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Exhibition Industry in Asia debates disruption
Paris/Hong Kong – 25th February 2016: Around 270 delegates from 21 countries and territories gathered in Chiang Mai this week to discuss and debate the future of the exhibition industry. Technology, and the internet in particular, has long been a potential opportunity as well as a source of concern to business event organisers. At this year’s UFI Open Seminar in Asia, industry leaders shared their views on the future of the exhibition industry as more and more event-related online platforms and mobile apps come to market. The 11th edition of the seminar was held in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai and was hosted by UFI Diamond Sponsor, Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB). The event featured two days of networking and learning as well as a Sustainable Development Focus Meeting, a CEO Golf Tournament, committee meetings, city tours and much more. Kai Hattendorf, UFI’s Managing Director, stated: “More than a third of UFI’s membership is now based in Asia, so it’s not surprising that the UFI Open Seminar in Asia has become our second largest event after the global Congress. This seminar has grown into an essential platform for the Asian exhibition industry to meet and discuss the issues and challenges facing our industry in the region. Given the rapid rise of technology-driven solutions, this year’s seminar was a particularly robust discussion about the forces shaping the future of our industry.” Supawan Teerarat, Vice President at TCEB commented: “TCEB has a long-running and valued relationship with UFI, so we were honoured to host the 11th UFI Open Seminar in Asia. The exhibition industry in Thailand continues to goes from strength to strength and so we were delighted to have the opportunity to showcase Thailand’s world-class venues and service capabilities to our colleagues from around the region.” As always, the seminar featured an engaging line-up of industry leaders. ITE Group’s Digital Director Baris Onay opened the seminar with his take on the convergence of digital tools and face-to-face events. Mao Daben and Gu Xuebin discussed the latest innovations in China, Asia’s largest exhibition market. Koelnmesse’s Christian Glasmacher moderated a panel that explored mobile marketing trends at events. Other speakers included SISO’s David Audrain, jwc’s Gerd Weber, Tracy Short of SMG Malaysia, and many others. The programme also included a sold-out Sustainable Development Focus Meeting, the second edition of the UFI CEO golf tournament, a members’ meeting of UFI’s Asia Pacific Chapter as well as an UFI Associations Committee Meeting. In addition to TCEB, our host and Diamond Sponsor, other key supporters of this Open Seminar in Asia were Diamond Sponsors: Global Experience Specialists (GES) and Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE). The seminar’s Silver Sponsor was the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB).
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ICE becomes UFI Diamond Sponsor
Paris: 9 February 2016:

Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE) has signed an agreement with UFI – The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry to become a Diamond Sponsor.

Located in South of Jakarta, newly-opened ICE is the largest exhibition and convention centre in Indonesia with 50,000 m² indoor exhibition space, a 4,000 m² convention centre, 33 meeting rooms and an adjacent 284-room hotel. ICE is operated by Deutsche Messe Venue Operations and aims to provide world-class services to exhibition organisers, exhibitors and visitors.

 Aage Hansen, President Director of ICE says: ”Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE) is the largest convention and exhibition centre in Indonesia which has already in its short operating period shown a positive growth impact on the region as a whole thus far. With the industry both growing and changing rapidly we need to pro-actively identify key platforms to showcase our unique venue and product offering. We believe that this partnership with UFI will be the catalyst not only to ensure our positioning as an industry leader but to continue with our brand awareness drive through one of the most progressive international associations, UFI."

 Kai Hattendorf, Managing Director of UFI, added: "We are delighted to welcome ICE as the newest UFI Diamond Sponsor. In the coming years our industry is expected to go through major changes, and it is our mission to support our global members in adapting to these changing industry conditions. It is through partnerships like this with ICE that we are able to ‘go the extra mile’ and jointly serve exhibition organisers, venues, service providers, and industry associations even better."

The UFI Diamond Sponsorship programme offers selected partners of the exhibition industry a unique opportunity to support UFI in its global mission while mutually benefitting from the networking opportunities the globally leading association of the exhibition industry has to offer.

Photo of ICE signing ceremony. From left to right: Sergey Alexeev, UFI President and Aage Hansen, President Director of ICE
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