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Record attendance as 85th UFI Congress kicks off in St Petersburg AsiaEurope

Over 450 global event professional representing UFI members in more than 54 countries have gathered in St Petersburg, Russia, for the association’s global congress, taking place from 31 October to 3 November. The event kicked off with the 2018 UFI General Assembly, chaired by 2018 president Corrado Peraboni of Fiera Milano. Peraboni commented: ““It has been a busy year serving the growing global community of...

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Chinese President Xi Jinping to attend international mega-expo in Shanghai AsiaWorld

Chinese President Xi Jinping will be in attendance at the inaugural China International Import Expo (CIIE), a mega-exhibition which will see the country attempting to attract lucrative international business. The event will take place in Shanghai’s National Exhibition and Convention Centre (pictured) from 5-10 November, and will see 2,800 companies from all G20 member states attending. About 160,000 buyers from more than 80,000 Chinese and...

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New chatbot ‘Jawab’ feature unveiled by ADNEC Asia

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) has announced the launch of an online chatbot platform ‘Jawab,’ which has been created to respond directly to event-related questions from exhibitors, organizers and visitors. Additionally, this new service responds to customer inquiries and provides complete information about Abu Dhabi’s events industry, whilst aiming to enhance customer happiness and satisfaction levels. With this launch, ADNEC becomes the first venue...

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Saudi finance event generates $34bn in deals despite Khashoggi pull-outs Asia

Around 40 key withdrawals by speakers and delegates for Saudi Arabia’s Future Investment Initiative conference, 23-25 October, (also known as ‘Davos in the desert’) did not stop the Saudis heralding the event as a facilitator for deals worth US$34bn. Outcry over the death on 2 October of Jamal Kashoggi, who is believed to have been killed in the Saudi consulate in Turkey, resulted in many...

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Emerging Payments Association launches Asian chapter at SIBOS Sydney AsiaAustralasia

The Emerging Payments Association (EPA), founded in the UK back in 2004, has used the platform of the SIBOS event in Sydney (22-25 October) to launch its Asian chapter, EPA Asia. The EPA, which has 130 corporate members in Europe and Africa, is working to strengthen and expand the payments industry through connecting the ecosystem, encouraging innovation and profitable business growth. The ribbon cutting ceremony...

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IELA presents its new Security Guidelines in Shanghai Asia

A step forward toward a safer and more secure exhibition and events industry was taken in Shanghai recently, when IELA presented its new Security Guidelines document during its inaugural IELA CONNECT event. IELA, the International Exhibition Logistics Association, has presented its new IELA Security Guidelines during IELA CONNECT 2018, in Shanghai. IELA reports that 33 delegates from 15 countries joined the first edition of its IELA CONNECT, held at...

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This Malaysian state is using business events to grow its agriculture sector Asia

Sarawak Convention Bureau is set to spur growth for the Malaysian state’s agriculture sector, with plans to leverage business events through its new platform – the BESarawak Alliance (BESA). BESA will feed in to government ministries and agencies, and one of its first initiatives is an agriculture-based familiarisation trip taking place in conjunction with the inaugural Sarawak AgroFest 2018, 20–28 October 2018. “To realise our...

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Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Centre partners with Ungerboeck Asia

Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition Centre (RICEC) in Saudi Arabia has formed a partnership with event management software company Ungerboeck. RICEC is a newly developed state-of-the-art convention and exhibition facility, owned by the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Ungerboeck will be providing venue sales, operation and financial management solutions to the centre. RICEC will streamline their bookings and operational processes with Ungerboeck to provide...

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HKTDC survey at Electronics Fair highlights trade fears from Sino-US political friction Asia

The recently concluded 38th HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition) and the 22nd electronicAsia attracted 87,000 buyers from 139 countries and regions over a four-day period. Buyer attendance grew from a number of countries and regions including mature markets such as Canada, Italy, Singapore, Taiwan and the UK, and emerging markets such as Brazil, the Chinese mainland, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Russia. More than...

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Russia: open to the exhibition world AsiaEuropeFeatures

In this month’s cover feature, EW speaks to three key figures in the Russian events industry, and hears how the country is putting itself on the industry map.   Alexey Kalachev, director of the Russian Convention Bureau, is leading a new strategic push for events in Russia: “The turnover of congresses in the world is estimated to be worth US$1 trillion, of which Russia’s share...

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