March 2020 Dear Readers, While going to the Press, we received the news that there are 28 confirmed cases of Coronavirus affected individuals in India. A state of worry? Yes, of course! China along with the rest of the world is still under the threat of the deadly coronavirus outbreak which has hammered businesses around the world. Statistics reveal a staggering 94, 000 cases of coronavirus while the death toll keeps increasing with a total of more than 3,000 deaths worldwide. Hence, we dedicate this edition to the Global Exhibition fraternity, to keep them updated on hundreds of postponed and cancelled events across the world. In this edition, we present four different perspectives of personas from different industries talking about trade fairs and related topics. TFT has consistently been focussing on Q and A in areas where ‘Industry Leaders’ discuss on different subjects. These Industry Professionals gave us insights on various aspects of trade fairs. Do peruse the Exclusive Q and A’s. Major Shows like DefExpo, Auto Expo, IEE Expo and many more concluded registering good business as well as brilliant footfall in spite of going against the tried and tested success formula! A decent number of shows to be held in March have been postponed. Do check the Postponed and Cancelled Events List along with our dedicated calendar for show updates around the exhibition world. Technology is the future! And what better way to prepare for it than gaining great insights through TechTalk, DigiTalk and Exhibition Talk. A Big Shout-out to Eddie from Exchange4Artist for providing with the Event Managers Horoscope and Exhibition Talk segment. We have Richard Erschik – one of the highest-rated Exhibitor Educators and Trainer from USA (Also referred to as the stand-up comedian in trade show exhibitor education). Learn with Richard is the segment where you’ll be enlightened with his talk. Do email and ask Richard your queries. A big thank you to Stephan Murtagh and Larry Kulchawik for sharing their wisdom with us on the Aspects of Exhibiting. I highly recommend Larry’s book “Trade Shows from One Country to the Next”. TFT and the entire Exhibition Fraternity are concerned and pray for the deceased and sick people affected by Coronavirus. TradeFairTimes sends its best support to the people of China and those affected. Stay Blessed and Keep Reading TFT! M Q Syed Editor-In-Chief, email@example.com
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On February 28, the World Health Organization (WHO) upgraded the global risk from the new coronavirus to "very high" as the virus continued to spread. There are more than 83,000 confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus and at least 3,000 reported deaths. The disease has been detected in more than 50 countries and the number of infections continues to rise. Fears of contracting the deadly disease has led to the cancellation of trade events in turn having damaging ripple effects across the hotel, airline, entertainment, marketing, restaurant and other industries. The coronavirus outbreak is slowly spreading across Europe and other continents as Governments around the world face tough decisions to keep the infected quarantined. The respiratory virus, which originated in Wuhan, China last December, has so far killed 3,000 people, with more than 79,000 people in 50 countries infected. Many of the events due to be held as late as the end of March have either been rescheduled or cancelled, while the venue of China's oldest and biggest trade fair, the Canton Fair, has suspended all events until further notice. The venue was due to hold its spring exhibition from April 15, an event that led last year to some $30 billion worth of deals being signed.
Countries across the world are stepping up efforts to tackle coronavirus, a new epidemic that originated in China's Wuhan City. Given the suspension of Indian visa for Chinese passport holders, many exhibitions and events scheduled during the current period and near future are undergoing an unexpected change. We are aware, as an important stakeholder, you will be taking appropriate steps to tackle this challenge in line with the Ministry of Health & Welfare, Govt. of India guidelines including medical assistance, offering information / updation on any travel guidelines published, considering request for change of dates on any other request arising from exhibition organisers. It is encouraging to see that exhibition industry stakeholders are already taking note of this and doing the needful by offering the best possible help. As a nation, India continues to maintain its reputation as a preferred destination for large-scale exhibitions. The country's business-friendly atmosphere, stable governance and remarkable record in organising events of international standards will enable the exhibition industry to navigate to safer shores at the earliest. Once again it's our earnest request to extend your support in all possible ways to help tide over this temporary setback.
As coronavirus tests the 'resilient' exhibition industry, show cancellations worldwide have undoubtedly hit shortterm economic output. We present to you details of affected shows and events across the globe along with viewpoints of the organisers. Impact of Coronavirus in Asia The Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (SACEOS) held an advisory briefing on January 29 for about 200 MICE industry members to discuss an integrated industry response and precautionary measures in tackling the evolving situation with the novel Wuhan coronavirus. â€œSingapore's MICE industry has been through similar past episodes like SARS and H1N1,â€? said Aloysius Arlando, President SACEOS. â€œThe experience and learnings the industry has garnered are being put into effect through a coordinated approach, to manage the current Wuhan coronavirus situation. The industry is working together to implement relevant measures should the situation worsen. More importantly, we want to ensure that the health and safety of the workers in the industry and attendees to events are safeguarded. SACEOS believes that with our collective experience and wisdom, and as a whole industry, we will continue to be agile and work with partners to face the evolving
March 2020 situation with greater confidence.” Impact of Coronavirus in the U.S. American-based trade shows are expected to see a dip in Chinese attendance and exhibitors in the near term, as a number of U.S. major airlines, including Delta, American and United, have halted flights in and out of China through March, when the outbreak is expected to peak. ITB Berlin Organisers of the world’s biggest travel expo, the ITB travel trade fair in Berlin, suddenly took a call to cancel the event while the construction of the show was going on. “We take our responsibility for the security and the health of our guests, exhibitors and employees very seriously. It is with a heavy heart that we have to look at the necessary cancellation of the ITB Berlin 2020.” Said the organisers. The travel fair was due to open as scheduled but concerns grew after Germany recorded a jump in the number of infected residents this week. Of the 10,000 exhibitors expected at ITB from all over the world, 22 would have come from China and 25 others from Hong Kong and Taiwan. The organisers of the fair, scheduled to start on March 4 for four days, originally expected about 160,000 visitors. Just a few days before the cancellation, the venue Messe Berlin and the organisers of the ITB had expressed their confidence that the fair would take place as planned. But over the last week requirements for exhibitors were tightened. Meanwhile, the ITB in China, the fastest growing regional travel trade fair, planned for May, has already been cancelled by the organisers last week. However, the debut show ITB India is being held as scheduled and the preparations of the show were in full swing. Beijing Auto Show China’s annual auto show in Beijing has been postponed because of novel coronavirus, as the number of cases of people infected surpass 71,000. The Beijing International Automotive Exhibition, which was scheduled to begin April 21, is the latest high-profile event that has been either cancelled or postponed over concerns of coronavirus, it has been rescheduled to begin on April 30. Earlier this month, MWC cancelled its event in Barcelona, which was supposed to take place from February 24 to February 27. Most of the postponed events are in China, where the virus originated and where the vast majority of infections (more than 70,000 to date) have occurred. Coronavirus has also
Important events cancelled/postponed Light + Building fair Frankfurt's Light + Building has become the latest design fair to be postponed over coronavirus fears, and will now take place in September instead of March. Global fashion weeks Fashion weeks in Beijing and Shanghai, both set to take place at the end of March, were postponed due to coronavirus. Meanwhile, numerous Chinese fashion brands have pulled out of fashion weeks in Paris and Milan. The French luxury group LVMH cancelled a cocktail reception and award ceremony set to take place during Paris Fashion Week. The Dalai Lama’s engagements The Buddhist spiritual leader announced he would postpone an ordination ceremony for new monks and cancel all his public duties until further notice. Chinese Grand Prix The Chinese Grand Prix, set to take place from April 17 to 19, has been postponed because of coronavirus. Three other races in the Formula One season—in Australia, Bahrain, and Vietnam—could also be postponed. Six Nations Rugby match Philip Browne, chief executive of the Irish Rugby Football Union, postponed two Six Nations rugby matches between Ireland and Italy set to take place in Dublin between March 6 and 8.
China’s National People’s Congress China announced earlier this week it would postpone its key annual gathering of lawmakers, scheduled to take place in March. It is the first time in decades that the country has been forced to delay the meeting. Religious pilgrimages in Saudi Arabia The Saudi government announced it is temporarily banning foreign pilgrims from entering the country, which is home to the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina. Facebook’s developers conference The tech giant cancelled its annual F8 developers conference, which was scheduled to take place on May 5 and 6 in California. It said it would retain some online elements of the conference and host local events instead. BTS concerts in South Korea The Korean boy band cancelled four concerts set to take place in Seoul between April 11 and 19 as part of a worldwide tour. Geneva motor show and Baselworld Two upcoming trade shows in Geneva were postponed or cancelled following the Swiss government’s decision to temporarily ban all large events due to coronavirus. Japan’s Azalea Festival The annual azalea festival of the village of Higashi, which usually takes place in March, was cancelled.
Stormzy and Green Day’s Asia tours British rapper Stormzy postponed concerts in Japan, China, and South Korea as part of his world tour. Green Day postponed concerts in Thailand, the Philippines, South Korea, and Japan.
ASEAN meeting Reuters reports that US president Donald Trump postponed a meeting with leaders of the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian nations planned for March 14 in Las Vegas.
European carnivals The mayor of Nice, a city in southern France, cancelled the last day of carnival because of coronavirus. Venice, Italy, too, cancelled its carnival, one of the most popular in the world. Authorities said there were three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Venice.
