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GLOBAL EXHIBITIONS DAY 2021: EUROPEAN EXHIBITION INDUSTRY ALLIANCE PUBLISHES NEW POSITION PAPER

The European Exhibition Industry - welcomes the EU Digital Covid Certificate and urges all European countries to restore and maintain safe travel for business purposes at any time  - calls for recognising and involving trade fairs and other professional events as the key instrument for green and digital transformation of all industries   Industry and business communities need live exhibitions and events As vaccination campaigns are advancing fast and additional safeguards like Covid tests and health protocols are widely available, it is high time for companies and R&D communities to resume their most efficient way of meeting and doing business. While the exhibition and events industry has proven rapid development and adaptation of… read more

GLOBAL EXHIBITIONS DAY 2021

Our message for GED 2021: Exhibitions are the key instrument to implement and accelerate transformation towards sustainable and digital economies!   On the occasion of this year’s Global Exhibitions Day, we discussed the state of our industry in Europe at this point of the pandemic, the perspectives for reopening & restarting and explore opportunities for the mid and… read more

EU DIALOGUE AND UPDATE IN RECOGNITION OF GLOBAL EXHIBITIONS DAY - 01.06.2021

On the occasion of this year’s Global Exhibitions Day, we will discuss the state of our industry in Europe at this point of the pandemic, the perspectives for reopening & restarting and explore opportunities for the mid and long term with Eric Philippart from the European Commission. Testimonials from several countries and subsectors of the exhibition industry will… read more

EUROPE’S TRAVEL & TOURISM SECTOR WELCOMES ADOPTION OF “EU DIGITAL COVID CERTIFICATE” REGULATION AND URGES SWIFT IMPLEMENTATION

The European Tourism Manifesto alliance of more than 60 travel and tourism organisations warmly welcomes the adoption of the “EU Digital COVID Certificate” Regulation. The Alliance calls on Member States to ensure swift implementation before July to support the restart of the sector in time for the vital summer season, and to restore freedom of movement within the EU and… read more

EEIA RELEASES REPORT OF EU AND GOVT. MEASURES TO MITIGATE COVID-19 CRISIS

+++++ UPDATED LIST MAY 13, 2020 +++++ EEIA RELEASES DOCUMENTATION ON ECONOMIC MEASURES TAKEN BY GOVERNMENTS TO SUPPORT EXHIBITION INDUSTRY TO MITIGATE COVID-19 CRISIS Report shows EU and national governments’ support for businesses and the economy in general Report also covers action taken by the exhibition industry to provide support to communities through the COVID-19 crisis The European Exhibition Industry Alliance (EEIA), which is a partnership between UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry and EMECA, the European Major Exhibition Centres Association, is today releasing documentation that lists support from the EU and national governments in Europe for businesses in general, and the exhibition industry in particular.  “By… read more

EUROPE’S EXHIBITION INDUSTRY - WELCOMES EUROPEAN COMMISSION’S GREEN CERTIFICATE PROPOSAL AND COMMON PATH TO SAFE RE-OPENING - DEMANDS SPECIAL FOCUS ON BUSINESS TRAVEL

“EEIA welcomes the European Commission’s legislative proposal to create a Digital Green Certificate to resume safe travel in the EU. We now call upon the European Parliament and the Member States to ensure its quick approval and its swift technical implementation. We also expect that it will be interoperable with other international systems to facilitate travel on a global scale”, says Barbara Weizsäcker, Secretary General. The Digital Green Certificate is planned to be common, interoperable and mutually recognised within the EU, proving that a person has been vaccinated, tested or recovered from a Covid-19 infection. It will be free of charge, non-discriminatory and shall ensure minimum restrictions to travel. Additionally, the communication on a… read more

TOURISM MANIFESTO - TOURISM4RECOVERY: TRAVEL & TOURISM STAKEHOLDERS URGE INVESTMENT IN SUSTAINABLE TOURISM AS PART OF EU RECOVERY

