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Introducing SISO – the Society of Independent Show Organisers Expert Opinion

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

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

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

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

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

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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Event Horizon: Sustainability is not a fad Expert Opinion

“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

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

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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Too big to succeed? Expert Opinion

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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