Game Developers Conference The largest annual gathering of game industry professionals, set to take place in San Francisco between March 16 and 20, was postponed. Many top gaming companies, including Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook’s Oculus, and Sony Interactive Entertainment, had already pulled out.
disrupted the automotive industry in China and abroad as many global manufacturers rely on the country’s supply chain for parts. The Chinese government might delay
the annual session of its Communist Party-dominated legislature. Other postponed events include Credit Suisse Group AG’s Asia investment conference and the Chinese Grand Prix,
March 2020 a Formula 1 race scheduled for April 19 in Shanghai. Juss Sports Group, the promoter of the Chinese Grand Prix, requested the postponement after ongoing discussions with the Federation of Automobile and Motorcycle Sports of People’s Republic of China (CAMF) and Shanghai Administration of Sports. Fo r m u l a E , t h e a l l - e l e c t r i c motorsports event, has also postponed a race set for Sanya on March 21. GSMA Mobile World The GSMA, the organization behind MWC, the world’s largest mobile trade show, has announced that it is officially cancelling the show. MWC usually attracts more than 100,000 attendees from 200 countries to Barcelona. This year’s show was supposed to take place on February 24-27. Several publications received a statement about the cancellation. “The GSMA has cancelled MWC Barcelona 2020 because the global concern regarding the coronavirus outbreak, travel concern and other circumstances, make it impossible for the GSMA to hold the event,” said GSMA CEO - John Hoffman. The GSMA published a statement confirming its decisionto cancel writing: Since the first edition of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in 2006, the GSMA has convened the industry, governments, ministers, policymakers, operators and industry leaders across the broader ecosystem. With due regard to the safe and healthy environment in Barcelona and the host country today, the GSMA has cancelled MWC Barcelona 2020 because the global concern regarding the coronavirus outbreak, travel concern and other circumstances, make it impossible for the GSMA to hold the event. Dozens of companies pulled out of the trade show. In other words, some of the top consumer electronics and telecom companies got scared. And those who thought that GSMA had things under control started to cancel their attendance as well — it wasn’t worth going to Barcelona if many important partners had already cancelled. Some of the companies that announced they wouldn’t be attending include Amazon, Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, Facebook, HMD, Intel, LG, Nokia, NTT DoCoMo, Sony and Sprint. GSMA’s lawyers wanted to make sure that the association wouldn’t be held accountable if there was a single case of coronavirus at the show. But they started another virus — companies pulling out one by one. Figures from management consultancy JWC show industry turnover rose steadily after the financial crash, but
Hannover Messe 2020 postponed
HANNOVER MESSE 2020 has been postponed to the week of 13 to 17 July. Deutsche Messe AG is thus responding to global developments related to the Coronavirus and made the decision to postpone HANNOVER MESSE 2020 to July 2020 in close cooperation with the Hannover Region Health Authority, the HANNOVER MESSE Exhibitors’ Council and the partner associations VDMA (German Engineering Federation) and ZVEI (German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association). much of that growth came from China, soon to be home to the world's biggest exhibition center in Shenzhen. Mats Granryd, director general of the GSMA which organises MWC, concurred "(MWC) is the place where business takes place, and that is not going to go away any time soon," he said. However, the blow was particularly tough for smaller companies, many of which sink their entire annual marketing budget into making a success of the trade fair. When a major event such as the financial crash forces companies to reduce the number of staff they send to a trade fair, the hunt for sales generally means they still attend in some form. And when tougher times force a sector's third or fourth biggest event out of business, it often makes the leading shows even more important. Worth an estimated $325 billion in business sales a year, the global events and exhibitions industry has adapted as the economy evolves. Where Relx, the world's second largest exhibitions provider behind Britain's Informa, once held a large computer hardware show, it now hosts events on rechargeable batteries in Japan, waste technology in Russia and Infosecurity in Mexico. According to a 2019 report for industry body UFI, there were 138 million square meters of exhibitor stands across the world, with 303 million people attending exhibitions. There is a lot riding on MWC going ahead. MWC generates some 14,000 temporary jobs and generates €492 million (nearly $540 million) for the city.
Per the GSMA site, more than 2,400 companies are exhibiting at MWC this year. A spokesperson told that MWC had 2,800 companies signed up to exhibit, but it’s not sharing how many are still going to be there. Italy Italy was reported to be the third most affected country after China and Iran. Milan Fashion Week was closed to the public as a precaution. Several important trade shows have been postponed, including the Milan Furniture Fair, which was scheduled for the end of April but has now been pushed back to June. Parma's Mercanteinfiera event, dedicated to antiques, modern antiques and vintage collectibles, has been postponed until June. Bologna's Children's Book Fair has also been postponed until May. The International Journalism Festival, set to be held in Perugia, Umbria, in April, has been cancelled. A major business event that has not yet been impacted by the outbreak is the Geneva International Motor Show. The show, which is due to take place 5-15 March, is one of the most important events in the motor industry calendar, as the platform for some of the world's most high-profile new car launches. Facebook’s Global Marketing Summit Facebook cancelled its global marketing summit, scheduled to begin March 9 in San Francisco. The company said the decision was made in “an abundance of caution.”
IELA postpones its 3rd edition of Operations Summit 2020
Coronavirus is affecting the exhibition industry with plenty of events being cancelled or postponed. The IELA network is supporting and working closely with organisers and exhibitors from the logistics side to manage challenges, minimizing the impact.
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Coronavirus update to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). As event professionals we take very seriously the care, health and safety of exhibitors, event participants and workers, and we are committed to providing timely and accurate information to assist our community in making informed decisions. To this end, the IELA Board of Management has decided to postpone the Operations Summit 2020 in Bangkok to a later time this year. T his allow s us to co ntinue monitoring the situation and to react accordingly. The new event dates will be announced as soon as possible while observing the latest news. We appreciate your understanding and support while we will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates as needed. Everyone at IELA wishes the affected people a speedy recovery. About the Operations Summit: The IELA Operations Summit provides a platform for operational staff of IELA Member Companies to exchange ideas and experience and to pursue common goals in the industry. The next edition will take place from February 13th – 15th 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand. IELA’s Operations Summit is a funded event exclusively for IELA Members and it is the only dedicated forum for exhibition and freight forwarding operation professionals, offering valuable perspectives on improving operational efficiencies,
The best way to realise how your future daily work will be is to look back at how it was 10 years ago. So just imagine what digitalisation will bring us in the next 10 years. I think that we have no idea about our work in 10 years from now. I do however think that the direction in which we are going is clear. Every step in the development of our day to day work will involve digitalisation.
-Bas Wiendels IELA Education and Training Programme Working Group Chairman explains
enhancing service standards, optimising worldwide relationships and increasing bottom lines. The 2020 edition’s main topic will be the digitalisation of our workplace with experts addressing the topic and demonstrations of best practices by IELA Members. It will include 10 hours of lectures and 5 hours of 1-2-1 networking, with many additional opportunities for informal networking. Bas Wiendels, IELA Education and Training Programme Working Group Chairman explains “The best way to realise how your future daily work will be is to look back at how it was 10 years ago. So just imagine what digitalisation will bring us in the next 10 years. I think that we have no idea about our work in 10 years from now. I do
however think that the direction in which we are going is clear. Every step in the development of our day to day work will involve digitalisation.” We have changed from Fax Mailings to e-Mail & Whatsapp, from advertising on paper to Social Media, from backup disks to using the Cloud. But with what kind of threats & opportunities does our operational staff need to cope in the next years? From the digital screening of volume to Venue Monitoring going as far as Digital Traffic Management, these technologies will probably be standard in a few years, or will they? The IELA Operations Summit also offers each participant company with the opportunity to present themselves and their services to all fellow IELA members by taking part in the Digital Poster Exhibition. This exhibition enables you to accentuate why you are unique in your field, what special skills and competences you offer and why you are a valuable associate. During the 2018 edition, IELA offered a fully funded event to 61 delegates representing 53 IELA members from 27 countries and provided 10 engaging lectures by IELA experts from all over the world. Valuable insights were given from Konstantin Stathopoulos, Head of Sales & Handling South China, Hong Kong & Taiwan at Lufthansa Cargo AG with his presentation about Airline operations. There was also the talk on logistics requirements and solutions of exhibition centres presented by Ian Hume, Director Department Event Technology & Logistics at Messe Düsseldorf.
UFI sees uncertainty for exhibitions “The industry is currently facing huge challenges and some of those taking part at Heimtextil have really felt this,” says Detlef Braun, CEO of Messe Frankfurt, organisers of the 50th anniversary edition of the global textiles trade fair held this month in Frankfurt, Germany. A new report on the state of the exhibitions industry and key issues going forward has been released by UFI. Its Global Barometer report confirms strong industry performance for 2019, but also a higher level of uncertainty when looking towards 2020 in many countries, especially in the Asia-Pacific region and Latin America. The survey reveals a positive result in terms of operating profit, with at least 70 per cent of companies in each of the four regions maintaining a good level of performance in 2019 compared to 2018. The majority of companies from all regions also expect an increase in gross turnover. However, there is uncertainty in many countries, even prior to the coronavirus issue. Results also indicate that the key issue for the industry remains the ‘state of the economy at home’ (selected by 26 per cent of all respondents). This is ahead of ‘competition within the industry’ (20 per cent) and ‘global economic developments’ (19 per cent). In recent editions of this longrunning UFI research, there has been a trend towards this focus on the national/ regional economy over global economic development. In terms of strategy, in all regions, a large majority of companies intend to develop new activities, either with classic exhibition industry initiatives and/or by moving outside current product portfolios. In terms of geographical expansion, on average globally, more than one company out of three declares an intention to develop operations in new countries. The survey also tackles the evolution of the exhibition business model and to what extent specific features are implemented. The results indicate a major use of “conference stages on and near the show floor” (3.6 out of a scale of 5). “Exhibitions grew again in 2019, but a slowdown is expected for the b e g i n n i n g o f 2020. T h e n ove l coronavirus outbreak, which has already led to many shows being postponed or cancelled in China and Asia, will impact this as well. We all hope this situation settles quickly, as the exhibition industry is using these results to shape its general development plans and how it’s adapting to the continually evolving classic business model,” said Kai
n UFI’s Global Barometer confirms positive operating profits for 2019 n Turnover expectations for 2020 – surveyed immediately before the coronavirus spread – are positive, but with strong levels of uncertainty in many countries n The state of the economy at home, global economic developments and competition within the industry remain the top three issues faced by companies n Study delivers dedicated profiles for 22 markets and regions, including – for the first time – the United Arab Emirates Hattendorf, Managing Director and CEO, UFI.
