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UFI announces Next Generation Leadership Grant programme for 2017

Paris, 14 February 2017 – UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, has launched its 2017 Next Generation Leadership (NGL) grant and is inviting talented events professionals from around the world to apply.

UFI will award grants to up to five future leaders who have shown exceptional initiative in driving change and innovation in their area of the exhibition industry.

Together, the winners will investigate the future of exhibitions, working closely with the team at UFI headquarters in Paris. They will present their findings in a special session at the 84th UFI Global Congress in Johannesburg (South Africa) – the world exhibition industry’s leading annual global event.

“UFI’s NGL grant is all about promoting the talent we have in the exhibition industry – and giving our best rising professionals the international recognition and opportunities they deserve,” says UFI Managing Director Kai Hattendorf. “When UFI set up the NGL scheme last year it generated enormous global interest. It is exciting to drive this project forward as it facilitates the dialogue between the generations,” he adds.

Share your vision

Last year’s inaugural NGL competition attracted applications from 16 countries. Chaired by UFI President Sergey Alexeev, the international jury selected five winners: Adeline Larroque Desages, Qatar Tourism Authority (Qatar); Jennifer Feeney, Freeman XP (US); Vineet Mahajan, Reed India (India); Farokh Shahabi Nezhad, Eventbox (Iran); and Matthias Pollmann, Koelnmesse (Germany).

In a ground-breaking session at the UFI Global Congress in Shanghai in November, all five 2016 NGL winners set out their visions for the future, drawing an audience of more than 400 high-ranking exhibition professionals.

NGL prize

The 2017 NGL grant is open to anyone who works full-time in the exhibition industry, and has done so for no more than ten years. The grant includes:

• global recognition among exhibition professionals before, during and after the UFI Global Congress;

• opportunity to enhance network with peers and industry leaders worldwide;

• interviews in exhibition industry media;

• expert guidance throughout the project.

The grant covers travel and accommodation to take part in the UFI European Conference in Cologne (Germany) on 10-12 May and the UFI Global Congress on 1-4 November 2017.

Applications are open until 26 March 2017. More information is available online.

NGL Grant Media Release

UFI invites the world to join Global Exhibitions Day 2017

– GED is a day to celebrate the exhibition industry and the people who work in it!
– GED17 highlights the power of face-to-face exhibitions to boost business, jobs and investment – and inspire millions.
– GED17 – “Think Global, Act Local” – 7 June 2017

Paris, 7 February 2017 Preparations are underway for Global Exhibitions Day (#GED17) on 7 June 2017, and UFI the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry is inviting people around the world to get involved.
Global Exhibitions Day is a chance to celebrate the exhibition industry and highlight its positive impact on jobs, business, innovation and local investment.
Online, and through an array of national and local events, people on every continent are expected to join the GED17 campaign, from venues and organisers to students, local partners and public authorities.
“UFI is calling on everyone working in exhibitions and trade shows to take part in Global Exhibitions Day on 7 June, and share their initiatives loud and proud!” says Dr Andreas Gruchow, President of UFI, which built the global GED network last year and coordinates the global effort together with a GED17 task force.
“In 2016 the inaugural GED brought our industry together for the first time ever to promote the value of exhibitions worldwide. It created a real buzz, and GED17 will be even bigger: it’s an exciting joint global effort that looks set to grow every year,” says Dr Gruchow.

Thanks to UFI’s unique network of national exhibition associations, exhibition professionals are already stepping up with plans for GED17 activities in their countries.

With the title Think Global, Act Local, GED17 puts a special focus on the human side of face-to-face exhibitions. It will highlight the business and marketing opportunities, diverse jobs, inspirational exchanges and local investment created by the exhibition industry worldwide.

To show the value of exhibitions, UFI estimates that:
– Over 260 million visitors – and 4.4 million exhibiting companies – attend exhibitions every year
– Exhibitions give generate a high return on investment for participants. On average, for every euro spent, exhibiting companies get two euros return before the end of the show – and eight euros return in total within three to ten months after the exhibition
– Visitors and companies spend around EUR 98 billion (US$109 billion) going to exhibitions each year
About half of this expenditure benefits the exhibition industry directly (organisers, venues…), and the other half goes into local tourism-related activities (accommodation, transport…)
– The exhibition industry provides 680,000 full time equivalent jobs in sales, marketing, operations and other fields

These figures and other key messages about the exhibition industry are available on UFI’s website for all to share during the GED17 campaign.

In 2016, the first ever Global Exhibitions Day mobilised thousands of industry professionals from 60 countries. National events and company-wide GED activities included LiveCom Academy, Let’s Meet at the Fair, a ‘sympathy sleepout’ and a GED run. There were meetings with government officials, press conferences, seminars and open houses. Social media also buzzed with #GED activity. The Facebook group received on average 200 new members a day in the run-up to GED, and countless photos, videos, GIFs, media releases, articles and discussions were shared with tens of thousands of supporters.

How to get involved in this year’s GED, and become part of a growing global community:
– Check the list of national associations to find your nearest GED17 event
– Find inspiration for setting up your own GED17 initiative
– Use the GED17 promotional toolkit – logos and social media guides
– Follow GED17 latest developments and motivate your friends and colleagues to spread the word: twitter @GED_2017, GED facebook group, …

UFI is the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry. With over 700 members in 74 countries, we bring together those who build, maintain, and support the world’s market places: trade show organisers, venue owners and operators, service providers, and national as well as international associations of our industry.
Today we count 38 GED partner associations under the UFI umbrella: AAXO (South Africa), AEFI (Italy), AEO (UK), AFE (Spain), AFECA (Asia), AFIDA (Central & South America), AMPROFEC (Mexico), AOCA (Argentina), AUMA (Germany), CAEM (Canada), CEFA (Central Europe), CENTREX (Central Europe), CFI (Italy), EEAA (Australasia), EEIA (EU), EFU (Ukraine), EMECA (Europe), EXSA (South Africa), FAIRLINK (Sweden), FAMAB (Germany), HKECIA (Hong-Kong), IAEE (USA), IDFA (Germany), IECA (Indonesia), IEIA (India), IELA (Global), LECA (Lebanon), MACEOS (Malaysia), MFTA (Macao), PCEI (Poland), RUEF (Russia), SACEOS (Singapore), SECB (Singapore), SISO (USA), TEA (Thailand), TFOA (Turkey), UBRAFE (Brazil) and UNIMEV (France).
For country information, please contact UFI’s relevant national partner association:

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