Global Exhibitions Day 2018 records big impact

Paris/Worldwide, 7th June: The third edition of Global Exhibition Day (GED) was held on 6th June 2018. GED aims to highlight the industry’s role as a driver of economic growth. According to UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, GED 2018 will be the most important day of advocacy for the exhibition world.


This year’s GED focused on two key objectives: to advocate industry issues with politicians and stakeholders and to find new ways to connect with young people in order to attract the right talent to the exhibition industry. Activities were held in 85 countries and regions on 6th June. A total of 41 GED partner associations united behind this joint advocacy campaign. On Twitter, more than four million Twitter accounts were reached using the #GED18 hashtag.


Both onsite and online activities were held on the day promoting exhibitions as a business platform as well as highlighting opportunities for career and business development.


Kai Hattendorf, UFI Managing Director/CEO, commented, “When we started GED in 2016, we were encouraged by the strong support we received. Now, just two years on, GED has helped all of us make a real difference in obtaining tangible recognition for our industry. So a huge thank-you to everyone – no matter how large or small – who joined in the GED activities.”


GED 2019 will be held on 5th June 2019, the first Wednesday in June.


Source: UFI media release

THAIFEX-World of Food Asia posts record number of visitors

Bangkok, 6th June: The 15th edition of THAIFEX-World of Food Asia concluded earlier this month, attracting a record of over 62,000 trade visitors, an increase of nearly 13% compared with the previous edition in 2017.


Running from 29th May to 2nd June, at IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Center, the five-day show occupied an exhibition area of 107,000 m2, featuring 2,537 exhibitors, a 17% increase year-on-year. Of the visitors, a total of 13,110 were international trade visitors from over 150 countries, representing a year-on-year growth of 9.4%.


Mathias Kuepper, Managing Director, Koelnmesse, was quoted, “The potential of ASEAN is tremendous. We’ve been recording strong double digit growth since 2014, in conjunction with the establishment of the ASEAN Economic Community. In fact, we have been adding an average of 10,000 m2 to the show every year since then, and we’ve even carved out an additional two trade days this year to better facilitate business exchange. This year’s record-breaking figures are a testament to the attractiveness of the ASEAN F&B market, and we’d like to give our heartfelt gratitude to all exhibitors, buyers, and visitors for their constant support.”


The next edition of THAIFEX-World of Food Asia will return to IMPACT running from 28th May to 1st June 2019. The event will introduce products that are free from allergens, such as non-GMO, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, and sugar-free.


Source: THAIFEX-World of Food Asia press release

200+ exhibitors at UBM’s Hyderabad Jewellery Fair

Hyderabad, 8th June: UBM India opened its Hyderabad Jewellery, Pearl and Gem Fair 2018 on 8th June at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre. The three-day show concluded on 10th June.


More than 200 exhibitors attended the show, including jewellery brands, wholesalers, retailers, importers and exporters, jewellery manufacturers, machinery manufacturers, diamond, gemstone, pearl suppliers and traders, precious metal and jewellery traders.


Key highlights of this year’s fair included: an “Artisans’ Zone” featuring innovative artisans and designers who made distinctive jewellery; and the Designer Lounge displaying designs and craftsmanship of leading designers. The event also included seminars, a networking evening and a fashion show.


Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, UBM India commented, “The Hyderabad Gems and Jewellery show is one of our notable fairs catering to the industry Pan India with a focus on South. We are extremely delighted with the fair’s success year-on-year and we will continue to showcase new jewellery trends, an unmatched jewellery portfolio and conduct knowledge sharing seminars to draw wider trade audiences in the years to come.”


Source: Hyderabad Jewellery, Pearl & Gem Fair announcement

ISH China & CIHE 2018 attracts 70,000+ visitors

Beijing, 5th June: Jointly organised by Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) and Beijing B&A Tiger Exhibition Company, the event, ISH China & CIHE – China International Trade Fair for Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning, Sanitation & Home Comfort System was held from 22nd to 24th May 2018. It attracted a total of 70,202 visitors, a 14% increase over last year.


The three-day show was held at the New China International Exhibition Center (NCIEC) in Beijing, showcasing 1,300 exhibitors. According to the organisers, a significant number of exhibitors expanded their booth size this year. Overall, the space sold grew by 8.6%, occupying 116,000 m2.


A new Water Pump Zone was launched this year to accommodate the growing demand from that segment. Other new zones were also introduced this year offering innovative eco-friendly HVAC solutions targeting domestic buyers.


Source: TSNN article

First SILMO Bangkok to be held at IMPACT

Bangkok, 2nd June: The inaugural edition of SILMO Bangkok, an optical and eyewear exhibition targeting the ASEAN region, will be held at IMPACT Exhibition & Convention Center running from 20th to 22nd June 2018.


SILMO Bangkok will be organised by IMPACT Exhibition Management Company and it is expected that approximately 250 brands to be showcased at the show. Organiser is also expecting more than 4,000 trade visitors during the three-day event. The theme of the exhibition will be “Business Meets Fashion”. The show will feature new collections and the latest optical technologies and solutions for the industry in ASEAN region.


Loy Joon How, General Manager, IMPACT, stated, “A highlight feature is the SILMO Pop-Up Store, a special zone showcasing selected collections and iconic products from various brands.  In addition, there are several free-to-attend seminars conducted by renowned speakers, covering various topics… Knowledge exchange is a key component – we are working with The Association of Thai Optometrists to organize a comprehensive educational and accreditation program for optical professionals.”


Source: IMPACT press release

IBTM announces two new appointments

China/U.K., 4th June: Recently, IBTM, part of Reed Travel Exhibitions, announced two new appointments. Shane Hannam will become the portfolio director and Nicole Ci will be the event manager for IBTM China.


Hannam has over 16 years’ experience in the international events industry. He officially assumed this new role on 1st June 2018. Previously, he was sales director – key accounts for Reed Travel Exhibitions.


Nick Pilbeam, divisional director, Reed Travel Exhibitions, stated, “We are delighted to have Shane take over the role of portfolio director. As well as having a deep understanding of the critical success factors for each of IBTM’s events and having been part of the portfolio’s recent evolution, Shane has an excellent track record of working closely with customers to deliver a high-quality experience at our events.”


Ci has eight years’ experience in the events industry in China. Recently, she was project manager for the China Children’s Book Fair where she was responsible for both the B2B and B2C elements of the show.


Hannam, commented, “We are delighted that Nicole has joined us as Event Manager for IBTM China. The event has grown significantly in recent years and we have no doubt that, with Nicole’s experience and professionalism, she will lead the event from strength to strength. We look forward to another successful edition of IBTM China in September.”


Sources: Conference News article, Exhibition World article

Pico Thailand’s revenue up 26% in Q2

Bangkok, 6th June: Earlier this week, Pico Thailand, the Thai-listed subsidiary of Pico Far East Holdings, released its results for the quarter ended 30th April 2018. Revenues in the quarter were US$14 million, a year-on-year increase of 26%. Meanwhile, the company posted a drop of 33% in net profit, down to US$411,000.

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100+ exhibitors at Asian Paper & Tissue World Bangkok

Bangkok, 6th June: The first co-located Asian Paper & Tissue World Bangkok opened on 6th June, at Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC), showcasing over 100 exhibiting companies from 18 countries, with their latest technologies and solutions serving the pulp, paper, tissue, packaging industries.

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