Size and scope This latest edition of UFI’s bi-annual industry survey was concluded in January 2020 and includes data from a record 438 companies in 70 countries and regions. The study delivers outlooks and analysis for 18 countries and regions: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Macau, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Thailand, the UAE (for the first time), the UK and the US. In addition, it analyses four aggregated regional zones. Economic developments In all regions, the majority of companies (those in a position to assess their turnover), expect an increase in gross turnover. Eight of the selected countries have, for the three periods surveyed, a majority of companies declaring an increase in turnover: Australia, Brazil, Germany, India, Indonesia, Russia, the UAE and the USA. However, significant levels of uncertainty over the period are recorded in Argentina, China, Macau, Japan, Mexico and the UK. In terms of operating profit, the highest proportion of companies declaring an increase of more than 10 per cent are observed in the USA (62 per cent), Brazil (50 per cent), Germany (42 per cent), Thailand (42 per cent) and India (41 per cent). Conversely, the lowest proportion of companies are in Indonesia (29 per
cent), Russia (29 per cent), Australia (28 per cent), South Africa (24 per cent), the UAE (11 per cent), Macau (0 per cent) and the UK (0 per cent).
Key business issues Around 80 per cent of all answers relate to the following four issues: ‘State of the economy at home’ (26 per cent in the current survey, up two per cent compared to six months ago), ‘competition within the industry’ (20 per cent in the current survey, up one per cent compared to six months ago), ‘global economic developments’ (19 per cent in the current survey, same as six months ago), ‘internal challenges’ (16 per cent in the current survey, down one per cent compared to six months ago), where ‘human resources’ are named as the most important aspect. Strategy Some 79 per cent of companies in the Asia-Pacific region, 87 per cent in the Middle East and Africa, 90 per cent in Europe and 93 per cent in the Americas intend to develop new activities, in either the classic range of exhibition industry activities (venue/organiser/services) and/ or moving outside current product portfolios. In terms of geographical expansion, 36 per cent of companies on average declare an intention to develop operations in new countries, and this is the case for the majority of companies in seven of the 22 markets analysed: Germany (73 per cent), the UK (73 per cent), South Africa (64 per cent), other Middle Eastern countries (56 per cent), Brazil (50 per cent), Italy (50 per cent) and the USA (50 per cent). Evolution The 24th Global Barometer survey looked into how the exhibition model is evolving, by questioning companies as to what extent specific features are implemented, as well as the share of available space used for these features. Results indicate a major use of conference stages on and near the show floor (3.6 out of a scale of five), followed by open meeting spaces (2.9) and catering/ designated food spaces (2.8). Off main site events are, by comparison, less common (2.0). These features occupy on average less than 10 per cent of the total space of the exhibitions. The survey results reveal various stages of development and diverging focal points across different markets and regions.
LIST OF POSTPONED AND CANCELLED EVENTS The impact of the Coronavirus outbreak has resulted in cancellation of events across the global trade fair and events industry causing a state of confusion for all stakeholders. Therefore, hereâ€™s a list of all the postponed and cancelled events to keep you updated on your sought after events. Event Robotic Process Automation Day Robotic Process Automation Conference Traders Fairs and Gala Night Thailand Asian Recycling and Sustainability Conference AI and Blockchain Summit Annual Global CSR Summit SMB Innovation Summit SMB Innovation Summit NACS Convenience Summit Asia Routes Asia Petro Forum APAC Asia Cyber Channel Summit Cyber Leadership Forum Cyber Taiwan Pavilion Galaxy Forum Hainan Dhaka International Denim Show CC Women in Tech Taipei Int'l Sporting Goods Show Taipei International Cycle Show NW Materials Show Glassman Asia HealthAsia - Singapore NaturalAsia - Singapore SpaAsia - Singapore SMB Innovation Summit Cancer Science and Targeted Therapy Conference Advanced Course in Journal Publishing Air Retail & Payments Show Airline Revenue & Distribution Asia Aviation Festival Asia Aviation Loyalty Aviation Marketing Asia Digital Airline Asia Digital Airport Asia IFEC Asia WCA Worldwide Conference Money Asia Forklift Indonesia 3D Printing Asia ASEAN Gaming Summit
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New Delhi Hanoi CancĂşn Taguig Bangkok Chiang Mai Bangkok Taipei Taipei Taipei Wenchang Dhaka Singapore Taipei Taipei Portland Incheon Singapore Singapore Singapore Palma
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The Global Leadership Summit China Iron Ore Asian Ground Handling International Conference Air Retail Show Asia The Digital Marketing Show stars Singapore Symposium Int'l Environmental Economics Conference WCA First Annual Conference Customer Engagement Summit Sydney DevSecCon Sydney Digital Transformation Conference Ego Expo Australia
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Event F+L Week Annual Summit on Neonatology FINTECH Bridge China-UK Conference GCR Live Asia Pacific Law Leaders Forum Global Career Services Summit Hong Kong Blockchain Week Hong Kong International Fur & Fashion Fair Hong Kong Pharmacy Conference IBM Data Transformation Summit Immersive Asia Tour Seoul ALMU Annual Meeting & Global Leadership Summit Annual Asia Pacific Energy Assembly Argus Biomass Asia Asia Pacific Breast Cancer Summit Asia-Europe Sustainable Connectivity Scientific Conference Australian Grains Industry Conference Australian Grains Industry Conference
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Ho Chi Minh Macau Wuhan Shanghai Tehran Seoul
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Financial Evolution: AI, Machine Learning & Sentiment Analysis
International Olefin and Polyolefin Conference
International Symposium on Grids & Clouds
Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City UFI Asia-Pacific Conference Wuhan Virus Study Expo Yarn Expo - Autumn Lightweight Plastics ConfEx Iran Oled Korea Conference Colombo International Yarn & Fabric Show Oracle Health Sciences Connect Red Hat Forum Bangkok Rehacare & Orthopedic China RELC International Conference SCMP China Conference SEMICON China Specialty Packaging Films Asia Conference Spiritual Leadership Conference Asia SPMI Regional Symposium Tech and Ops Conference Mobile World Congress China Tianjin International Robot Exhibition International Symposium on Econometrics The PASLA/RMA Conference on Asian Securities Lending International Conference on Mechanical Design and Engineering Dhaka International Yarn & Fabric Show - Winter Edition BICTAM-CISM Symposium on Dispersed Multiphase Flows
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LIST OF POSTPONED AND CANCELLED EVENTS City/ Country
Event Intertextile Shanghai Home Textiles - Autumn Industry Assembly & Automation Exhibition International Conference on Gerontechnology International Conference on Environmental Materials and Catalysis International Conference on Information Technology in Education International Conference on Special Education Research The International Hydrology, Ocean and Atmosphere Conference Indonesia International Fastener & Fixing Technology Exhibition Meeting for the Society for Free Radical Research International Symposium Tianjin International Automotive Manufacturing Technology & Equipment Exhibition Tianjin International Plastic Rubber & Packaging Industry Exhibition International Conference on Innovation in Artificial Intelligence African Network For Influenza Surveillance And Epidemiology Meeting China (Tianjin) International Equipment and Manufacturing Industry Expo China Digital Marketing and Ecommerce Innovation Summit CSH Asia Conference on Neurotoxicology in the Context of Developmental Neurobiology New Ways of Analyzing Variation Asia Pacific Conference Shenzhen International Licensing & Licensed Product Fair Shenzhen International Stroller, Mother and Baby Product Fair International Academy of Family Lawyers Asia Pacific Chapter Meeting IEEE International Conference on Robotic Computing International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operation Research International Conference on New Directions in Business, Management, Finance and Economics International Conference on Aviation Future: Challenge and Solution International Conference on Computer Science, Communication and Information Technology IERI International Conference on Medical Physics, Medical Engineering and Informatics International Conference on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics International Conference on Exercise Science and Sports Medicine International Conference of Alzheimer Disease International International Conference on Advances in Computer Technology, Information Science and Communications Asian Regional Congress of the International Labor and Employment Relations Association
Hong Kong 11-Mar-20 NA Guilin
13-Mar-20 24-26 July 20
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Livingstone 09-Mar-20 NA Tianjin
26-Feb-20 14-18 Oct 20
09-Mar-20 09-11 Nov 20
Ho Chi Minh
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27-Feb-20 10-12 April 20
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LIST OF POSTPONED AND CANCELLED EVENTS The impact of the Coronavirus outbreak has resulted in cancellation of events across the global trade fair and events industry causing a state of confusion for all stakeholders. Therefore, hereâ€™s a list of all the postponed and cancelled events to keep you updated on your sought after events.
