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Providing a forum for women  to fulfill leadership destiny
Expert Opinion
14 Feb 2019

Providing a forum for women to fulfill leadership destiny

Mary Larkin explains how SISO is expanding its Women’s Leadership Programme In its third year, the SISO (Society for Independent Show Organisers) Women’s Leadership Programme has grown to become a full educational programme at both the SISO CEO Summit and the SISO Leadership Conference. The mission of the SISO Women’s group is to provide a forum “where the industry’s aspirational woman comes to be inspired,...

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UFI’s 5 trends  to watch
Expert Opinion
14 Feb 2019

UFI’s 5 trends to watch

By Kai Hattendorf, UFI Managing Director Last year was a memorable one for the global exhibition and business events industry, with much attention on M&A, on changing event formats or ‘festivalisation’, and on a changing global landscape. The UFI team used its Global Congress at the end of 2018 as well as many separate conversations all around the world to identify the core themes that the association...

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Introducing SISO – the Society of Independent Show Organisers
Expert Opinion
06 Feb 2019

Introducing SISO – the Society of Independent Show Organisers

Executive Director David Audrain introduces the Society of Independent Show Organisers, who will be weighing in on a range of industry-related topics in future issues.   SISO is known by many in the global exhibition industry, but many others do not know the true scope of what the organisation entails. SISO is an organisation for ‘independent’ show organising companies, with ‘independent’ being a euphemism for...

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Fever pitch on Brexit
Expert Opinion
30 Jan 2019

Fever pitch on Brexit

James Heappey MP, chair of the UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Group for Events, tells EW about the UK event industry’s Brexit concerns.   The Brexit debate has reached fever pitch, and I’m not sure that anyone is really enjoying it beyond those few politicians and journalists for whom this defines their politics. My constituents tell me that they’re sick of it. Many of them oppose the...

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Exhibiting and the sustainability myth
Expert Opinion
24 Jan 2019

Exhibiting and the sustainability myth

By Saskia Carrington, Quadrant2Design   According to a recent article in Exhibition World, it remains difficult to show clients that sustainable exhibition stands can be flashy, beautiful, and draw in leads from admiring show-goers. This may be true for many designers, but at its heart this statement reflects three fundamental misconceptions about sustainable exhibition stands: They have to be made from cardboard, or better still,...

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M Integrated Solutions’ creative director discusses exhibition stand design
Expert Opinion
24 Jan 2019

M Integrated Solutions’ creative director discusses exhibition stand design

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. Ahead of the awards, EW spoke to John Young, Executive Creative Director at M Integrated Solutions, about the state of stand design today, and where the market is heading in the future.  ...

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Putting the events industry through the #10yearchallenge…
Expert Opinion
23 Jan 2019

Putting the events industry through the #10yearchallenge…

A lot has changed in the last 10 years, with huge technological advancements opening doors for communication and development across all sectors, including the events industry. Nichola Jacklin, National Account Manager at the UK’s Center Parcs, has worked in the conferences & events department for 10 years. In this guest blog, she shares the pivotal changes she has experienced in the events industry over that...

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Which of the industry’s big players are making mistakes in Asia?
Expert Opinion
22 Jan 2019

Which of the industry’s big players are making mistakes in Asia?

Björn Kempe, ExposAsia CEO, takes a look at some of 2018’s big acquisitions and wonders – which of the industry’s big players could be making mistakes on the Eastern continent?   I made a mistake recently as a broker and sent the list of available assets to all my clients openly: a good move? Of course, not. Is it bad? I am not sure since everyone knows...

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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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