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 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.
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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Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has unveiled a three-year roadmap for the country’s conventions industry. Covering 2021–2023, the roadmap outlines an array of action plans to attract more conventions to Thailand and elevate the country’s international profile.
It comprises three key strategies: To upgrade the Thailand’s conventions ecosystem through active lead generation and industry consultation; to upskill the industry with targeted developmental programmes; and to upstage Thailand in world conventions arena via international partnerships and global agenda conventions.
Mrs. Nichapa Yoswee, Senior Vice President – Business, TCEB, said: “This roadmap reflects the shift in TCEB’s role from an industry supporter to a growth driver. It has been implemented with the partnership of Thailand Incentive and Convention Association (TICA), Thailand’s leading professional association for conventions.
Under the upgrade strategy, TCEB will engage the entire conventions ecosystem to address demand-side and supply-side capability and capacity. This means raising awareness and know-how among local associations for hosting conventions in Thailand and building up a network of highly skilled and highly connected conventions professionals, who are capable of managing the entire life-cycle of an event.”
On the demand side, TCEB has begun reaching out to local associations through a variety of initiatives. An example is the Local Association Development and Ambassador Programme. With an understanding of the value of hosting a convention and the promise of industry and government support, local associations would be more confident and empowered to bid for a convention. Beyond advancing an association’s professional goals, a convention can also elevate legacies and positive economic, social, and environmental impacts for Thailand.
On the supply side, TCEB has set up a conventions task force to explore innovative ways to reengineer Thailand’s conventions industry. The task force, structured as a think tank that meets every quarter, comprises representatives from academia as well as TICA’s convention experts, such as venues, Destination Management Companies (DMCs), and Professional Congress Organisers (PCO).
the conceptual work undertaken by the task force, TCEB and TICA have also
established teams of “Convention Connecters” to respond to market trends with
greater agility. Each team is made up of two persons whose expertise in lead
generation, bidding, and convention management will help associations build a
strong case for organising a convention. The most immediate targets for these
“Convention Connecters” are associations related to the so-called “Thailand
4.0” industries – the ones that will power Thailand’s economic transformation
such as robotics, medical, agriculture & biotech, food and legal &
professional services. The focus on Thailand 4.0 is in line with TCEB’s policy
to use business events as a driver for economic development.
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