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Changes to UFI’s educational programmes

–  Postponement of UFI Sustainable Development Forum Paris
–  Postponement of UFI VMS Macau
–  Cancellation of UFI EMD Macau

Paris/Hong Kong – 1 April: Following the recent developments of new, serious outbreaks of the COVID-19 virus around the world, many countries have tightened their border controls and limited public gatherings.

Based on these developments, UFI has reviewed and adapted the scheduling of three of its education programmes. This leads to postponements and a cancellation. Although this is disappointing, of course, we at UFI always put the health and safety of our members and staff first.

UFI Forum on Sustainable Development

This event will now take place in 2021, and we will work with the hosts, sponsors and speakers on the next steps. “In the meantime, UFI will maintain opportunities for the sharing of best practices, and develop several online sessions on focused topics” said Christian Druart, Secretary of the UFI Sustainable Development Working Group.

UFI VMS and UFI EMD Macau

The UFI VMA Venue Management School (VMS) will be postponed to a later date this year. “Like many of you faced with similar decisions, and after discussions with our hosts in Macau, we have opted to postpone the VMS until later in the year.  As soon as we have confirmed the new dates, we will share them with you”, commented Mark Cochrane, UFI Regional Manager Asia/Pacific.

The 2020 UFI-EMD edition in Macau will be cancelled, after conferring with our hosts. Based on the UFI community’s feedback, we know that June is the best time during the year when this week-long programme can be held. We will continue to work hard to bring high quality education to Macau.

The UFI team will make every effort to confirm and announce the new date for the Macau edition of the UFI-VMA Venue Management School (VMS) in the coming weeks.

During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, UFI is supporting our global community and the industry at large in many ways. A list of resources is available at www.ufi.org/coronavirus.

UFI has as well launched “UFI connects”, a designated online programme of educational talks, panels, and sessions to provide content and dialogue while our regular events and educational programmes cannot take place as usual. You can see upcoming as well as previous sessions at www.ufi.org/uficonnects.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact paris2020@ufi.org for the UFI Forum on Sustainable Development, and the UFI Asia/Pacific Office at asia@ufi.org for the UFI VMS and UFI EMD Macau.

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EEIA releases documentation on economic measures taken by EU and European 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

Brussels, 31 March – 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 gathering and sharing examples of general financial measures and dedicated support for the exhibition industry already implemented across Europe, we want to encourage other governments and policymakers to offer the same in their respective markets”, says Barbara Weizsäcker, Secretary General of EEIA and EMECA.

Positive actions have already been implemented by the EU, as requested and communicated from EEIA, UFI and EMECA, whereby the three EU institutions collaborated to approve and put in place a such financial support swiftly. Additional EU funding will be made available to the EU Member States. The documentation may serve to the exhibition industry across Europe for their respective national advocacy efforts.

The exhibition and business events were the first to be shut down and will open with delay due to the longer planning and preparation time for such events. Therefore, the industry is specifically concerned by the effects of the coronavirus measures. Nonetheless, exhibitions and trade fairs are a fast-track to economic recovery once the coronavirus crisis has passed and will deliver the best return on investment for companies to access markets again.

The report also lists examples from across Europe of how the exhibition industry is providing support in this crisis, with initiatives such as converting exhibition halls to temporary Covid-19 emergency hospitals. “This shows how our industry is linked to their local communities, putting concrete actions in place with dedicated staff during crisis situations like the pandemic now”, says Kai Hattendorf, UFI MD/CEO.

This information is available at www.ufi.org/coronavirus. Similar documentation for Asia-Pacific, Middle-East Africa and the Americas are currently under preparation and will be available from the UFI website.

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