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  • 11.05.2021  UFI European Conference 2021 to take place on 9 – 10 June

    UFI’s European Conference will take place as a digital event this year, on 9 – 10 June, the global association of the exhibition industry announces today.

  • 06.05.2021  IFES MasterClass will run on 24 + 25 June 2021

    This goes to the members of the whole Exhibition and Event Industry: In Asia, in the US, in the MEA region and in large parts of Europe Trade shows will reopen this summer or latest early this fall.

  • 04.05.2021  UFI MEA Conference 2021 to be held on 26 May in Dubai, UAE

    UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry, has announced that the UFI MEA Conference 2021 will take place in Dubai (UAE) on 26 May. Hosted by the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC), it will be UFI’s first in-person event this year.

  • 30.04.2021  New digital platform: IMEX BuzzHub

    The IMEX Group is set to create a buzz among the global business meetings and events community with the launch of a new digital platform, IMEX BuzzHub on 12 May. The new digital experience will run for over four months from May to September.

  • 27.04.2021  UFI Asia-Pacific Conference goes all digital in May

    UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry, has announced that it will hold the 15th UFI Asia-Pacific Conference online on 20 May.

  • 26.04.2021  German exhibition venues prove themselves as vaccination centres

    Around 1.7 million Corona vaccinations took place at 30 German exhibition venues in the 1st quarter of 2021. This is the result of a research by AUMA - Association of the German Trade Fair Industry.

  • 23.04.2021  Korea: New Convention Center opens in Ulsan Metropolitan City

    Korea is set to unveil its newest convention center, Ulsan Exhibition and Convention Center (UECO) on April 29, 2021. UECO will be the 17th convention center in Korea, anticipated to turn the Southeastern Metropolitan City of Ulsan into the next hub for the Korean MICE industry.

  • 14.04.2021  Trade show organisers and associations join forces to create safe, successful platforms for economic recovery

    As global economies look for opportunities to rebuild business in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, exhibition organisers and associations from around the world are joining together to form a coalition dedicated to bringing critical live event platforms back to market, with safety at the foundation of the collaborators’ approach.

  • 07.04.2021  Sonia Thomas to join jwc as senior consultant

    Sonia Thomas, ex-chief operations officer of UFI, the global association of the exhibition Industry, will join jwc GmbH as senior consultant 1st May 2021 onwards.

  • 01.04.2021  Happy Easter!

    The TFI team wishes you a Happy Easter 2021.

  • 22.03.2021  Europe’s exhibition industry welcomes European Commission’s green certificate proposal and common path to safe re-opening

    “European Exhibition Industry Alliance (EEIA) welcomes the European Commission’s legislative proposal to create a Digital Green Certificate to resume safe travel in the EU. We now call upon the European Parliament and the Member States to ensure its quick approval and its swift technical implementation. We also expect that it will be interoperable with other international systems to facilitate travel on a global scale”, says Barbara Weizsäcker, secretary general.

  • 16.03.2021  HKTDC International Sourcing Show opens tomorrow

    As global sourcing becomes increasingly digitalised in the wake of the pandemic, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is debuting the HKTDC International Sourcing Show, a trade exhibition held in both online and physical formats, to help businesses adjust to the new sourcing model. The online section of the show begins tomorrow (17 March).

  • 15.03.2021  Ifema is back in business – with an ambitious health protection strategy for its fairs

    As the second most important economic engine of Madrid, Ifema is renowned for its capacity to boost employment and wealth. It is getting ready to start working at full capacity after a year of forced inactivity apart from some virtual events, and some hybrid meetings, such as the MBFWMadrid fashion show.

  • 11.03.2021  IMEX: Special interest and general education confirmed March – September

    Bespoke education and insights designed for different audiences within the business events community is set to be launched by the IMEX Group. Specialist programmes for corporate, association and agency buyers launch in April while general sessions, which are open to all, start this month (March).

