10 October 2017, Paris, France: Change is the one consistent in business life and the industry of exhibitions is no exemption. The global exhibition industry is esteemed at roughly €49 billion/$55 billion. At display, the industry is becoming quicker than the global economy all in all. So as to keep up this force and to additionally develop their individual portfolios, industry pioneers need to always audit, reflect and rethink existing conditions.
Facilitated by the Johannesburg Expo Centre, the 84th Global Congress, UFI’s flagship event, will occur at the Sandton Convention Centre in the core of the business region, from the 1 – 4 November 2017. UFI’s Global Congress has earned the notoriety of being “the exhibition industry’s global meeting”, and with members anticipated that would go to from more than 50 nations, UFI is satisfying that notoriety once more.
“Raising the Odds – Pressures and Profits”, is the fundamental subject chose during the current year’s congress. With developing vulnerabilities both politically and monetarily, in addition to an ever-quicker digitization around the globe, it is the perfect time to concentrate on adjusting, conquering obstructions and advancement to guarantee the industry isn’t just managed yet proceeds on a dynamic way.
The extended Congress program will start on Wednesday noon, with unique programming on Wednesday evening around event technology and goals. Extra sessions have additionally been included the Friday evening to associate the global industry with business openings in Africa.
“I generally anticipate UFI’s Global Congress. It is the perfect event to gage the wellness of the industry and benchmark against associates and rivals in healthy rivalry. It offers chance to talk about industry themes with similarly invested associates and keep the energy of exhibitions fit as a fiddle. I especially appreciate viewing the up and coming age of pioneers share their enthusiasm of the industry, engrossing intelligence from stalwarts, which sustains and keeps up a vigorous, prosperous industry” says UFI President Andreas Gruchow.
The official program will start on Thursday 2 November with the Keynote speaker; Johan Reyneke, a South African winemaker and surfing champion. Johan made South Africa’s first biodynamic vineyard and winery and is quick to share his experience: the difficulties and triumphs, the will to beat deterrents through change to end up plainly an effective business visionary.
Another intriguing perspective will originate from the New Generation Leaders, who were effectively chosen for the UFI 2017 NGL Grant Program. The concentrate of their introduction is on feasible development and brilliant exhibitions. The five grantees begin from Lebanon, Germany, South Africa, Turkey and the United Kingdom, offering an assorted perspective on this pertinent theme from the more youthful agents of our industry.
The two parallel sessions; Pressures, Profits and Opportunities in Emerging Markets and the Hot Seat Interview will offer knowledge into how industry experts confronted challenges head-on, dove into new markets and learnt through experimentation to receive the benefits of effective events. These sessions offer contextual analyses and direct experience to the members, with the sharing of learning and experience to profit the industry in general.
Stamp Brewster from UFI look into accomplice Explore will unload and audit information picked up from the most recent research on exhibitor desires. It is safe to say that we are excessively complacent about our clients’ level of fulfilment? Is it accurate to say that we are set up to move into the “threat zone”, and address what they truly think? He will talk about with industry heavyweights from UBM, Informa and Messe München.
Proceeding with the theme of progress, an extraordinary session on Changing Formats challenges the customary arrangement of exhibitions where specialists affirm that going out on a limb, rolling out improvements and revaluation can prompt achievement.
Incorporated into the program is the wide determination of parallel events, going deeper into particular subjects. Specific vested parties (SIG) will address current patterns and present issues on Large Venue Management, Human Resources, Digital Disruption, Government joint effort and another SIG on UFI Insights that will be a refresh for current UFI individuals, and a preliminary for new ones.
The Best Practices SIG will exhibit global industry best practices by soliciting in front of an audience the winners from the 2017 UFI Award programs. Speakers will share their proposition, methodologies as well as projects that were considered exceptional – on issues going from advertising to operations, from supportability to computerized development.
Shutting the fundamental program of the congress will be Jochen Witt displaying his global audit of the industry. Jochen Witt is a standout amongst the most well-known speakers at the congress; and fairly so. With this being his tenth commemoration, Jochen will a think back finished the most recent ten years, and survey how the real exhibition players have fared amid that time. He will likewise display an examination of global legislative issues and the economies of the nations where the exhibition industry is most grounded.
Time to reflect
UFI’s General Assembly will happen in front of the primary Congress programming on Wednesday 1 November. With numerous UFI individuals booked to land in Johannesburg that morning, a finger fork/mixed drink lunch will welcome everybody on entry before the get together. In light of a year ago prosperity, the UFI Xchange sessions have been re-presented during the current year: one on goals, the other on EventTech.
“To have an effect is to be included, to instill yourself into this dynamic energizing world that we are altogether favoured to be a piece of. It is through diligent work, devotion and assurance that the exhibition industry is manageable and can make such a commendable commitment to the overall economy. I am anticipating inviting you to South Africa and to our 84th Congress”, says UFI Managing Director/CEO Kai Hattendorf.
UFI’s Global Congress not just offers quality substance of contextual investigations, expert introductions and intelligent talks, it is likewise a stage for industry experts to join over basic premiums, share experiences and produce organizations together amid the many systems administration breaks and social projects. It is the perfect meeting spot to meet or reacquaint with industry associates and get up to speed with long-lasting companions.
Members will experience African themed nighttimes of customary sustenance and deep music that makes this land so one of a kind. They will likewise have the chance to explore the historical backdrop of South Africa or savor the experience of their natural life amid the post-congress visits. South Africa is an energetic, beautiful nation, loaded with energy and guarantee. This will be an extraordinary experience, fashioned in the brains of members long after the sun goes down.