UFI's Open Seminar in Asia Debuts Feb. 28 in Jakarta

January 22, 2013

The 8th UFI Open Seminar in Asia in Jakarta, produced by UFI, The Global Association for the Exhibition Industry, will kick off Feb. 28- March 1, featuring sessions with leaders in the industry.

"This is the 8th edition of the UFI Open Seminar in Asia, and it is the first time we have taken the event to Indonesia,” said Mark Cochrane, UFI’s regional manager Asia/Pacific. “Growth in South-East Asian exhibition markets has easily outpaced the rest of the region in recent years and we expect that trend to continue in 2013.”

He added, “In addition to the opportunity to network with more than 200 exhibition industry professionals, attendees will hear the views of industry leaders such as Stephen Tan, CEO of Singapore Exhibition Services, Jacques Racine, president of Sherpa Solutions and Benedict Soh, executive chairman of Kingsmen Creative. For anyone with an interest in the Asian exhibition industry, this is the most important event of the year!"

The event opens with UFI’s Managing Director Paul Woodward giving remarks, followed by  Manu Bhaskaran, CEO and founding director, Centennial Asia Advisors Pte Ltd, Singapore, discussing “ASEAN in 2015: Where Are We Headed.”

Bhaskaran’s talk will assess the near term and long term prospects for Asian economies.  It will also include an assessment of where Asian economic integration stands with a view on the progress made in establishing an ASEAN Economic Community by 2015.

Next up Cliff Wallace, chairman, Shenyang New World Expo (Management), China, who previously headed the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre as well, will head a session called “The Venue Landscape in Asia: An Appraisal.”

Attendees also will have the opportunity to hear from Stephen Tan, CEO, Singapore Exhibition Services & President, Allworld Exhibitions Alliance, Singapore, discussing his years of experience operating a leading exhibition organiser in South-East Asia as well as opportunities in emerging markets such as Indonesia, Myanmar and others.

In the one of the final sessions of the day, Steve Monnington, owner and founder of Mayfield Media Strategies, U.K., will talk about international partnerships.

The next day is filled with informative sessions focusing on technology, including mobile trends, as well as the changing role of exhibition contractors.

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