A revitalised focus on business events FeaturesMiddle EastWorld

Abu Dhabi is seeing a strong return on its campaign for business events, and new incentives hope to continue the trend. Last year almost 4.9 million people stayed in Abu Dhabi’s 162 hotels and hotel apartments, a 9.8 per cent rise year-on-year. While the United Kingdom remains the largest European source market, registering a 13 per cent rise rise to more than 270,000, expanding infrastructure...

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Doing things differently FeaturesRegionWorld

Adaptating our business approach will help us create the events that bring in a new audience, say Eddie Choi and Francis Friedman. The theme for this year’s UFI European Conference was ‘Futureproofing your Events’. Among the speakers waxing lyrical on the subject were Eddie Choi and Francis Friedman, both of who have a broad range of experience in launching events, advising organisers, driving industry research...

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A world of change FeaturesWorld

UFI president Corrado Peraboni talks to EW about his past, his future, and the moves being made by the association in light of an ever more demanding audience – Interview by Antony Reeve-Crook The president of UFI, Corrado Peraboni, began his career as a representative of Italian foreign ministry in the former Fiera Milano public body in 1996, while working as a consultant in Latin...

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Frame your future FeaturesWorld

For the second instalment of our Women in Exhibitions thread, EW asks what are companies and associations doing to enable women – and what could they be doing. – Interview by Sarah-Claire Picton  In the last edition of EW we addressed the need for more women in senior roles in the exhibition industry with the help of representatives from Europe, Asia and the Americas. Here, we...

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Verona vignettes EuropeFeatures

EW takes a look at the exhibition industry in Verona, as Italy considers major national investment and support for SMEs. – Words by Sarah-Claire Picton In February this year, the General Assembly of Confindustria (Confederation of Italian Industries) discussed in Verona how to transform the Italian economy within upcoming five year plans. The idea is to create at least 1.8m jobs; grow real GDP by 12...

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