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.
The EMECA association, which represents the European major exhibitions centres, alerts on the urgency of their reopening and calls for strong financial support from European and national public authorities to ensure the survival and the economic recovery of an entire industry.
The 5th edition of Global Exhibitions Day (GED) 2020 spread the message “exhibitions are key to rebuilding economies” across the globe. From videos to meetings with policy makers, webinars to hybrid events, webcast to social campaigns, bingo, cakes, virtual running parties, and more, people and organisations from at least 114 countries/regions got involved in GED 2020.
The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) is ready to welcome events back to Hong Kong. With a series of preventive measures in place, the HKCEC welcomed the city's first exhibition since the Covid-19 pandemic. The 98th Hong Kong Wedding Fair, a three-day local consumer exhibition rescheduled from February, was held successfully during 22-24 May, attracting soon-to-weds and couples for wedding products and services.
As authorities around the world are increasingly clearing business events to run again, organisers of conventions and exhibitions, as well as venue and center operators need to put respective measures in place that create safe environments for participants.
Doha Exhibition and Convention Center (DECC) was awarded 3 prizes (2 gold and 1 silver) at the 10th-anniversary edition of Eventex Awards, a leading global event competition, which aims at spotlighting the best events, experiences, and suppliers in the industry worldwide. It is well known for the stellar jury panel and fair evaluation process.
UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry, has named Mina El Fazazi as head of global marketing and communications. Mina El Fazazi brings over 15 years of communications and marketing experience to her new position. She has a solid background within the exhibition industry (in both BtoB and BtoC trade shows) through her previous roles at Reed Midem, Reed Expositions France, Comexposium and SAFI.
Exhibition logistics suppliers are getting prepared for the “New Now” in the Exhibition Industry by joining the new IELA Reload Programme to be launched on May 4th 2020 to address and adapt to the fast-changing and still uncertain rules regarding international forwarding.
UFI, the global association of the exhibition ndustry, has named the winners of this year’s UFI Next Generation Leadership Grant (NGL), following expert deliberation by a jury of the industry’s leading lights.
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, UFI announces that the UFI European Conference, which was due to take place from 3-5 June at the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre in Gothenburg, cannot take place as planned. The co-located Forum on HR which was due to take place from 2-3 June at the same venue has also been cancelled.
Emergency relief from government supports the self-employed and small businesses. AUMA’s managing director Holtmeier: trade fairs will play a crucial role after the Corona-crisis
COVID-19 presents business events and the exhibition industry with an unprecedented global challenge. IELA passionately believes in the considerable social and economic power of the face-to-face exhibition and event industry and is committed to it. We know that the negative long-term effects of speculation, hype and overreaction will not only harm our industry, but also our local communities and business as a whole.
UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry, is today releasing the first global numbers that reflect the impact that trade show postponements and cancellations are having for both the exhibiting companies as well as for the trade show industry around the world.
Deutsche Messe, one of the world's leading exhibition organisers, and Singapore Tourism Board have signed an MoU (memorandum of understanding) to establish its first Southeast Asian headquarters – Hannover Fairs Asia-Pacific Pte Ltd - in Singapore. The new office will deepen Deutsche Messe's presence in Asia Pacific, providing greater support and expanding their trade fairs in the region. It will also look at creating new events in the medium term.
The Hi-LED 55+, Aluvision’s newest LED innovation, has just been launched and has already received its first prestigious, world-renowned award. The iF Design Award is a symbol of outstanding design achievements that focuses on the innovative power of design. The brand new LED tile is the most flexible and creative LED tile on the market.
UFI, the global association for the exhibition industry, has released the latest edition of its flagship “Global Exhibition Industry Barometer research”, taking the pulse of the industry, and reporting global and regional trends as well as a total of 19 market profiles, including – for the first time: Japan.
The data indicates that, for each period between mid-2018 and the end of 2019, a majority of companies from all four global regions indicate Gross Turnover increases. This positive outlook is especially strong in both the Asia/Pacific and Middle East/Africa region respectively, where the highest levels in the last five years are recorded. In the Americas and Europe however, regions that recorded very high increases in the recent editions of the barometer, fewer companies now expect as strong growth as before.
Around the world, economic concerns, at national or global level, remain the top business issues for industry leaders, followed by competition from within the industry, internal challenges, and digitisation. A large majority of companies are planning new activities either in the classic range of exhibition industry activities (venue/organiser/services), or outside of the current product portfolios, or in both areas. Also, a growing number of companies are looking to expand into new geographical markets all around the world.
The report also points out a good matching between the view of the exhibition industry and that of show visitors – expressed in the recent “Global Visitor Insights” produced by UFI and Explori – as to the need to develop the “entertainment” component of exhibitions. The most relevant actions are indeed selected in a similar way.
The 22nd edition of the barometer added one new partner to UFI's semi-annual industry research: Jexa (Japan Exhibition Association), and the research presents a global overview of industry data, broken down into company types and 19 separate market profiles. This edition’s data is based on input from 302 participants from 53 countries and regions.
"The data shows that the exhibition industry is set to continue to grow globally as a whole, but foresees obstacles in various markets and regions. Ever more companies are focused on expanding their geographical footprint, to counter potential risks in the economic development in their respective home markets – most notably companies based in mature markets”, comments Kai Hattendorf, UFI Managing Director.
“Furthermore, there is no single formula on how to evolve exhibitions to respond to growing visitor demands of more entertainment or experience-driven events. The 19 detailed market profiles covered in this edition of the barometer show clearly differentiated approaches to this from around the world. These country and market profiles make the barometer so unique”, Hattendorf adds.
This latest edition of UFI’s semi-annual industry survey was concluded in January 2019 and includes data from 302 companies in 53 countries.
The study delivers outlooks and analysis for fifteen major markets - including Japan for the first time: Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Italy, Macau, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Thailand, the UK and the US.
In addition, the research adds aggregated data for four regional zones, taking the number of countries and regions profiled in detail to a record of 19.
Regarding turnover year-on-year, 74% of companies around the world declared an increase for the 2nd half of 2018. 63% anticipate an increase for the first half of 2019, and 69% for the 2nd half of 2019.
Several markets anticipate outperforming these scores for 2019: Brazil, China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Thailand, the Middle East and the UK. At the same time, a significant level of uncertainty exists in South Africa, coupled with several expected decreases in Australia, Japan and Macau.
In terms of operating profit, in each of the four regions, 80% of companies maintained a good level of performance in 2018 and around 30 to 40% of them declared an increase of more than 10% compared to 2017. The highest proportions of companies declaring such an increase are observed in Mexico (62%), Italy (56%), the United Kingdom (55%) and Indonesia (50%).
When asked about the most important issues for their business in the coming year, companies remain concerned about the following 4 topics: “State of the economy in home market” (25% in the current survey, up 1% compared to 6 months ago), “Global economic developments” (20%, up 2%), “Competition from within the industry” (19%, up 1%) and “Internal challenges” (15%, down 2%).
“Global economic developments” appear as less of a concern in the Americas than in all other regions of the world, whereas “Competition from within the industry” appears as more of a concern in Asia-Pacific, compared to other regions.
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