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.
We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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’.
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.
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.
This year’s digital event has
been the largest in UFI’s history, exceeding the record number of
attendees at the 2019 Global Congress in Bangkok, Thailand and the 2016
Global Congress in Shanghai, China. Three registration packages were
available, making this the most accessible UFI Global Congress ever for
our global community. Participants enjoyed connecting screen-to-screen,
as face-to-face meetings have been put on hold due to the Covid-19
Built around prime regional time slots for Asia/Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and the Americas, the programme enabled participants to connect and follow the event from their own time zone, and to review other sessions on-demand. In parallel, participants used – and are still using – the platform to network and meet with peers around the world, at whatever time works best for them. Over 1,200 connections were registered directly on the platform – and there have been numerous other direct digital connections. All Global Congress sessions will remain available on-demand until 4 December 2020.
Kai Hattendorf, managing director and CEO at UFI, says: “With face-to-face not an option this year, we’ve re-written the textbook for the UFI Congress. We’ve had to be agile; we’ve had to adapt; we’ve had to be fearless and bold. We’ve completely re-built the way we deliver the event globally, keeping all regions and time zones in mind. And we’ve managed to create experiences that everyone can engage with, despite being limited to screens.”
“The number one piece of feedback from participants is that they miss seeing each other face-to-face and having the opportunity for spontaneous chats and encounters. At the same time, many used the chat functionality and networking sessions to state how great it was to have the opportunity for everyone to connect. People especially praised the fact that we delivered the sessions and the networking opportunities with their specific business hours in mind – that we managed to deliver a truly global event optimised for all regions,” he adds.
Timely content – globally delivered for a global industry
58 speakers were “on stage”, as 16 hours of live sessions were presented by UFI’s quartet of regional managers, broadcasting live from Hong Kong, Dubai, London and Bogotá. Wherever possible, the team delivered live chats and sessions, facilitating real-time dialogue and feedback from participants around the world. The four Global Congress keynotes covered the new reality for the global economy, for geo-politics, for human health and for the connected industries of travel, hospitality and business events, forming a consistent view of the future ahead of us all in the coming 24 months. Panels with global and regional industry leaders shared unique insights into the exhibition industry’s response and trends, from advocacy to the growth of hybrid events.
New UFI research presented
As usual, Global Congress participants were the first to be updated on new, original UFI research findings, as a comprehensive analysis and overview of the exhibition industry’s activities in Latin America was presented. This research represents the first in-depth overview of the region that is aligned with metrics from other regions around the world. Delegates also heard very encouraging new findings from the UFI/Explori Global Recovery Trends report, which showed that exhibitors and visitors globally are eager to return to face-to-face platforms.
Keynote speaker Ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger, who organises the annual Munich Security Conference, echoed these findings, stating: “Leaders will have an incentive to meet again physically. You can have any number of personal meetings at the margins of the meeting. You can’t replace these personal physical meetings. It is not so easy to build a personal relationship on a laptop.”
Meanwhile, keynote speaker, Gloria Guevara Manzo, who is president and CEO at the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), reiterated the call for action to convince the authorities to prioritise travel and business events as a critical element of economic recovery: “We need to learn from the past. We can’t wait for a vaccine to be widely spread around the world; we need to be able to resume international travel before.”
Maintaining special moments and experiences
Despite the digital format, the Global Congress included a multitude of networking opportunities and special moments. The highlight was a performance by violinist Andrew Bernardi, who played a short concert from one of the vast and currently empty exhibition halls at ExCel London, accompanied by a quintet of musicians. Playing pieces from British composer Edward Elgar on his 1696 Amici Stradivari, Andrew Bernardi and the other musicians left delegates with a powerful reminder of the energy created when people come together – be it for business, or for music.
Welcome to the 2020/21 UFI president
Anbu Varathan, director general and CEO at the Indian Machine Tool Manufacturers’ Association (IMTMA) and Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC) formally assumes office as the UFI president for the year to come. He says: “I am extremely happy and honoured to address the global exhibition community, as I assume the UFI Presidency. We are all living in extraordinary times with the Covid-19 pandemic having a profound and lasting impact on human life, the global economy and, in particular, our exhibition industry and all related industries. We need to delve deep and look for opportunities and strategies to innovate, to enhance technological capabilities, to reorient market strategies, to equip workforce with emerging technologies and to re-emerge as a strong force once again.” UFI would like to thank Craig Newman (UFI president 2018/19), Mary Larkin (outgoing president) and Monica Lee-Müller (incoming president) for serving the association and the industry!
Open to more than 50,000 industry professionals globally who work for UFI member companies, the UFI Global Congress takes place each November and is known as the exhibition industry’s largest global meeting of the year, combining international networking with unique content.
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