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Geo Connect Asia
WEAI International Conference
Hawkins Wright Shanghai Symposium
Global Speakers Summit
Wharton Global Forum
World Wood Day
China Focus at Europe Paris
SCA Asia Annual Conference
Cisco Live Melbourne
IB Global Conference
Managing Trademark Assets USA
International PBL Symposium
International Singapore Lipid Symposium
Society of Gynecologic Oncologists Annual Meeting on Women Cancer
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DefExpo 2020 will prove to be breakthrough in Indian defence manufacturing : Rajnath Singh "I am feeling immensely proud of the successful organising of the biggest DefExpo. This expo is a breakthrough in the field of Indian defence manufacturing, which has broken all records of peopleâ€™s participation, private-public participation and international cooperation." -Defence Minister Rajnath Singh
DefExpo 2020 has shattered all records of international cooperation and will prove to be a breakthrough in the field of Indian defence manufacturing sector, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on February 08 at the concluding function of the five-day event in Lucknow. Singh, who is also a Member of Parliament from Lucknow, asserted that it was not just the success for Uttar Pradesh but also a realisation of fulfilment of all countrymen's aspirations towards defence. "I am feeling immensely proud of the successful organising of the biggest DefExpo. This expo is a breakthrough in the field of Indian defence manufacturing, which has broken all records of peopleâ€™s participation, privatepublic participation and international cooperation," he said. "This expo has shown that the new India is ready to march ahead, matching steps with the superpowers in this field. This is a clarion call that the future will be that of India. In the times to come, our country will emerge as a major centre of global defence manufacturing," the defence minister said. Stating that during the DefExpo he had the chance to hold bilateral talks with the defence ministers of different countries, Singh said it also become a platform for improving India's defence cooperation with other countries and having dialogues on issues of mutual cooperation. "During this expo, over 200 MoUs and agreements were signed. These agreements have made a sort of new
n Defence Expo 2020 witnessed the participation of three aerospace giants including, Airbus SE and US-based Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co. n The growth of indigenous enterprise was the most encouraging facet of DefExpo2020. n Over 200 partnerships involving the signing of Transfer of Technology and Product and Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) took place at a ceremony titled Bandhan. n The agreements were aimed at forging and renewing partnerships for innovative collaboration and transformation of defence manufacturing in the country. n During the event, the Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) certificate for Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) was issued to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL). n The event has emerged as one of the largest gatherings of defence exhibitors in the aerospace sector. history. This expo has been so successful that representatives of other countries praised it during their talks with me," he said. "Participation of over 3,000 delegates
from all over the world is a big thing. Their presence made this event even more attractive. Our country will not only be self-reliant in the field of defence but will also become an exporter. This DefExpo will have a major contribution in achieving this feat," the minister said. Congratulating Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his team for the successful holding of the expo, Rajnath Singh said his government has proved that "UP stands for 'Unlimited Potential". "This event has provided an international identity to Lucknow. Not only at national level but also at international level, Lucknow has become a topic of discussion," he said. " The expo besides being an opportunity was also a challenge for us. It is a matter of happiness that along with the defence ministry, our team in Uttar Pradesh has successfully organised this event," Singh said. The defence minister said that the world's perception towards Uttar Pradesh has changed and that is the "biggest achievement". "We have managed to get a very solid base for the defence corridor which is coming up in the state." Uttar Pradesh Industry Minister Satish Mahana, Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar and Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) chairman R Madhavan also addressed the event. Winners of a photo competition organised during the expo were also felicitated and a coffee table book on Uttar Pradesh Defence Corridor was also released on the occasion.
"The outcome of this year's DefExpo has -Rajnath Singh, Union Defence Minister been Historic" India’s biennial Defence Expo was held in Lucknow. Aimed at showcasing India’s potential as a global defence manufacturing hub, the 11th edition of the DefExpo brought new technologies and solutions on a single platform for defence manufacturing firms from India and abroad. The theme of the Expo was ‘India: The Emerging Defence Manufacturing Hub’ and the focus is ‘Digital Transformation of Defence’. Rajnath Singh, Union Defence Minister was at the helm of affair at the Expo. He not only took a risk by bringing the event to Lucknow but ensured that the event is an all-round success. He spoke to TFT on the side lines of the Expo, Excerpts follows.
TFT : What were the expectations from Defence Expo 2020? RS : Defence Expo2020 will help to build India - a country of five trillion economy. “It’s a proud moment for the people of Uttar Pradesh that Lucknow is organizing DefExpo 2020. It will be the biggest ever defence exhibition in the country in terms of participation of exhibitors, the area of the exhibition and the revenue to be earned”. Being one of the largest gathering of defence professionals globally (35 international delegations), DefExpo showcased the Indian Defence Ecosystem as an emerging hub to meet the defence needs of the region and the globe and allow DPSUs, Indian Pvt Industry, MSMEs, Start-Ups and Garage Innovators to showcase their expertise andproducts to Armed Forces of the Region and to the World. The expo substantially contributed from the private sector, foreign and domestic, in exploiting emerging technologies to enable long term and holistic solutions to the country’s security needs to include — Resource Generation; Boost Defence Exports, ‘Make in India’ in the Defence sector. The expo also provided platform for users/ Field Commanders to interact/ familiarize with emerging t e c h n o l og i e s ( n o n - co n t a c t a n d disruptive) so as to enable the Indian Army to fight future wars & strengthened defence and manufacturing partnerships (bi-lateral and multilateral). TFT : How will Uttar Pradesh benefit with the Defence Expo 2020? RS : The Event is a historic one for
Uttar Pradesh, because the State is going to become a destination for defence manufacturing and aerospace manufacturing and will pave the way of Defence Corridor in UP which will give tremendous job opportunities to the youths of the State and simultaneously we will be having a grand infrastructure with so many industries of defence production. In the near future, India will become the hub of defence equipment production and Uttar Pradesh will play an important role in it. TFT : How is the final result of the show in terms of Business Generation? RS : The outcome is historic, the initial target, we had set for DefExpo was 100 Memorandums of Understanding and business agreements, However, Over 200 MoU’s have been signed during the event. The Centre’s policy for the sector has begun delivering results. “In 2018-19, defence exports were Rs 10,745 crore, which was seven times the exports in 2016-17. Seeing the success of this Defence expo, I am sure that by 2024 we will achieve the target of five billion dollars in defence exports,” the minister said. TFT : Can you share some numbers from the event? RS : The number of companies registered for participating in the DefExpo 2020 reached 1,028. In the DefExpo 2018, held in Chennai, 702 companies had participated. Thus, it has become by far the biggest ever DefExpo to be held in India. The number of participating foreign companies increased to 172 from the previous figure of 160.The booked exhibition space by exhibitors for DefExpo 2020 has gone up by 96 per cent to over 43,021 square metres, compared to around 27,000 during the last edition. TFT : How challenging was organizing an event of such magnitude in Lucknow? RS : The expo besides being an opportunity was also a challenge for us.
It is a matter of happiness that along with the defence ministry, our team in Uttar Pradesh has successfully organised this event. This event has provided an international identity to Lucknow. Not only at national level but also at international level, Lucknow has become a topic of discussion." TFT : What steps has the government taken to Domestic Production of Defence Equipment’s? RS : Government has taken many steps to boost production and promote indigenous design, development & manufacture of defence equipment. Defence Procurement Procedure (DPP) has been revised in 2016 wherein specific provisions have been introduced for stimulating growth of the domestic defence industry including private sector. FDI Policy has been revised and under the revised policy, FDI is allowed under automatic route upto 49% and beyond 49% through Government route wherever it is likely to result in access to modern technology or for other reasons to be recorded. An innovation ecosystem for Defence titled Innovations for Defence Excellence (iDEX) has been launched in April, 2018. iDEX is aimed at creation of an ecosystem to foster innovation and technology development in Defence and Aerospace by engaging Industries including MSMEs, Start-ups, Individual Innovators, R&D institutes and Academia and provide them grants/ funding and other support to carry out R&D which has potential for future adoption for Indian defence and aerospace needs. The “Make” Procedure has been simplified with provisions for funding of 90% of development cost by the Government to Indian industry and reserving Government funded Make-I projects not exceeding development cost of Rs.10 Crore & procurement cost Rs. 50 Crore per year for MSMEs. The industry funded Make-II Projects not exceeding development cost of Rs.3 Crore & procurement cost Rs. 50 Crore per year have also been reserved for MSMEs in addition to many other important steps.
“We are very optimistic looking at how the first day went as it showed we’ve properly hit the nerve of this industry by grouping together the right people here!” – Michael Dehn Michael Dehn – General Manager, Sales & Marketing, Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs India Pvt. Ltd. talks with Bhavishya V Boricha about International Elevator and exelator Expo 2020 (IEE Expo 2020) held recently at Bombay Exhibition & Convention Centre and reveals why it is the leading show of its industry. TFT : How has your time been here in India? MD : Oh! Fantastic. I have been here for one and a half years now and w e’ v e p r o b a b l y h a d 20 t o 3 0 exhibitions in this time which helped us in learning a lot about this market. It’s a very exciting and dynamic market. My overall time has been really exciting here! TFT : What would you like to tell us about the IEE Expo? MD : This is the first edition that I am witnessing myself as the last show was two years ago. If you’ve had the chance to look around, you’ll know it’s a very nice exhibition and a technical show with very high quality exhibitors displaying elevator components, maintenance solutions and anything that you basically need to run elevators and escalators and to make sure that it’s safe for use and working fine! That’s basically the theme of this exhibition. The visitors are mainly engineers and companies who are involved in either installing or maintaining elevators. Of course, some real estate developers and architects are also taking a look at the latest trends in this industry. So, now that we are here with the show, you could see since the start all highly q u a l i f i e d v i s i t o r s l i n e d u p fo r registration along with that you could also see the exhibitors very much engaged through the entire day and I’m very happy about that.
customers in the market. we’ve properly hit the nerve of this industry by grouping together the right people here!!
