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On the occasion of TradeFairTimes‘ 13th Anniversary special, we asked Exhibition fraternity members as to what they think of TFT. Following are their responses.

“We are happy to be a part of the Indian trade fair fraternity’s home ground magazine” – Raj Manek

“Raj Manek, Managing Director & Member of the Board – Messe Frankfurt Asia Holdings.”

TFT What do you think about TradeFairTimes – in terms of content, articles, interviews and other sections?

RM I have always found TFT to have balanced coverage, never one-sided or highlighting a particular organisation or association.

TFT On a scale of 1 to 10, where do you rate TFT?

RM 8. Mainly because of good content, design can be worked on.

TFT Which according to you was the best edition of TFT for the year 2018?

RM Not sure about the editions.

TFT What would you like to suggest that can benefit TFT?

RM The magazine can reduce the number of press releases and include more industry-oriented stories/facts/figures – as we do not have any go-to source of this for the Indian exhibition industry.

TFT What fresh introductions would you like to see in TFT for the upcoming year?

RM Highlight more industry challenges, industry updates – follow-up on venue, policies that can put pressure or create impact.

TFT Would you recommend TFT to others in the industry?

RM Yes.

TFT Do you agree as a reader with the policies of TFT being aggressive, honest and upfront, or would you like to suggest any changes in the content?

RM Yes.

TFT Your review of TFT.

RM We are happy to be a part of the Indian trade fair fraternity’s home ground magazine which is a great source of ‘inside information’ for any exhibition industry professional. The quality and relevance of the content for its target readership is commendable.

Heartiest congratulations on the Anniversary Issue. We look forward to the next read!



“TFT is a great publication to really understand what is happening in the industry and a very valuable read to see the evolution of exhibitions in this global region” – Stephan Murtagh

“Stephan Murtagh, Managing Director – The Exhibition Guy/Your Sales Coach”

TFT What do you think about TradeFairTimes – in terms of content, articles, interviews and other sections?

SM Great articles and really informative on all aspects of the industry.

TFT On a scale of 1 to 10, where do you rate TFT?

SM 8.

TFT Which according to you was the best edition of TFT for the year 2018?

SM I found October 2018 edition to be the best.

TFT What would you like to suggest that can benefit TFT?

SM Maybe a page of Exhibition statistics or new trends in the industry page.

TFT What kind of changes and fresh introductions would you like to see in TFT for the upcoming year?

SM Changes – none that I can think of. For additions – more Q & A pages with interviews from people in the industry. I would be happy to do one.

TFT Would you recommend TFT to others in the industry?

SM Yes.

TFT Do you agree as a reader with the policies of TFT being aggressive, honest and upfront, or would you like to suggest any changes in the content?

SM It’s important that publications like this are really honest about what is happening in our industry and sometimes these views are not what readers want but are honest and that’s the real value of publications like this.

TFT Your review of TFT.

SM TFT is a great publication to really understand what is happening in the industry and a very valuable read to see the evolution of exhibitions in this global region.



“Fairly comprehensive and in-depth articles. Good job” – Ashish Gupta

“Ashish Gupta, Director – MCO Winmark Exhibitions Pvt. Ltd.”

TFT What do you think about TradeFairTimes – in terms of content, articles, interviews and other sections?

AG Fairly comprehensive and in-depth articles. Good job.

TFT On a scale of 1 to 10, where do you rate TFT?

AG TFT is a good tabloid for exhibition industry, but since there is always a scope for improvement, I will rate it at 6.

TFT Which according to you was the best edition of TFT for the year 2018?

AG Cannot remember details of all editions, all were good.

TFT What would you like to suggest that can benefit TFT?

AG I have not checked the website of TFT, but we should be able to see past issues on the website. Also information should be broken into so that we can search for articles on past subjects, and not go into pdf files of each past issue and then search. You should convert all articles into web based formats just like in any e-commerce portal.

TFT What kind of changes and fresh introductions would you like to see in TFT for the upcoming year?

AGThere should be an online Job section and a Q & A section where anybody can post a question, and get replies from anybody (See Quora).

TFT Would you recommend TFT to others in the industry?

AG Not sure what value TFT brings to an exhibition organiser, so there has to be some USP on the magazine that makes it referable. Right now I am not able to tell anybody to refer for any specific value. Yes, I do tell people to look when they ask about industry connected media.

TFT Do you agree as a reader with the policies of TFT being aggressive, honest and upfront, or would you like to suggest any changes in the content?

AG Take up where it matters the most. Being upfront with organisers is easy. Anyway, we live in glass showcases, anybody and everybody can talk anything about us. How about venues and government agencies. These need to be made answerable as both enjoy monopolistic position and attitude.

TFT Your review of TFT.

AG Define the value you bring to the industry in a tangible deliverable or mission statement.



“TradeFairTimes provides timely, up-to-date information on various subjects related to trade and industry which not only benefits large corporates but MSMEs as well” – Rupa Naik

“Rupa Naik, Senior Director – World Trade Centre Mumbai”

TFT What do you think about TradeFairTimes – in terms of content, articles, interviews and other sections?

RN Highly informative.

TFT On a scale of 1 to 10, where do you rate TFT?

RN 8.

TFT Which according to you was the best edition of TFT for the year 2018?

RN December 2018 edition was the best.

TFT What would you like to suggest that can benefit TFT?

RN Maybe by featuring and promoting more trade-related programmes.

TFT What kind of changes and fresh introductions would you like to see in TFT for the upcoming year?

RN More articles and interviews on trade-related opportunities & events along with International events focused at MSME participation.

TFT Would you recommend TFT to others in the industry?

RN Yes. We would be happy to share an electronic copy of the monthly tabloid to World Trade Centres across the globe.

TFT Do you agree as a reader with the policies of TFT being aggressive, honest and upfront, or would you like to suggest any changes in the content?

RN Yes.

TFT Your review of TFT.

RN TradeFairTimes provides timely, up-to-date information on various subjects related to trade and industry which not only benefits large corporates but MSMEs as well.


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