- Over 60 European organisations call for tourism to be firmly anchored in EU national Recovery and Resilience plans. - European Tourism Manifesto alliance presents list of reforms and investment ideas to support tourism and make EU economies more resilient. - New #Tourism4Recovery campaign launched to support the call and showcase impact of investments in sustainable tourism.   The European Tourism Manifesto alliance, which represents over 60 European travel & tourism stakeholders covering the whole value chain of travel operations across Europe, has called on European governments to include tourism as a strategic part of their national Recovery and Resilience plans. The ‘Call for Action: Accelerate Social and Economic Recovery by Investing… read more

THE EUROPEAN EXHIBITION INDUSTRY WELCOMES EUROPEAN COUNCIL PLAN TO DEVELOP DIGITAL VACCINATION CERTIFICATE AND CALLS UPON EU TOURISM MINISTERS TO SAFELY RESTORE TRAVEL IN A COORDINATED APPROACH

Fragmented travel regulations and restrictions within the EU and globally remain a major barrier for international exhibitions and professional events to resume business. Instead, increasing and speeding-up vaccinations combined with cost-effective rapid testing and intelligent tracing solutions will foster both the protection of health and enable travel within Europe and worldwide and to start the economic recovery.  EU-wide and globally compatible digital health certificates are a key tool to re-establish confidence among travellers, freedom of movement and rebuilding connectivity. Such application should be of use to the entire travel and hospitality chain and include specifically trade fairs and business events for safe and seamless experience.… read more

TOURISM MANIFESTO - EUROPE'S TRAVEL & TOURISM SECTOR CALLS ON EU GOVERNMENTS TO CHART RESTART PLAN IN TIME FOR SUMMER

Over 60 travel and tourism organisations unveil concrete recommendations for re-opening travel & tourism in Europe, including creation of Commission-led Task Force to restore freedom of movement.  The European Tourism Manifesto alliance, a group of more than 60 public and private travel and tourism organisations and the voice of the sector in Europe, today unveiled a series of joint recommendations for EU Member States on how to relaunch travel and tourism in Europe in time for summer 2021. At the heart of the recommendations is the development of an EU roadmap for safely restoring travel once countries emerge from national lockdowns to be developed and implemented in close cooperation with industry and social partners. A dedicated Commission… read more

TOURISM MANIFESTO - CALL FOR ACTION: ACCELERATE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC RECOVERY BY INVESTING IN SUSTAINABLE TOURISM DEVELOPMENT

The new Recovery and Resilience Facility, proposed by the European Commission to help the EU rebuild after the pandemic, offers an unprecedented opportunity to support tourism-related reforms to ensure that the sector helps to drive digital and green transitions, and thereby strengthens both economic and social resilience. Following its urgent call to Member States to make tourism a strategic element in their national recovery plans, the European Tourism Manifesto alliance has published a detailed paper presenting a non-exhaustive list of reforms and investment ideas related to travel and tourism that would contribute to making EU countries’ economies more resilient, so we will be better prepared to respond to future opportunities and challenges.… read more

EEIA REPORT ON EUROPEAN STATE AID FOR COVID-19

The EEIA has published an updated report on measures taken by European governments to support the exhibition industry through the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The report, first published in March last year, shows support programmes for the exhibition industry specifically, as well as programmes for businesses in general. The report aims to support lobbying and advocacy efforts by providing easily accessible and comparable country-based information about various programmes across Europe.  Similar reports for other regions will be published by UFI shortly, together with an executive summary highlighting global best practices in terms of government programmes and support. “By gathering and sharing examples of general financial measures and dedicated… read more

EUROPEAN EXHIBITION INDUSTRY ALLIANCE WELCOMES EU COUNCIL RAPID ANTIGEN TESTS AND VACCINATION DECISIONS AND CALLS FOR SPEEDY IMPLEMENTATION

“EEIA welcomes yesterday’s European Council decisions related to rapid antigen tests and vaccinations. Even though the current situation justifies the current restrictions to contain the infections, Europe should prepare as quickly as possible to support and empower free movement of people, especially for business purposes, in a safe and controlled way”, says Barbara Weizsäcker, Secretary General.  Strengthening the use of rapid antigen tests and the mutual recognition of COVID-19 test results along with accelerating vaccinations will contribute to containing the pandemic and resuming safe and seamless travel in a responsible manner. Furthermore, building a common system of proof for tests and vaccinations is vital.  Therefore, EEIA calls for the… read more