TFT : From the business aspect, what are your as well as the stakeholders’ expectations? MD : This is the meeting point of the industry so obviously the expectations are to bring the entire industry together. The show takes place once in two years hence a lot has happened in the meantime and we would like to reflect those developments, we would like to reflect the innovations in the market so that anyone who visits the show knows exactly what this market is and where at which stage it is. Of course, there are expectations of our exhibitors and that’s what we are delivering to them – Business. They want to sign up new distribution agreements or find new
TFT : From a technological aspect, how has the industry evolved over the past ten years? MD : Apart from innovations in durability and strength there have been couple of developments. The drive that drives the elevator have been clearly worked and reworked on – there have been quite some innovations in the last ten years. The other aspect is the entire connectivity. Elevators are now much more able to respond to people who are approaching or are inside the elevator which is unfortunately not yet implemented in many countries but the birth of the smart elevator is something that the people are talking about and the question how the elevators can be smarter because when you look back, elevators were not very responsive to the actual traffic in the building but there are certain technologies that allow them to do that so that your elevator is where you need it to be and has the most efficient schedule. Existing technologies which are a bit older but essential is pre-selection of the floor but there’s also lot happening in terms of mobile connectivity with the actual passengers. Every year you’ll see innovations pushing the industry forward.
CBI arrests two ITPO officials on graft charge The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested two officials of the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) for allegedly demanding a bribe to allot a stall-space to a Gujarat-based company for the coming “Aahar Fair 2020.” The agency received the complaint from the owner of an event management
and liasoning firm, which had been hired by a Rajkot-based company to book space for the fair to be held from March 3 to 7. Payment for the allotment was done, following which, the complainant went to collect the necessary documents when, it is alleged, deputy manager Akshay Singh demanded Rs 1.25 lakh in
bribe, according to the FIR. The CBI verified the complaint, following which Mr. Singh and Manager Rohit Sonkar were arrested.
“IITM strives to foster a healthy environment for business to client and business to business organisations all across the globe” - Rohit Hangal TFT Reporter Adrija Dasgupta questions Rohit Hangal, Director of Sphere Travel Media and Exhibitions, on things related to India International Travel Mart which was held recently in Science city, Kolkata. for exhibitors? RH : It is very difficult to monitor R.O.I.But it can be said atleast 80 to 90% exhibitors profit from this grand event.
TFT : What will be the focal point of India International Travel Mart 2020? RH : It is the biggest platform to create opportunities in business network. ”India International Travel Mart” will showcase a variety of destinations from different spheres such as pilgrimages, adventures, culture and heritage, beaches, hills and much more. This is an exhibition which provides a platform between buyers and sellers under one roof. You can get access to over a 1000 destinations around the world. TFT : Tell our readers something about your company ‘Sphere Travel Media and Exhibitions’. RH : With this year’s edition of IITM in Kolkata, Sphere Travel Media and Exhibitions completes 20 years of providing the travel industry and discerning buyers from the travel trade and corporate sector an opportunity to do business. TFT : How many domestic and international companies are participating in this event? RH : International participants at “India International Travel Mart” this year are Abu Dhabi, Mauritius, Turkey, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and China. Domestic participation from Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Goa, Jharkhand, Nagaland, Assam, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Odisha. The participants include Travel Agents and Tour Operators, D.M.C, Hotels and Resorts, National Tourist Organizations, Cruises, Airlines, Online Travel Portals, etc. The three day event will showcase glimpses from travel, tourism and hospitality industries.
TFT : How important is this event going to be for the stakeholders? RH : We have been in this industry since decades. In these years, we have made countless associations from the industry that only very few claim. These connections have helped to develop our industry. The participants from the states of Kerala, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh and many more destinations will be seen aggressively marketing their products with their travel and tourism stakeholders.
TFT : How important is the role of Tourism in the economy of India? RH : With the rapid economic development taking place in the country and availability of greater disposable income combined with affordable holiday packages, tourism in India is increasing steadily and act as a catalyst for the furthering the economic growth in view of its wide ranging linkage effects and multiple impacts. TFT : What new introductions will be seen in this show? RH : India International Travel Mart Kolkata is a national level travel event.It aims at providing a comprehensive panorama in the field of travel industry. It is a great place for connecting with global network of decision makers,executives or to simply book a vacation trip in the travel industry.This event strives to foster a healthy environment for business to client or business to business organisations all across the globe.This event provides immense opportunities where travel meets trade which enables networking, negotiating and conducting business. TFT : What is the return on investment
TFT : Kindly give us an insight into your future plans? RH : In the coming year, the event will start at Bangalore. It is an opportunity to grow the business in one platform. This is a B2B and B2C n e t w o r k i n g o p p o r t u n i t y, f o r professionals within this ever growing industry. It is the most important national exhibition for Travel and Tourism Trade Industry. But we have to focus on lots of Domestic Tourism also. TFT : What are the positive and negative sides of being an organizer? RH : We serve five to ten thousand hotels. It is great to be a catalyst. Diverse Tourism segments on display such as Pilgrimage Travel, Adventure, Cultural pursuits, etc. Today, we are a multimillion dollar company. We are happy that we provide our industry to families, friends, couples, for a good holiday destinations. Ups and downs in are the main key factors to become a good organizer. We also have to find a good place to do the event in a better way. Lastly discipline in life is the main thing to become a good organizer. TFT : What will be your advice for a successful and sustainable show? RH : This show is valuable for the exhibitors who participate in it.This event showcases destinations between travel agents and visitors under one roof and one platform.
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“Kerala can easily be called the only place that has an unbroken tradition of Ayurveda”- V. M. Saleem TFT Reporter Adrija Dasgupta questions V. M. Saleem, Tourist Information Officer, of Kerala, Department of Tourism, on things related to Kerala Tourism, which was held recently in “The Park”, Kolkata. taste of various cultures.
TFT : How has your time been in Kolkata and in this Press Conference? VMS : It has been lovely. I got to know more about Kolkata’s culture and its people. The Press Conference turned out to be as expected. We got what we came for. TFT : What is the main theme of this Conference? VMS : This is the second phase of a string of Partnership Meets being organized in Ten Indian Cities. This is basically B2B meet. After the successful meet in Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Kerala Tourism officials are delighted to be here in this conference. TFT : What is the true essence of Kerala Tourism? VMS : The true essence of Kerala Tourism is the Great Backwaters. It is a 900 km long water world spread across Kerala. This fascinating geographical feature was formed by the action of waves and shore currents creating low barrier islands across the mouths of rivers flowing down from the Western Ghats mountain range. What makes the backwaters unique is its flora and fauna, its people and their lifestyle as well as their customs and traditions. TFT : Tell us something about the concept of “Village Life Experience”? VMS : To make tourism a sustainable enterprise, the Responsible Tourism Mission introduced the concept of Village Life Experience. The customized experience include backwater cruises, calm boat rides, thrilling canoe cruises, and silent walks through lush greenery and paddy fields. TFT : Why Kerala is known as the“Home of Ayurveda”? VMS : Kerala can easily be called the only place that has an unbroken tradition of Ayurveda. For centuries, Ayurveda was
TFT : What the Kerala kitchen showcases? VMS : The Kerala kitchen also showcases the magnanimity in its Cheena Chatti (Chinese Work),the cheena bharani (Chinese Jar), etc.
sought after by the people as a prime option for healing almost every ailment. The Vaidyas (traditional practitioners) especially the legendary Ashtavaidyas renowned for their magical healing touch played a key role in strengthening the tradition of Ayurveda in the state. Long before the world woke up to Ayurveda, it was a way of life in Kerala-connected to almost every aspect of daily life. The monsoon season of Karkidaka(JulyAugust) considered as the ideal time for Ayurveda, was kept aside for rejuvenative Ayurveda massages and diets. TFT : What will the event focus on? VMS : It will focus on finding global buyers and exploring new markets for Champions Boat League (CBL), adventure tourism and Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE). TFT : What are the most significant features of Kerala Cuisine? VMS : The most significant feature of Kerala cuisine is perhaps its assimilation of the different flavours and tastes from across the world, contributed by its trade relations. At the centre of this relationships, was the spices of the land. The lure of the spices was so strong that historical evidence has it that even before the time of Christ there were Greeks, Arabs, Romans, Jews and Chinese merchants trading with Kerala. Kerala cuisine has a
TFT : What are the role of Government and Economic Impacts of Kerala Tourism? VMS : -Kerala Tourism has won several national and international recognitions, mainly due to the regions picturesque beauty and states responsible tourism projects. Kerala government’s tourism expenditure is one biggest in the country. Tourism constitutes 10 percent of Kerala’s G.D.P, as per official though found to be highly unsuccessful and ineffective, the government has spent a significant amount of money on government run tourism services. Kerala’s international tourism sustains on visitors from a few countries, while domestic tourism is dependent on tourist from within the state, despite the huge spending on tourism promotion by the government. Tourism promotion and marketing should be the responsibility of the private sector, which will help in implementing innovative marketing methods for attracting international tourists from more countries and domestic tourists from other states. TFT : What are the places of tourist interest in Kerala? VMS : Kerala is a charming South Indian destination that should be in every travelers bucket list. The backwaters, sprawling and lush tea estates, pristine hill stations, and Arabian Sea, Kerala boasts numerous tourist places with which you fell attracted instantly. Kerala tourism has not only natural beauty but its culture is also very rich and charming.
