UFI Congress in St. Petersburg, Russia, Draws 450 Members to Opening General Assembly

October 31, 2018

More than 450 events professionals from UFI members in more than 54 countries met today in St. Petersburg, Russia, to review UFI’s work throughout 2018 and confirm plans for the year ahead.

The 2018 UFI General Assembly took place before UFI’s Global Congress, “The Dynamics of Transition – Our Industry’s Complex Future”.

Chaired by UFI’s 2018 President, Corrado Peraboni, the General Assembly highlighted an array of new initiatives supporting UFI’s 780 members in 86 countries. Global membership has grown by another 5 percent this year.

“It has been a busy year serving the growing global community of UFI members around the world,” Peraboni said.

He added, “Never before has the UFI team organised this many meetings and events for our industry, and we have seen a record number of participants. After a year as UFI President, I can say with conviction that there is no other global community like this in our industry.”

Peraboni highlighted two developments: the opening of our regional office in Bogota, Colombia, marks UFI’s presence in all our four regions around the world.

He added, “This is a vital milestone in our strategic project of ‘glocalisation’, where we are investing to serve our members close to their respective homes. Secondly, I am very happy to share that we now have more than 1,000 “UFI Approved Events” in 75 countries. This certification is a globally recognised standard of quality, as all the shows that carry it are audited.”

More than 1,300 industry professionals attended the broad array of UFI events around the globe, from the “Global CEO Summit” in Cannes, France, to the current “UFl Global Congress” in St. Petersburg.

UFI’s inaugural Latin American Conference alsi was one of the year’s focal points. Hosted by AMPROFEC, it took place at the World Trade Center in Mexico City (Mexico) on 18-19 September. Around 120 people participated from 16 countries. A Latin America Chapter meeting took place alongside the event.

“The UFI team around the world is working every day to make sure we can serve our global member community of over 50,000 industry professionals,” said UFI CEO Kai Hattendorf.

He added, “The fact that more industry leaders and professionals are attending our events, using our research, and joining our educational offers than ever before encourages us to continue on this path. We are very happy to welcome additional members into the UFI network around the world – the knowledge and experience they bring enables everyone to get together to explore new business opportunities in our fast-evolving industry.”

During the next 12 months, UFI is set to continue with its current strategic initiatives, focusing on events, research, education, and advocacy globally.

The annual Global CEO Summit will take place in London Jan. 30-feb. 1. Three Regional Conferences are scheduled to take place in Tokyo March 14-15, Dubai April 8-9 and Birmingham May 15-17.

The Global Congress will take place in Nov. 6-9.

The latest overview of UFI events around the world is available on the UFI website: https://www.ufi.org/our-events/ufi-events-calendar/

While the Congress is only open to members, conferences and Educational Forums are open to all industry professionals.

Craig Newman, CEO Johannesburg Expo Centre (JEC) (South Africa), is UFI’s 2019 President. He is joined in UFI’s new presidential leadership trio by Mary Larkin, EVP at Diversified Communications, Portland, Maine, as Incoming President.

As Corrado Peraboni will leave the association due to starting a new enterprise, he cannot serve as Outgoing President.

Therefore, Dr. Andreas Gruchow, Member of the Managing Board at Deutsche Messe AG Hanover, will stay on the presidential trio for an additional year.

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