EEIA POSITION PAPER ON DIGITAL VACCINATION CERTIFICATE / IATA TRAVEL PASS

Exhibition Industry supports- Greek initiative for EU digital vaccination certificate - Global solution with IATA Travel pass  EU and global travel regulations still major barrier Fragmented and quickly changing travel restrictions and quarantine/test requirements within the EU and globally remain a major barrier for international exhibitions and professional events to resume business. Quarantine days for business travellers have a major impact on single business and economic activity in general. Instead, increasing and speeding-up vaccinations combined with targeted, intelligent and cost-effective testing and tracing solutions at the appropriate scale for travellers should prevent quarantine. It would foster both the protection of health and… read more

UFI CONNECTS ONLINE SESSION

Exploring synergies with Enterprise Europe Network – Helping companies innovate and grow internationally In these challenging times, cross-fertilization is key. The Exhibition Industry should look outside their usual sphere, discover different approaches and initiate new collaborations. The Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) could be such an example. EEN is a successful… read more

RICARD ZAPATERO, INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS DIRECTOR OF FIRA DE BARCELONA, ELECTED EMECA PRESIDENT 2021-2022

Ricard Zapatero, International Business Director of Fira de Barcelona, has been elected as EMECA President for the upcoming period 2021-2022. Maurits van der Sluis, COO of RAI Amsterdam and current EMECA President, will take up the role of Vice President Strategy for the next term. Additionally, according to the election cycle, two more positions were to be filled: Roland… read more

THE LARGEST EUROPEAN EXHIBITION CENTRES HEAVILY IMPACTED BY THE CRISIS ARE MOBILISING FOR A REOPENING ON 1 SEPTEMBER 2020 AT THE LATEST

The EMECA association, which represents the European major exhibitions centres, alerts on the urgency of their reopening and calls for strong financial support from European and national public authorities to ensure the survival and the economic recovery of an entire industry. European exhibitions promise to deploy on all venues sanitary facilities meeting the highest sanitary standards and ensure the safety of exhibitors and visitors. The European exhibition industry, global leader in terms of capacity, quality and location is one of the sectors most strongly impacted by the Covid-19 crisis, as are travel and tourism. “Exhibitions are a source of business and socio-economic impact as well as a source of social ties. However, now that we are ready… read more

GLOBAL EXHIBITIONS DAY 2020

Our message for GED 2020: EXHIBITIONS ARE KEY TO REBUILDING ECONOMIES! We will concentrate on the idea of connecting, reconnecting, starting and rebuilding communities and economies. We want to promote the message that face-to-face exhibitions are the fastest way to reconnect with your marketplace and that the connections made at exhibitions will lead to the renewal of… read more

EEIA RELEASES REPORT OF EU AND GOVT. MEASURES TO MITIGATE COVID-19 CRISIS

+++++ UPDATED LIST APRIL 24, 2020 +++++ EEIA RELEASES DOCUMENTATION ON ECONOMIC MEASURES TAKEN BY GOVERNMENTS TO SUPPORT EXHIBITION INDUSTRY TO MITIGATE COVID-19 CRISIS Report shows EU and national governments’ support for businesses and the economy in general Report also covers action taken by the exhibition industry to provide support to communities through the COVID-19 crisis The European Exhibition Industry Alliance (EEIA), which is a partnership between UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry and EMECA, the European Major Exhibition Centres Association, is today releasing documentation that lists support from the EU and national governments in Europe for businesses in general, and the exhibition industry in particular.  “By… read more

CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK – IMPACT ON THE EUROPEAN EXHIBITION INDUSTRY

Remedies to ease the emergency and allow recovery Number of exhibitions cancelled or postponed in Europe: over 220 The outbreak of the coronavirus has created a complex situation and impacted the exhibition industry heavily. Over 500 trade fairs and exhibitions have already been cancelled or postponed globally. Initially, the main consequences were felt directly in Asia, but now more than 220 trade fairs in Europe have been cancelled or postponed. This creates huge domino effects for many industries. Both sides, companies that are involved in staging exhibitions and the companies that exhibit or source on trade fairs are already massively suffering under the current wave of postponements and cancellations. Business generated by companies that… read more

