Successful year for UFI

Gwen Kaufmann - Wednesday, November 6, 2019    


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UFI can look back on a successful year for the association at the annual assembly. Highlights include the promotion of activities in the Middle East and Latin America as well as the strategic priority in education and diversity in leadership and formation of the Global Alliance with AIPC and ICCA. After two sold-out editions of the UFI-VMA Venue Management School programme in Shanghai (China), a third edition will take place in Shanghai in December, and the programme will expand into South East Asia in 2020. A number of research reports have been compiled, including the Global Economic Impact study, UFI's Global Exhibition Barometer, the annual update on market overviews for Europe ("Eurofairs Statistics") and Asia/Pacific ("The Trade Show Industry in Asia"). At the Global Congress in Bangkok, two new studies will released on global trends on exhibitor experiences and expectations at trade shows with UFI research partner Explori, and the first-ever comprehensive overview of the trade show industry in Latin America, covering all the markets in this fast-growing region. Craig Newman, UFI's 2019 President comments, "Reviewing the past twelve months, I feel proud – proud of the achievements and developments UFI has seen. For me, three things stand out from all the work around the world: UFI's focus on collaboration, the development in UFI's smaller chapters in Middle East/Africa and Latin America, and UFI's research work." Summarising UFI's activities for 2019, Kai Hattendorf, UFI Managing Director / CEO says: "We are pleased to report another year where we have been able to support our members around the world. Their success is our reward, and we are happy to see that, globally, the exhibition industry continues to grow at a steady pace despite political and economic headwinds. With our global portfolio of events, research, education, and advocacy activities, we do our part to help our community of more than 50,000 industry professionals to make the connections, get the data, and have the knowledge and recognition they need to navigate successfully through tougher times." "For the first time in UFI's 95-year history, we count more than 800 member companies. This makes us proud, and serves as motivation to the UFI team in Paris and around the world to work even harder for the industry", comments Sonia Thomas, UFI Director of Operations / COO. (kf)

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