Anti-epidemic Subsidy to the C&E industry To boost conventions and exhibitions in Hong Kong, the Government will subsidise both participants and organisers for the year to come. Any company – local or overseas, large or small – will enjoy 50% off the participation fee at each exhibition and major convention organised by HKTDC.
Organisers of exhibitions and international conventions at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre or AsiaWorld-Expo will enjoy a subsidy that covers 100% of the rental. International convention refers to those with over 400 participants and at least 50% non-local participants.
Media Expo Mumbai 2020 concludes after a stellar display of revolutionary innovations From featuring transformative showcases to providing networking opportunities, Media Expo Mumbai 2020 concluded as another successful edition in its series. Innovations like the Dimense printer and Podlabs were among the show stealing displays at the expo.
A platform equipped with next-gen innovations and opportunities for business collaboration, the 46th edition of Media Expo held from 20 – 22 February 2020 at Bombay Exhibition Center, Mumbai delivered a highly-prolific and dynamic experience to both the exhibitors and visitors. Over the course of three days, the trade fair welcomed 12,554 visitors to a plethora of products and technologies from 159 exhibitors, including 21 new entrants on the show floor. While the fair succeeded in delivering prime opportunities for exploring new t e ch n o l ogy a n d i n i t i a t i ng n e w engagements, the launch of Media Expo Excellence Awards (MEA) 2020 emerged as one of the key highlights of this edition. A platform celebrating innovations in OOH, MEA 2020 awarded the initiatives of agencies and vendors involved in creative brand campaigns. Concluding the honorary night, KV Sridhar, aka Pops, an iconic ad guru and a member of the jury panel currently serving as the Founder and Chief Creative Officer at HyperCollective, said: “I think outdoor has been one of the neglected mediums that have not been honoured enough. I think this brilliant effort through MEA 2020 will allow people to focus on capabilities in OOH and will bring in far more creativity, technology and demand for the OOH advertising which is an apparent need of the hour.” New product unveilings and live demonstrations of latest industrial technology from major brands like Hewlett Packard (HP), Fujifilm, Colorjet, Ace Infotex, Mimaki, Mehta Cad Cam, Negi and Aestrik Techno Signs piqued the interest of various buyers and decision makers from the industry.
Participating for the first time, our experience at Media Expo has been phenomenal. Toptier professionals visiting our booth like brand marketers, brand owners, and advertising heads have conveyed their interest in our product. After receiving so much exposure, we are certainly happy with the current edition and will surely be looking forward to the next New Delhi edition. -Atul Gaikwad, Director and CEO at Podlabs Bringing innovations from across the sector, Media Expo garnered significant attention from the business heads, top industry personnel, suppliers, retailers and various other professionals visiting the fair who were treated to a glimpse of the futuristic technology in advertising, media print and digital signage platforms. Limca book of records holder and widelycelebrated interior designer, Kanika Bawa, impressed by the quality and variety of displays at Media Expo Mumbai 2020, shared: “Media Expo was an eye-opener to me. It was an all-encompassing experience to witness such feature-rich products as well as the technology involved in them. It was also an enriching experience as we could interact with the manufacturers and understand the process right from input to the final product.” Futuristic displays from the show floor Leading an ensemble of new-age technology at Media Expo Mumbai 2020,
the Dimense printer by Apsom Infotex Ltd provided a glimpse into the revolutionary capabilities of printers. Executing high-profile and high-speed 3D wallpaper printing and embossing, the printer renders a premium and durable output. Another fine addition to the products featured at the fair was the AI and machine-learning based point of display (PoD) technology by the brand ‘Podlabs’. From analysing the gender to assess the behavioural response of any consumer to a specific product, Podlabs offers a precise description of consumer’s gender, age, behaviour, preferences, and other relative intelligence towards any given product in an app based UI. Owing to such revolutionary showcase in Point of Purchase (POP), Podlabs garnered the attention of several visitors at the fair. Atul Gaikwad, Director and CEO at Podlabs, commended Media Expo as a venue of remarkable opportunities as he summarised his first-ever experience as an exhibitor at the fair: “Participating for the first time, our experience at Media Expo has been phenomenal. Top-tier professionals visiting our booth like brand marketers, brand owners, and advertising heads have conveyed their interest in our product. After receiving so much exposure, we are certainly happy with the current edition and will surely be looking forward to the next New Delhi edition.” Media Expo Mumbai 2020 concluded on a high-note introducing the industry to a new face of innovation in advertising, print media, and the signage segment. The next edition of Media Expo, that is scheduled to be held at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi from 18 – 20 September 2020, will continue to feature a wide variety of high-end innovations on its show floor.
MatDispens and VRTech India to be part of Messe Muenchen India trade fair portfolio
Monica Nayyar Patnaik appointed Chairperson of FICCI, Odisha State Council
With her appointment, Patnaik becomes the first Indian media and entertainment industry executive to assume a leadership role in a state chapter Monica Nayyar Patnaik, Managing Director of Sambad, the largest circulated Odia vernacular, has been appointed as the Chairperson of Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry’s (FICCI) Odisha State Council. With her appointment, Patnaik becomes the first Indian media and entertainment i n d u s t r y executive to assume a leadership role in a state chapter. Before this appointment, Patnaik held the post of cochair of the Odisha State Council of FICCI for 2019-20. “Let me thank you for co-chairing the FICCI Odisha State Council in the year 2019. Your support and guidance have been invaluable and FICCI is privileged by your association. May I now invite you to take up the responsibility of chairing the FICCI Odisha State Council”, Sangeeta Reddy, president of FICCI said in a written communiqué. Reddy, one of the leading woman members of India Inc is the spouse of Pratap Reddy and is the joint managing director of Apollo Hospitals Group. She was nominated as the national president of FICCI for 2019-20. Expressing her pleasure at the appointment, Patnaik said, “I look forward to working with the chambers in the new capacity. I would work along with the team of FICCI for strengthening its presence in the state”. Patnaik has also been appointed as the national governing body member of FICCI – Media & Entertainment Skills Council in 2012. She also serves on the governing body of Association of Radio Operators of India (AROI). Lately, Patnaik completed a leadership course from the Oxford University. “Sambad Group is the only media house in the state and probably in the country which caters to all sections of the society. It is the most diversified media company in the state and has set a benchmark in all its verticals. We are committed to deliver quality content to our target audience”, Patnaik says. Her husband Soumya Ranjan Patnaik is a noted media baron being the founder and Editor of Sambad. He is also the sitting MLA from Odisha’s Khandapada assembly constituency.
Messe Muenchen India will now host MatDispens and VRTech India which were earlier organized by Focussed Events. VRTech India is the country’s only ConFex that explores the application of virtual reality and augmented reality in various sectors. MatDispens focuses on adhesives, sealants and related dispensing technologies used across diverse industries. Messe Muenchen India intends to endorse enterprising concepts like augmented and virtual reality with VRTech India. Matdispens addresses the burgeoning adhesive and sealant dispensing technologies and with this venture the trade fair organizer strives to further support the niche market by facilitating a singular, powerful platform. Messe Muenchen India currently organizes technology oriented trade fairs that include electronica India, productronica India, SmartCards Expo and LASER World of PHOTONICS INDIA. Bhupinder Singh, CEO, Messe Muenchen India commented, “Both
MatDispens and VRTech India cater to emerging sectors in India, we are delighted to add the trade fairs to our growing portfolio and explore the market further.” Sameer Khedkar from Focussed Events, responsible for the launch of MatDispens and VRTech India, will now head new business initiatives at Messe Muenchen India and oversee the trade fairs. Sameer Khedkar stated, “The synergies of VRTech India and MatDispens are well alligned with Messe Muenchen India’s existing trade fairs. With Messe Muenchen India’s global network and strong presence, the trade fairs will gain a stronger foothold in the market.” VRTech India and MatDispens will be strategically co-located with LASER World of PHOTONICS INDIA and productronica India respectively to ensure maximum ROI for attendees. The upcoming editions of VRTech India and MatDispens are scheduled in September at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC) in Bengaluru.