  • 09.03.2021  The sixth annual Global Exhibitions Day will take place on 2 June 2021

    Global Exhibitions Day (GED) recognises the important role that trade exhibitions play in driving economies throughout the world. The Covid-19 pandemic has had significantly detrimental, and potentially lasting, effects on the global economy, across nearly all business sectors and regions. Exhibitions have traditionally played a role in bolstering and growing economic sectors, but this year they will play a new role – rebuilding and recovering communities.

  • 08.03.2021  Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre’s new Harbour Studio: One-stop solution for virtual events

    Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited (HML) has launched Harbour Studio, a brand-new facility at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) for online and virtual events.

  • 04.03.2021  Exhibitions in 2021/22 – a global outlook

    As an international association, IFES (International Federation of Exhibition and Event Services) gets insights into many trade fairs markets worldwide. For this global outlook, Justin Hawes, president of IFES & MD of Scan Display (South Africa) talked to IFES members from 5 continents.

  • 22.02.2021  Biofach/Vivaness 2021 eSpecial inspires

    The organic food and natural and organic personal care products community came together for their annual sector gathering on 17-19 February 2021.

  • 16.02.2021  Eventmaker becomes an UFI software partner

    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.

  • 12.02.2021  IELA WS21 Building the Future of the Exhibition Logistics Industry – Post-Covid

    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).

Messukeskus Helsinki: entrance exams, vaccinations, virtual events, padel and advance voting in the municipal election


Messukeskus Helsinki, Expo and Convention Centre has persistently been looking for alternative uses for its halls emptied by the pandemic. This commencing May will be busy at Messukeskus, both in the halls and in the conference facilities, although it will not be possible to organize large trade events this spring.

Last autumn, in the middle of the worst pandemic period, Messukeskus successfully and safely organised entrance exams for 5,000 applicants to Laurea University of Applied Sciences. Encouraged by the good experience, Laurea will also organise its entrance exams this spring at Messukeskus.

This spring, in addition to Laurea, Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences and the University of Helsinki have also concentrated their entrance exams in May/June for about 45 000 students to Messukeskus. The exams are conducted in a Covid-19 safe manner by spreading out the large number of participants over a period of several weeks and several shifts and by strictly following instructions by authorities. One of the halls at Messukeskus is still reserved for Covid-19 vaccinations, and in the parking garage, healthcare company Mehiläinen’s drive-in Covid-19 testing continues.

Advance voting for the municipal election safely
In May/June, Messukeskus serves as a facility for advance voting in the municipal election. Voting arrangements are already planned and they emphasise safety. The routes of incoming and outgoing voters have been separated, and hygiene and safety distances have been carefully planned.

The Covid-19 safe conference facilities at Messukeskus have also been used by the Court Office. Labour Tribunal and Market Court deliberations have been held there. And: There is still space enough for padel enthusiasts. The indoor fields built at Messukeskus have been reopened after the break, and additional fields will also be opened outside for the summer season. At the very end of May, there are plans to organise MP Motorcycle Test Driving Days 2021, where the novelties of motorcycle brands can be tried out while driving on the street.

Virtual events from the EAS Congress to the Emma Gala
Messukeskus has built a bridge over the crisis by strengthening its virtual and hybrid business. In May, Messukeskus will host the virtual EAS congress in the medicine field and live TV broadcast of the Emma Gala for Finnish music and assist several other clients in the production of online meetings and trainings.

-Messukeskus has adapted its operations in many ways and looked for alternative uses for its premises. "We are pleased that the functional and logistically superior facilities will benefit Helsinki with such new uses, but it will not replace the income stream of our normal business, says managing director Anni Vepsäläinen. "Many European countries have introduced subsidies to help the hard-hit industry, and in particular corporate events and congresses. These countries understand the social significance of corporate events and their role as economic stimulus and employers. Similar subsidies are badly needed in Finland as well", Vepsäläinen says.

The doors of Messukeskus were closed more than a year ago, and since then it has only been possible to continue operations on a small scale. In the first year of the pandemic, turnover fell by two-thirds, the total number of visitors was one third of previous years, and Messukeskus’ economic impact on the surrounding business area fell by 80 per cent.


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