Stoma Rehabilitation Congress in March 2025.
The change allows the team to stage the 20th anniversary of its trade show from Tuesday 31 May – Thursday 02 June, giving the global meetings, incentive travel and events industry an additional five weeks to prepare.
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The 2022 UFI European Conference took place over the course of three days, putting the spotlight on important industry topics and challenges faced by exhibition and event industry professionals.
UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry,
identified key themes of discussion, including post-pandemic recovery,
new business models, the talent crisis, net zero and other sustainable
questions. The event, which took place in Poznan, Poland, was hosted by
Grupa MTP and offered a blend of keynote sessions, interactive
workshops, networking and social activities.
The conference opened with guest speaker Paddy Cosgrave, founder and CEO of Web Summit, who discussed his take for the future of live events. During the interview he predicted: “I think we will keep running live events, but we are also always making solutions, technology, that can make the events even better.”
Other speakers included Misa Labarile from the European Commission, who talked about the new green & digital transition in the EU; Heiko Liemer from Bosch, who presented his support for live events as an exhibitor during a conversation with IAA mobility director Christine von Breitenbuch, and AMR International’s Denzil Rankine, who discussed how companies can transform at scale and speed. The conference was moderated by international speaker and moderator DanRam.
The format of the conference continues to evolve to better serve delegates, this time including a speed networking session, organised in collaboration with London-based industry recruitment agency Expocast, and the first live Exhibition Think Tank workshop. UFI also welcomed to Poznan the six recipients of the association’s 2022 Next Generation Leadership grant, who have begun their nine-month leadership programme, culminating in the 89th UFI Global Congress in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman in November of this year.
Hosts Grupa MTP gives back to the community
The conference host Grupa MTP, like many venues in Poland and across Europe, addressed the current crisis in neighbouring Ukraine, sharing how they have been providing support for refugees. CEO Tomasz Kobierski presented, with Natalia Urbanksa-Guss of Inspire Foundation their humanitarian initiatives in Poznan. Many delegates followed the host’s appeal and brought personal donations to Poznan. On Thursday, 200,000 euros worth of supplies arrived at the venue in six cargo truck convoy from Fondazione Fiera Milano in Italy.
Announcing the support, Fondazione Fiera Milano says: “The initiative gives continuity to the solidarity response that Fondazione Fiera Milano wished to give to the appeal launched by the Warsaw Fair through UFI in line with its mission which includes support for territories and communities. The response of companies and organizations has been prompt and generous: since the start of the solidarity initiative, a total of over 100 tonnes of basic necessities have been collected including food and hygiene products, diapers, glasses, plates and disposable bowls. In addition to blankets, sleeping bags, toys.”
Grupa MTP, in celebrating their 100-year anniversary, invited delegates to recognise the occasion with a number of initiatives, including planting trees in the “UFI Pocket Garden” in the heart of their fairground. Underlining the strong collaboration between the city of Poznan and Grupa MTP, city leaders joined the regular UFI Sports Club activities. Board member Marian Gorynia participated in the traditional UFI Running Club outing, while, at the inaugural UFI Cycling Club, the mayor of Poznan, Jacek Jaśkowiak, led delegates on a bike tour around the city.
Nick Dugdale-Moore, UFI regional director, Europe, says: “We were delighted to welcome our members and the wider community to Poznan for the European Conference. The power of meeting in person was plain to see as delegates were visibly happy to be able to reconnect after a long period apart to network, learn and share ideas. It was quite emotional and humbling to learn about how our hosts Grupa MTP and other members in Poland and around Europe have been supporting refugees from Ukraine, but despite this, there is a sense of optimism for our industry as we emerge from the pandemic. Thanks to everyone who came, and a special thanks to our hosts Grupa MTP for allowing us to share their 100-year anniversary with them in style.”
Tomasz Kobierski, CEO, Grupa MTP comments: “We were delighted to welcome the UFI community to Poznan, to meet in person once again after such a long time apart. For us it was an extra special occasion as we were marking our 100-year anniversary, and we hope that our guests enjoyed our hospitality and got to know our beautiful city, while learning and making new business connections at the conference. We are ready and waiting to welcome you back to Poznan soon!”
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