MEX Exhibitions announces First-Ever Trade Show on Gifting & Stationery in Sri Lanka The organisers of highly renowned Gifts World Expo are now taking the show to Colombo after successful editions in New Delhi and Bengaluru. India’s leading trade exhibitions company ‘MEX Exhibitions Pv t. Ltd.’ has announced the launch of Gifts World Expo + Stationery Expo in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Scheduled from October 2-4, 2020, the show is designed to fill in the gap created by the absence of a trade show on gifting and stationery solutions in the country. There are opportunities galore for various players in this industry, and this Expo will act as a meeting point where they would get an opportunity to understand the dynamics and gauge the requirements of their clients. Commenting on the launch, Gaurav Juneja, Director, MEX Exhibitions Pvt. Ltd., said, “This show in Colombo is an effort towards creating an organised platform for the gifting and stationery fraternity in Sri Lanka. It gives me immense pleasure and pride to say that we are going to bring the first such show to the island country. It not only presents a sea of opportunities for stakeholders but also offers them a space where they could interact with like-minded individuals who are working to promote the interests of gifting industry.” Gifts World Expo Colombo + Stationery Expo is a replication of the company’s twin shows in New Delhi and Bengaluru, while also featuring certain new highlights, in tune with specific needs of Sri Lankan market. Being an open market economy with high social indicators, Sri Lanka is a natural destination for business for companies all over the world. A member of SAARC, it has strong ties with various neighbours in the sub-continent as well as deep economic bonds with countries such as US, UK, EU, Singapore and Germany. A developmental success story in many ways, Sri Lanka has transitioned into an upper middle-income country with a
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Get in touch with EXHICON to know more total population of 2.14 crores. These facts present a very rosy p i c t u re fo r i n ve s t o r s a n d professionals eyeing the Sri Lankan market. The exhibits at the show can be categorised under various heads, namely – corporate gifting, awards & trophies, home décor, handicrafts, electronic gadgets, appliances, gourmet hampers, gold & silver gifts etc. Besides these segments of exhibits, a special concurrent show dedicated to stationery solutions will also be unveiled at the venue. Stationery Expo will be a comprehensive destination for sourcing all kinds of stationery supplies, creating a one-stopshop for the entire community to congregate and network for pushing the industry to greater heights. The show will feature paper products, office & educational supplies, art supplies, writing instruments, office automation etc. It will facilitate sourcing from amongst unlimited options of stationery supplies and will help bulk buyers keep their stocks ready for the coming year. Both the shows, main and concurrent, will assist the exhibitors in getting in touch with their target clientele through face to face meetings in a highly professional environment. These are designed to meet the requirements of a dynamic industry, where brands strive to offer something novel and innovative to their customers on a regular basis. They will plug the gap between demand and supply and helps fulfill the evolving needs of buyers in the Sri Lankan marketplace.
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Develop Homestays in India for Budget Tourists India should follow Malaysia, Germany, Britain and Thailand explains Om Prakash, ex-Chairman TAAI (WR) Director, InORBIT Tours Pvt. Ltd. India is facing an acute shortage of Budget Hotels to meet the growing demands of Budget travellers from abroad and domestic. The 5 star hotels accommodation is very expensive and prohibitive. India is out priced by our neighbouring countries such as Thailand, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and even Singapore, thereby India lose inbound budget tourists. The Government of India Tourism Department should follow thesuccess stories of Malaysia, Germany, Britain and Thailand. Malaysia As per the recent report published by Datuk Ahmed Zihad Hamidi, Dy. Tourism Ministry of Malaysia, “Tourists love Homestays”. Homestays in Malaysia are popular with visitors and in some regions they are fully booked throughout the year. Malaysia has developed Homestays holidays packages for international students with the cooperation of travel agents and tour operators. They also offer language and leadership courses to encourage tourists for longer stays. Such focused stays range from 7 days to 7 months and costs about RM 4000 (about Rs. 50000/-) onwards. The entire Homestays project is under the supervision of Ministry of Tourism of Malaysia.
in Germany and through travel trade in other countries. This provides confidence and security to the international guests. Most of the families spare one or two rooms out of their apartments and provide even breakfast and meals if need on extra payment. Self-experience I have personally used all Homestays in Malaysia, Britain and in many cities of Germany. In all countries, I had experienced friendly Hosts and the stay provided cultural exchange and created friendship. In fact, we exchange greetings
with most of the hosts and love to get an opportunity to stay with the same hosts whenever possible in future. I hope that the Tourism Ministry of India will also take interest and regularise Homestays in many cities of India. This will attract more of Budget Travellers, but also provide economic support to the Hosts and growth of tourism.
More details can be obtained from Om Prakash, Director – InORBIT Tours Pvt. Ltd. Readers can send their views at email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Germany Germany pioneered and encouraged homestays to meet the demand of Business visitors to their famous trade fairs and exhibitions, which attract from one lac to 7 lac Visitors from all over the world at one time. Such arrangements of Homestays are available in all major trade fair cities of Germany such as Hannover, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Frankfurt and Munich. The Homestay arrangements are handled through the local tourist offices. Britain Britain has developed this facility not only in major cities like London, Birmingham, Oxford, Liverpool bu also Farmstays in the country side / villages. These accommodations are marketed by travel agents, who have published colourful brochures. Even the British Tourism Authority Office is taking full interest an involved in marketing Homestays. Thailand In Thailand ‘Farmstays’ are becoming popular and a large number of international tourists stay for long in the countryside. Some Farmstays offer Agriculture study programmes too. Hence this contributes to th economic support to the Hosts and for the growth of tourism. The homes are inspected and approved by the local tourist offices and the facilities confirm to house international guests. The price is also fixed bylocal tourists authorities. Even the sales and marketing is handled by tourist offices
Trade Show Exhibit Managers… Increase Kudos and Atta-Boys with these 3 Big Money Saving ‘Services’ Shortcuts for Improved Trade Show ROI Richard Erschik nurtures a passion to teach trade show exhibitors short cuts he learned the hard way as an exhibitor in a major U.S. industry. He is among the highest rated exhibitor educators, and trainers in the country. He has been a Roundtable moderator, FastTrak instructor, and featured speaker and presenter at the EXHIBITOR Show in Las Vegas for 18-years.Phone/Text 630-642-6500 Richard@ExhibitorTrainingWebinar.com www.ExhibitorTrainingWebinar.com A lot has changed in trade show exhibiting over the past few years. Especially the cost. So instead of simply doing what your predecessor did in the exhibit manager role, maybe it’s time for you to look outside-thebox and learn about some changes you can make, and cost saving shortcuts you can take, that will save your company a lot of money, and maybe even advance your career. There are not a lot of places you can go for a trade show exhibit manager education and training, today. So taking on the personal initiative to learn is a challenge that can go a long way. If you have been in the exhibit manager role long enough, you know that the cost of exhibiting in trade shows continues to rise, as does the burden of generating a positive return on investment (ROI.) You can basically forget about the acronyms return on objective (ROO) and return on experience (ROE.) Return on investment (ROI) is all that’s important to upper management in your company. You can be a contributor to ROI and be a hero. Or you can ignore it and update your resume to eventually move on. Cost cutting is paramount to increasing ROI today. In my previous life, I was an exhibit manager in a prominent manufacturing industry company. I used to have comparatively large sized booths in the area of 20x40s and 40x60s. We exhibited in five regional and one bi-annual trade show per year. Each booth had a lot of operating machinery in it. In fact, general contractors and union labor either loved me, or hated me, when I developed shortcuts that saved my company tens of thousands of dollars of exhibiting service cost. I know what it’s like to tape machine layout borders onto the plastic that covered my booth’s carpet, then to sit on carpet rolls and shipping crates for hours waiting for union labor to place the equipment in my booth. So I have walked in your shoes and felt your pain when it comes to what trade shows are like, for the hands-on exhibit manager. Exhibit managers need to acquire years of expensive experience to develop the following 3 shortcuts that can save your company thousands of dollars in exhibiting cost. In fact, I didn’t’ even know, that I
didn’t know about them, when I was a rookie. 1. Electrical I typically had four operating machines in my booth that would traditionally require four individual electric power hookups (drops) from the General Contractor. Instead of ordering four individual power-drops (cha-ching, cha-ching,) I would order just one power-drop from the show, and plug it into a power box that I had my company design. The power box worked like a high voltage extension cord, or power strip, with multiple outlets into which I would plug each machine. I would then run the cords under the carpet and cover the ‘bumps”’ with guards made for that purpose. That one cost saving was huge and went a long way in my “Kudos and Atta boy file” when I brought it to the attention of my company’s management during the dreaded post show wrap up meeting. You know the meeting I’m sure. It’s the post-show meeting where company management asks that inevitable question, “How was the show?” and the ensuing blame-game that follows. I could write volumes about that post show meeting. However, for now, here is another cost savings shortcut when it comes to trade show services. 2. Rigging Getting back to the four operating machines. They were big and heavy. In addition, they generally required a very big (expensive by the hour) cherry-picker or crane to properly place (spot) the machines into their individual locations in the booth. (In line with the previously mentioned tape
marks.) Again, cha-ching, cha-ching for the GC. And OMG if they ever had to be moved a titch after they had been placed. That would be cha-ching, cha-ching on steroids. WTF at that point also meant… Where’s The Foreman? So how did I mitigate the huge expense of needing a cherry-picker or crane to move the machines into place? Before the show, I had wooden platforms built that attached to the bottom of each machine. The platforms served two functional purposes. Functional purpose number one: I covered each platform with contrasting color carpet, onto which visitors could step-up and look at the workings of the machines. Functional purpose number two: I had the platforms built as a “skid” or “pallet” under which the forks of a large lift truck would fit to spot the machines in the booth at far less cost than a cherry picker or crane. Thousands more dollars were saved as a result of the functional platforms that were built by the company’s shipping department, so they didn’t cost an arm and a leg. And, the platforms were attached to the machines before they were shipped to the show, which made overall handling a lot easier. 3. I&D When I first became an exhibit manager, I&D could have meant Idiot & Dummy instead of Installation and Dismantling. Because I thought that I&D had to be provided by the exhibit builder that was supplying my display materials. They never told me any different. Why would they? So when I saw it as a line item on their proposal, it looked like a necessity from them. A necessity it was, but not necessarily a service that I couldn’t buy ‘direct’ from an independent I&D service provider and save the exorbitant markup the exhibit builder was simply ‘tacking on’ to the invoice for buying the service from an independent I&D supplier on my behalf. Be prepared for a slippery slope when you broach the subject of I&D, as its hidden lucratively is a very sensitive subject. So there you have it. Three money saving exhibiting tips and shortcuts that were acquired from years of exhibiting experience, in areas where you can save your company thousands of dollars. Maybe the savings will take the strain off your trade show budget, and let you have a little more fun in the cities in which you exhibit.
