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.
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.
Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has unveiled its Operational Plan for fiscal year 2021 (FY2021) aimed at lifting Thailand’s meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) industry out of crisis and strengthening the industry’s fundamentals for sustainability.
UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry, confirms that this year’s Global Congress will be a digital-only event, taking place from 16 to 19 November. The event’s main theme is “Resilience”.
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Management) Limited ("HML") today said it welcomes the announcement that the Hong Kong SAR Government will launch the Convention and Exhibition Industry Subsidy Scheme (“Subsidy Scheme”) on 3rd October 2020.
UFI, the global association of the exhibition industry, is pleased to announce the two congress hosts of the physical congress locations. The two on-site events will be hosted by Dubai World Trade Center (UAE) and by MCH Group (Switzerland).
An increasing number of markets around the world have begun to reopen business events with varying Covid-19 protocols in place. While some cities in China are now operating full calendars, increasing number of exhibitions and live events are taking place in Europe, the Middle East and North and South America. Despite the necessity to shift to digital only events in recent months, numerous studies have shown that companies are eager to return to meeting face-to-face at live events as their preferred marketing channel to reconnect with customers and suppliers and rebuild their businesses following the pandemic.
Shenzhen World, the largest trade fair venue globally, has successfully hosted the Shenzhen International Furniture Exhibition, which took place from August 20 until 23. With the gradual reopening of the exhibition business in China by the central Government many venues have restarted operations. To date, however, most shows have seen significant reductions in size and attendance.
The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has unveiled a new support scheme to help organisers of international tradeshows in Thailand get back to business in the wake of Covid-19.
From 19 to 21 August, the 10th Expo Project Fair for International Cooperation （Nanjing）2020 (EPFIC 2020) was successfully held in Nanjing Air-hub International Expo Center. The theme of this event was "ten years of dream building, rise in water". It was co-organized by the People's Government of Lishui District of Nanjing City, China International Conference and Exhibition Magazine Agency. The event made great breakthrough and remarkable achievements in the aspects of the number of participants and trade effect.
The German economy is currently experiencing considerable declines in sales due to the corona pandemic. Investments and private purchases are often postponed or even cancelled. At the same time, the trade fair industry, otherwise the most important instrument of business-to-business communication, has difficulties getting back on track, partly because many exhibiting companies are now asking themselves: do we rely on trade fair participation to get our own business going? Or do we rather prefer waiting until the industry recovers, because then the success of the trade fair will probably be greater and other basic conditions will have improved?
UFI and Explori are today releasing new findings from the ongoing “Global Recovery Project” research. The study programme is 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.
The Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Industry Association (“HKECIA” and “the Association”) presented results of the latest member survey “Impact of Covid-19 to Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Industry” (“Survey”) to representatives of Commerce and Economic Development Bureau, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (“HKSAR”) on 11 August 2020 and urged the authority to provide more support to help Hong Kong exhibition and convention industry ride out Covid-19 storm.
The event will once again bring enormous impact in developing Malaysia’s business events tourism sector. Brought to you by Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), MBEW will take place on 24 and 25 August 2020 at the World Trade Centre, Kuala Lumpur.
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.
Andreas Gruchow (Deutsche Messe
AG), Kai Hattendorf (UFI), Jörn Holtmeier (AUMA), Nils Passoter (Weidmüller)
and Barbara Weizsäcker (European Exhibition Industry Alliance) discussed the
challenges and possibilities to run trade shows and – with this – give the
economy the chance for a fast recovery. But, until exhibitors and visitors are
confident to attend shows, we must save the industry on a global level.
This experience was underlined
by Jörn Holtmeier, who was stating: “SME’s are calling AUMA that they need their platforms
back- meaning trade shows”. Taking this into account and knowing that there are
concepts which allow organizers to run their first shows this autumn, Andreas
Gruchow underlines: We all have to tell the story of how to run a successful
trade show in Corona times. The association – on national, european and global
level are doing a really good job. And of course we as organizer and venue
owners tell the story - but you as service providers, you are in direct contact
with exhibitors too, we all have to tell the story that technical it is
feasible and manageable being on exhibitions. This is not way different of
being in a supermarket. But we have to convince them ’how much bigger the value
is to be on an exhibition instead of canceling their participation. To run
business we all need face2face meetings”.
As an exhibitor Nils Passoter sees it the same way: “Trade shows are an efficient marketing instrument, which will also be highly relevant in the future. Budget increases are predicted by additional costs occurring due to increasing organizational efforts, but they are of course not unlimited. So, we must know how to proceed in detail”, Rules are needed on installation, use of space, running a show and dismantling. “We need defined rules and we all have to stick to these rules. No exceptions accepted”, he stresses. Weizsäcker argues in the same direction: “Besides the confidence and the trust in trade shows the legal aspect is key: Rules need to be really very clear. If you do not stick to the rules certain exhibits might to be closed down. In the beginning we have to be super strict.” And she states: "On European level there will be money earmarked for the recovery of our industry, but beyond that, everything will be under the topics ‘digitalization’ and the ‘Green Deal’ So for lager funding by the EU we need to use the transition period to develop concepts for our customers to help them to do the transition with us.
It is as always: If you want the right answer bring an
idea to the table, states Kai Hattendorf. ”We are here to learn how you can
manage an audience flow. So if you can come up with thoughts, ideas, models on
what will be different in the build up for a “Corona fair” this will be a basis
for discussions”. And :The time it takes to answer these simple questions it
the time to come up with standards right now. We have never been that fast to
come up with ideas for solutions”, he stresses which is underlined by
Holtmeier: ”It is time for partnering up and it is the time to come along with
some ’work in progress results’. Be rather fast than final!”
And there is a statement that goes out to all
goverments arround the globe: ”We have the advocacy ongoing that we need
financial support to get through this crises. To get through this phase, where
there is nearly no revenue coming in: Credit lines are fine but we need
subsidies. We need financial support and we need it now!”
It is ”red allert” for the global exhibitons + events industry.
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