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IBTM China: what can we expect from the event this year?
Expert Opinion
17 Jan 2019

IBTM China: what can we expect from the event this year?

IBTM China, part of IBTM’s global portfolio of meetings and events industry trade shows, will take place at China National Convention Centre (CNCC) in Beijing, on 28 and 29 August. Nicole Ci, Project Manager, IBTM China, discusses the direction in which the event is heading.   What changes have you made to the show this year? The market in China continues to enjoy robust growth,...

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Event Horizon: Sustainability is not a fad
Expert Opinion
15 Jan 2019

Event Horizon: Sustainability is not a fad

“A region in spacetime beyond which events cannot affect an outside observer.” Event Horizon is a column by EW’s Stuart Wood, taking a look at the events industry from a newcomer’s perspective. In this third instalment, he locks horns with Veganuary, and wonders if sustainability is getting trend-ified.   2019 has arrived, and with the advent of the new year comes the time for many...

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UFI’s Kai Hattendorf reflects on the 2018 Global Congress
Expert Opinion
09 Jan 2019

UFI’s Kai Hattendorf reflects on the 2018 Global Congress

Kai Hattendorf, UFI Managing Director, reflects on the 2018 UFI Global Congress in St Petersburg.   UFI concluded our Global Congress in St Petersburg at the end of last year, where we welcomed 450 delegates from 54 countries and regions. It was a wonderful opportunity to connect, network and learn, and it was also an amazing experience for the whole UFI team to deliver the...

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Q&A – the role of data in exhibitions
Expert Opinion / News
21 Dec 2018

Q&A – the role of data in exhibitions

In this Q&A, Gavin Dandridge, CTO at spatial analytics company Meshh, discusses the role of data in exhibitions.   How do you get around low connectivity at an exhibition venue and turn this into a competitive advantage? We live in a connected world. From setting up your Internet of Things connected coffee machine to reading news on an app on the way to work, consumers are...

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Highlights from the 85th UFI Congress in St Petersburg
Expert Opinion / News
19 Dec 2018

Highlights from the 85th UFI Congress in St Petersburg

EW asked Howard Klein (pictured below), moderator for the 85th UFI Global Congress in St Petersburg, to pick out his highlights of the event.   Having been to Russia many times, I was keen to see how the St Petersburg UFI Congress would go; and I was pleased to support it from the stage. These are my brief takeaways. World competitiveness expert Stephane Garelli delivered a fast...

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Too big to succeed?
Expert Opinion / News
10 Dec 2018

Too big to succeed?

By Paul Woodward, Chairman of Paul Woodward Advisory Every exhibition organiser that has them loves them; the giant shows, the bedrock of the business, money machines with margins better than selling crack cocaine. But what’s going on? I was debating with a colleague at the end of last week which would be the next shoe to fall. Cebit is gone. Baselworld is in intensive care. Thirteen...

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Can sustainability look good AND be good for business?
Expert Opinion / News
10 Dec 2018

Can sustainability look good AND be good for business?

By Sam Rowe, CEO of Ignition   The battle to get large company clients interested in sustainability is basically over. They’re talking about it at the very least, or else they’re forming and exercising environmental and social impact policies. Sustainability is on the strategic agenda to stay. But other debates remain, including how to convince clients that sustainable can also be beautiful and, at the...

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In conversation: WRG’s Mark Jackson
Expert Opinion / News
06 Dec 2018

In conversation: WRG’s Mark Jackson

The World Exhibition Stand Awards are a new set of awards designed to celebrate the very best in exhibition stand design and experience – whatever the show, wherever in the world, and whoever the client. The awards will be taking place in The International Pavilion at International Confex, on 28 February. Read more about the WESAs here. Ahead of the awards, EW spoke to Mark Jackson, Head of Environments at WRG, a...

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Design to build: the A to Z of exhibition stand planning
Expert Opinion
03 Dec 2018

Design to build: the A to Z of exhibition stand planning

What exactly do you need to consider when planning your next exhibition stand design and build? Stephen Lindsay of exhibition stand designer DMN Design Build has put together a handy A-Z of what you need to be thinking about before, during and after your exhibition.   A is for Artwork. The foundation of every great exhibition stand is the concept and the artwork that brings it...

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The rise of the meetings house of Saudi
Expert Opinion / Middle East
03 Dec 2018

The rise of the meetings house of Saudi

By Danielle Curtis, Exhibition Director Middle East, IBTM Arabia   Historically, the economy in the Middle East has been built on selling oil, with the countries there investing little capital in other sectors. Today, all that has changed. The price of oil has dropped and environmental pressures mean global powers are likely to seek alternatives to it as fuel. Oil-rich Middle Eastern countries have been...

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In conversation: OCTANORM’s Hans Bruder
Expert Opinion / News
28 Nov 2018

In conversation: OCTANORM’s Hans Bruder

The World Exhibition Stand Awards are a new set of awards designed to celebrate the very best in exhibition stand design and experience – whatever the show, wherever in the world, and whoever the client. The awards will be taking place in The International Pavilion at International Confex, on 28 February. Read more about the WESAs here. Ahead of the awards, EW spoke to Hans Bruder, managing director at OCTANORM Service Partner...

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In conversation: Rapiergroup’s Chris Litchfield
Expert Opinion
21 Nov 2018

In conversation: Rapiergroup’s Chris Litchfield

The World Exhibition Stand Awards are a new set of awards designed to celebrate the very best in exhibition stand design and experience – whatever the show, wherever in the world, and whoever the client. The awards will be taking place in The International Pavilion at International Confex, on 28 February. Read more about the WESAs here. Ahead of the awards, EW spoke to Chris Litchfield, creative director at Rapiergroup.   What...

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