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UFI launches the fifth edition of its grant scheme for future leaders

–     2020 Next Generation Leadership (NGL) Grant to recognise and support rising industry stars
–     Deadline for applications is 6 March 2020
–     Grantees will present to high-level industry professionals at the UFI Global Congress 2020 in Muscat (Oman)

Paris – 21 November 2019:

UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, is pleased to announce the launch of the 2020 Next Generation Leadership (NGL) Grant, which recognises and supports the best talent in the exhibition industry. With the NGL Grant, UFI is committed to empowering talented exhibition professionals by providing them with a platform to express their views on the future of our industry. Applications are now open for the fifth edition of the programme. Up to five industry professionals who demonstrate clear initiatives for driving change and innovation within their areas of activity will receive grants.

The deadline for grant applications is 6 March 2020. An international jury, led by UFI President Mary Larkin will select the future leaders based on their exceptional initiative in driving change and innovation in their sector of the exhibition industry. The chosen grantees will have the opportunity to present to high-level industry professionals at the UFI Global Congress 2020 in Muscat (Oman). Furthermore, they will benefit from 12 months of mentorship from an executive-level industry representative. Grantees will also gain exposure for their companies through UFI’s global communications.

NGL Grant applicants should meet the following eligibility criteria:

–       be a full-time employee in the exhibition industry

–       have no more than ten years of work experience in the exhibition industry

–       be motivated to participate in the programme while managing work responsibilities (between three and five extra hours per month)

All NGL grantees will participate in an 18-month programme alongside their work commitments, covering:

–       a workshop with all chosen grantees at the UFI European Conference in Gothenburg (June 2020), followed by six months of joint preparation work during which grantees will prepare for the UFI Global Congress 2020

–       a unique speaking opportunity at the UFI Global Congress 2020 (9-12 November), where grantees will present a session to industry professionals

–      twelve months of exclusive mentorship from an executive-level mentor (November 2020-October 2021), who will provide a safe and confidential environment to learn, test ideas and discuss work-related challenges and opportunities

UFI President Mary Larkin says: “The UFI Next Generation Leadership Grant is all about promoting the diverse talent we have in the exhibition industry all around the world, and giving our rising professionals the international recognition and opportunities they deserve.”

More information can be found at

Visual: NGL Logo

Photos: NGL grantees at the UFI Global Congress in Bangkok

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UFI launches its first comprehensive overview of the Latin American exhibition industry

– Trends identified from survey results of 126 companies in 17 markets
– Economic performance varied in 2019, slow economic indicators in some countries while recovery in others
– Strategic partnerships are first option for organic growth in the region
– 61% of venues engaged in renovation or enlargement processes in the last 3 years 

Paris – 19 November 2019: UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, has launched its first in-depth research study of the exhibition industry in Latin America. The research provides neutral, up-to-date information on the exhibition industry in Latin America, and will support the future activities of UFI members and the wider industry in the region.
The first edition of the research was released during the UFI Global Congress 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand, on 6-9 November. Covering 17 markets in Latin America, it provides an economic overview of the region and current industry trends, as well as comprehensive data on the exhibition infrastructure across the region.

A second edition of the research will be released during the UFI Latin America Conference 2020 in Buenos Aires (Argentina) on 20-21 April. This updated edition will be expanded to include data on exhibition organisers, service providers, and convention and visitor bureaus.

Relevant as of September 2019, the data covered in the report offers real value to existing and potential UFI members who are either operating in Latin America or looking to do business with the region. It will also help to further position UFI as a knowledge leader within the industry.

José Navarro Meneses, Regional Chair Latin America says: “We are happy to welcome this report, the first of its kind done by UFI, and a testimony to the ever-growing support UFI provides to its members in Latin America. Over the past two years,  we had a very successful Regional Conference in 2018, and now this essential research report. Both highlight the flourishing exhibition industry in the region and signal the expected benefits of the upcoming UFI Regional Conference in Buenos Aires in April.”

Ana Maria Arango, UFI Regional Manager Latin America, says: “I am pleased to announce this exciting research, which will give companies a clear and in-depth understanding of the entire exhibition industry in Latin America. The region offers an array of opportunities to both local and international businesses, and this research is a key part of UFI’s activities to help to develop the exhibition industry in the future.”

The research is available to UFI members as of 19 November 2019.

UFI offers reliable data and insights for members and the industry at large as research is a core element of our association’s mission. Find out more about UFI’s research at

Attachments: Cover of The Exhibition Industry in Latin AmericaPhoto of Ana Maria Arango, UFI Regional Manager presenting the report in Bangkok at the UFI Global Congress ©UFI

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