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Realising potential Expert OpinionFeaturesWorld

Kai Hattendorf, UFI managing director, raises big questions and reflects on different discussions in his most recent UFI Column featured in Exhibition World (Issue 3 | 2018), online now. The second quarter of the year is the busiest time of the year for most of us, and it is not different for the UFI team. Whether it’s travelling to our own events and membership meetings around the...

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Aida Lutaj discusses the Balkans’ trade show sector EuropeExpert Opinion

Aida Lutaj, CEO, Expocity Albania speaks to Sarah-Claire Picton about the Balkans’ trade show sector, looking at how the industry has changed and what key industry innovation and projects are fuelling this change. I took over the role at Expocity Albania, last year (May 2017), with the goal to scale the brand and grow it into a number one regional player. We are based out...

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State of the global events market: Tips, insights and trends Expert OpinionWorld

Following her trip to IMEX in Frankfurt in mid-May, Masha Boh (pictured), business development manager at The Brewery, discusses the state of the global events market – offering tips, insights and trends. What is the state of the global events market? IMEX18 felt busier than usual, with buyers from all over the world congregating in the German financial capital. The most common clients I met were from...

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M&A activity going strong as events industry approaches critical juncture Expert OpinionWorld

The events industry, with many recent examples, remains attractive to strategic and financial buyers – why is investment booming in this space? Eric Lawson-Smith, a partner focused on Media and Internet at M&A advisory firm Arma Partners, explores this question addressing M&A activity. Consolidation has been a prominent and recurring theme in the B2B events sector over the past 18 months, cropping up most recently...

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What is Blockchain and what we will do with it? Expert OpinionWorld

Enrico Gallorini, CEO, GRS Research & Strategy, discusses Blockchain and its key role within the global exhibition industry. During the recent UFI European Conference in Verona, 2- 4 May 2018, the Digital Disruption Section introduced, for the first time, the theme of the Blockchain in the exhibition industry. In order to have a clearer introduction about this important theme, we interviewed Enrico Gallorini (CEO – GRS www.grsnet.it),...

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AIME: On board with change  AustralasiaExpert Opinion

The Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME) was held at the Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB), 20-21 February. During the expo, Mash Media’s global portfolio director Iain Stirling chatted to Karen Bolinger, MCB’s CEO, about the latest business developments, and more.  Matt Pearce, Talk2 Media & Events, has taken over from Reed Exhibitions Australia as AIME’s new event organiser. Why Pearce? Matt Pearce has a depth of...

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On trend with tech Expert OpinionWorld

UK-based provider of exhibitions stands and displays, Skyline Whitespace, looks at key technology trends in the global events industry, including the emergence of customer mapping, how AR is changing and the use of drones. Adapt with Augmented Reality If you want to connect on a more immersive level with your target audience, Augmented Reality is a great way to achieve this. AR lets you hide content behind...

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Dealmakers Expert OpinionFeaturesWorld

Steve Monnington, managing director of Mayfield Media Strategies, writes about ‘Dealmakers’ in the latest edition of Exhibition World (Issue 2 | 2018). In my last column I looked at the upcoming acquisition of UBM by Informa which, if shareholders approve it, means that the resulting business will be the world’s largest exhibition organiser. It’s likely to happen by the middle of this year. Ascential are moving...

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Is bigger better? Expert OpinionFeaturesWorld

In light of the recent UBM and Informa merger, Exhibition World asks ‘Is bigger better?’, exploring the opportunities and obstacles associated with the new mergers and acquisitions landscape.  Read the full feature below and the edited feature in the latest edition of EW (Issue 2 | 2018), here. Paul Woodward Chairman, Paul Woodward Advisory The proposed takeover by Informa of UBM has once again raised questions...

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Making the case for green space Expert OpinionWorld

Fiona Churchill, regional conference & events manager, Jockey Club London, turns attention to health & wellbeing, namely the benefits of hosting an event at a venue with vast outdoor spaces. Over the past few years, workplace wellbeing has crept up the priority list for event organisers in the meeting and events industry. As a result, the demand for venues and facilities has shifted to focus more...

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