EMECA STATEMENT ON THE NOVEL CORONA VIRUS OUTBREAK

The exhibition industry serves a highly integrated global economy. We benefit from its advantages and are affected by its disadvantages in times of crisis. Currently, the outbreak of the Covit-19 hits people in China very hard and it starts expanding its effects into many countries around the world. We express our deep sympathy and support to everyone affected by the virus. The exhibitions we organise are platforms for industries to showcase their innovations, products and services and for people to meet personally. These sectors have global value chains and serve markets worldwide. If they are interrupted the effects are also visible on the show-floors around the world. Disruptions may be caused by political challenges like trade wars or practical… read more

2019 ANOTHER YEAR WITH REVENUE GROWTH FOR EMECA MEMBERS - NEC BIRMINGHAM BACK AS EMECA MEMBER - ELZBIETA ROESKE AND HERBERT MARNER EMECA BOARD MEMBERS 2020

Continued growth including again record results for many EMECA members was reported during its General Assembly held at VIPARIS, Porte de Versailles. A good level of investments into infrastructure and digitalisation persists. Besides, all members continue broaden their offer and to increase their sales in services. On the downside, external threats like the persisting… read more

PENGUINPASS WINS THE EMECA DIGITAL BUSINESS INNOVATION PLATFORM – INDOOR NAVIGATION COMPETITION

“Penguinpass has been declared the winner of the Digital Business Innovation Platform – Indoor Navigation competition”, announces Maurits van der Sluis, President of EMECA. “After careful evaluation, the C-level decision makers of the leading trade fair organisations in Europe have voted for the solution offered by Penguinpass”. During the General Assembly, taking… read more

EMECA CELEBRATES GLOBAL EXHIBITIONS DAY 5TH JUNE 2019

Happy Global Exhibitions Day! EMECA celebrates Global Exhibitions Day #GED19 today during its General Assembly at Koelnmesse with its Members. Global Exhibitions Day is held annually on the first Wednesday of June. Find more informatione here. read more

NEW EEIA VIDEO "IMAGINE A PLACE... EUROPE. WHERE THE WORLD MEETS"

Right on time for Global Exhibition Day, EEIA, the European Exhibition Industry Alliance, presents "Imagine a place... Europe. Where the world meets" to celebrate our European exhibition industry! read more

EMECA DIGITAL BUSINESS INNOVATION PLATFORM – INDOOR NAVIGATION FINALISTS

Five young companies presented their Indoor Navigation systems to the EMECA Digital Business experts at NürnbergMesse. EMECA had called for submission of Indoor Navigation products and services for the exhibition industry. The aim was to identify young companies offering new systems that improve visitor experience and create added value for exhibition organisers, venues and their customers. In addition to the wayfinding system, the applications were expected to offer identification of the right business connections and matching searches with the best suitable goals – be it companies or persons. The technology should be user-friendly, easily accessible and speedy. Roland Bleinroth, CEO Landesmesse Stuttgart and EMECA Vice President underlines: “All… read more

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UFI CONNECTS ONLINE SESSION


16 December 2020

Exploring synergies with Enterprise Europe Network – Helping companies innovate and grow internationally

In these challenging times, cross-fertilization is key. The Exhibition Industry should look outside their usual sphere, discover different approaches and initiate new collaborations. The Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) could be such an example. EEN is a successful network established in 2008 by the European Commission. It is now active in more than 60 countries worldwide and it brings together 3,000 experts from more than 600 member organisations, assisting European SMEs in their internationalisation efforts. Same clients, same intents… how to create synergies?

 

Speakers:

GUNNAR MATTHIESEN - European Commission

FEDERICA LEONETTI - Unioncamere Piemonte

COSTAS KARAMANIS - Production & Management Engineer

SASCHA WENZLER - Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH

 

UFI Connects - Talks, Sessions, Panels online

UFI connects is a programme of regular talks, panels, and webinar sessions – organized by the UFI team for you. The COVID-19 pandemic keeps us as industry professionals apart. But the need to talk, to discuss, and to learn is bigger than ever. UFI connects is a way to stay connected, to get through this pandemic, and to be ready for the time afterwards.

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