The 27th edition of SATTE concludes on a high note Mapping trends and Building Partnerships, a key focus at the South East Travel and Tourism Expo Informa Markets in India kick started the New Year with a promising start at the 27th edition of SATTE, a leading B2B travel trade engagement show, held at the India Expo Mart, Greater Noida, Delhi – NCR. The three-day expo witnessed a tremendous response from the travel, tourism and hospitality industry with participation from over 1,100 exhibitors and co-exhibitors, along with representation from over 50 countries and 104 Indian cities. The show was attended by over 35,000 travel and tourism professionals, while hosting 200 International Buyers and 500+ Indian buyers. The marquee expo was inaugurated by Chief Guest, Shri Prahalad Singh Patel, Union Minister of State for Tourism & Culture (I/C), Government of India along with key dignitaries- Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of State (I/C) for Shipping, Govt. of India; YB Tuan Muhammad Bakhtiar bin Wan Chik, Deputy Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia; Nia Niscaya, Deputy Minister of Tourism Marketing, Ministry of Tourism of the Republic of Indonesia; Michael Goh, President, Dream Cruises & Head of International Sales, Genting Cruise Lines; Subhash Goyal, Honorary secretary, FAITH; Michael Duck, Executive Vice President – Asia, Informa Markets and Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, Informa Markets in India and amidst an august gathering. Standing true to its focus of building new business partnerships and announcements, the expo discussed current trends in the ever-evolving industry. Like every successful year, SATTE 2020 hosted an exciting line-up of conferences to enlighten the industry by addressing the challenges and opportunities that Indian tourism offers. The exhibition received active support from various Indian and International travel and trade associations, wedding planners, corporate travel decision makers and investors amongst others. Indonesia was the Premium Partner country for SATTE 2020 while Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Sri Lanka were the other Partner Countries. While Mauritius was the feature country at the coveted expo, Dubai was a Partner Destination. Goa, Odisha, West Bengal, Karnataka, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan were partner states for the 27th edition of SATTE, while Uttar Pradesh was the host state for the show. Day 1 at the expo witnessed two panel discussions: The ‘Global Economic Scenario and Tourism Trends’ talked about the emerging scenario in global travel and tourism industry in India. The second panel discussion: ‘Adventure
Tourism: Unlocking New Avenues’ focused on the major challenges and opportunities in adventure tourism. Day 2 of the SATTE 2020 conference organized a panel discussion on Cinema Tourism. Day 2 was also a Corporate Travel Day powered by the Corporate Travel Community (CTC) that organized two powerful sessions on Airline Programmes + NDC Education Forum and ‘The Accommodation Outlook and Technology Innovations Education Forum’. Apart from these, the Network of India MICE Agents (NIMA) organized a set of 4 sessions and 1 workshop on MICE tourism. The sessions on both days were extremely insightful to industry leaders as they were presented with a deeper understanding on the industry and a futuristic outlook towards business survival. Making their entry for the first time this year, The Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) held a series of meetings where they promoted the Kingdom as a leading tourism destination. As for the Tourism Department of Jammu and Kashmir, a massive publicity campaign was launched at this year’s expo. Catering to India’s growing multi-generation travellers who are seeking new travel options, the star attraction was the launch of Genting Cruise Lines- ‘Global Dream’, Dream Cruises’ first global class ship set to arrive in Asia in 2021. The 20-deck Global Dream will be the largest and first global class cruise ship in the world by passenger capacity, accommodating over 9,000 passengers across 2,350 cabins. Speaking at the successful conclusion of SATTE 2020, Yogesh Mudras, Managing Director, for Informa Markets in India said, “SATTE has always been an insightful exhibition for us because of its ambitious nature. It has emerged as one of South Aisa’s largest international travel show that both the exhibitors and buyers from across the world participate to showcase as well as shop for the diverse global travel and tourism products and services. The most impressive thing this year was the overwhelming response from the exhibitors and the discussions at the conferences which were linked to trending subjects like Tourism and Jobs,
Corporate Travel, simplification of e-visas, destination weddings etc. providing a great opportunity for all. With SATTE, we hope to provide viable solutions to help business thrive in the ever-evolving industry” Uttarakhand Tourism was one of the key participants at the South Asian Travel and Tourism Exchange (SATTE 2020), also hosting a gala networking dinner with the State Tourism Minister Shri Satpal Maharaj in attendance. The evening was studded by cultural dances like Chholia, Chapeli and Jaunsari that were appreciated by over 600 travel-tour operators, hoteliers and media representatives from India and abroad. For the first time, South African Tourism engaged in a highly successful association with SATTE 2020. Speaking at the trade show, Neliswa Nkani, Hub Head – MEISEA, South African Tourism said, “We are extremely delighted with the reception South Africa received at SATTE 2020. We are also grateful to the trade fraternity for their support in packaging and endorsing the best of the Rainbow Nation. At South African Tourism, we constantly strive to introduce innovative products and experiences to allow each of our source markets a relevant, customized and memorable itinerary. As Indian travellers are looking to pack in a lot of action within shorter time spans, our New Region offerings were particularly well-received by the travel trade this year.”According to Shri Satpal Maharaj, “Uttarakhand is the land of spirituality, yoga and adventure. It is called Devbhoomi for a good reason. The rich natural resource here makes it a most suitable tourism destination catering to diverse needs. From being the yoga capital, and the seat of bird watching, wild life and adventure tourism, to being in focus internationally, with the Beatles group and Steve Jobs famously coming to our land, you get it all in our beautiful state and we welcome you there. I am delighted to be at SATTE and appreciate the expo’s efforts in bringing into focus the hidden gems and unexplored treasures of the world.” Shri Maharaj also formally unveiled the mascot ‘Barfi’ of the Himalayan mountain biking competition to be held from 25 April to 2 May 2020.
IELA presents “No Exhibit, No Show – Navigating the Challenges of exhibition logistics” at EuroShop 2020 IELA Board Member Christoph Rauch & IELA Executive Officer Elizabeth Niehaus had the opportunity yesterday to present IELA solutions regarding new resources and way-outs of difficulties with customs imports in emerging countries or specific difficult markets. The event was Expo & Event Marketing in Düsseldorf, the most important show worldwide on expo and event marketing, live communication and brand experience. The session “No Exhibit, No Show” was organised on February 19th 2020 during EuroShop 2020 at Messe Düsseldorf, Germany (February 16th -20th). Christoph Rauch developed on the advantages of working with IELA Members and answered key questions arising with shipments and logistics in worldwide event management. One major challenge is how to cut through the red tape: import procedures are getting stricter and common problems linked to customs procedures and a shortage of freight space become more and more relevant. Examples of the subjects tackled are: n How are you dealing with the challenge of delays due to the lack of capacity or increasing bureaucracy? n How do exhibition & event logistics professionals meet the special requirements that stand designers and exhibitors are facing? n How does digitization impact the way exhibits and stands finally reach the show destination? Christoph Rauch presented two case studies on Russia and Africa. He highlighted for example that customs procedures in Russia are taken extremely seriously with high fines and taxes enforced for not abiding by the rules. In addition to this, the country has unique intellectual property protection laws that necessitate special import permits from manufacturers and copyright owners. When talking about exhibition logistics in Africa, in many countries there is huge bureaucracy within all Government bodies. When working with Customs brokers in African countries it is always best to try and work with someone who you have some kind of previous dealing with, or someone who has been referred to you. Working with an unknown broker can lead to many problems. Many will use delaying tactics to extort money. These could be supposed incorrect documentation. Many of the problems and delays at border crossings can be alleviated by making use of a known agent or an IELA member. The presentation was concluded by presenting the new IELA Organiser & Exhibitor portals. Here you can find tips and tricks from experienced freight forwarders with practice-oriented solutions, as well as advice which help in preparing the transit of goods across borders.
Upcoming Trade Shows, mARCH 2020 Bengaluru INDIA NANO
Indian Ceramics Asia
Oil & Gas World Expo
Industrial Internet of Things India
Date : 03 - 05 Mar 2020 Venue : The Exhibition Centre, Gandhinagar, India Organiser : Messe Muenchen India Pvt. Ltd.
Date : 04 - 06 Mar 2020 Venue : Bombay Exhibition Centre (BEC), Mumbai, India Organiser : Jasubhai Media Private Limited Mumbai
Date : 05 - 06 Mar 2020 Venue : Hyatt Regency Gurgaon, Gurgaon, India Organiser : SingEx Exhibitions (India) Pvt. Ltd
Panacea Natural Products Expo India
MEDICAL FAIR INDIA
Lighting Insulation Ventilation and Ergonomics
Bangalore Fashion Week
Date : 05 - 07 Mar 2020 Venue : World Trade Centre, Mumbai, India Organiser : Seishido Communications
Date : 05 - 07 Mar 2020 Venue : Bombay Exhibition Centre (BEC), Mumbai, India Organiser : Messe Dusseldorf India Pvt. Ltd.
Date : 06 - 07 Mar 2020 Venue : The Lalit Ashok Bangalore, Bengaluru, India Organiser : Confederation Of Indian Industry, Northern Region
Date : 05 - 08 Mar 2020 Venue : The Oterra Hotel, Bengaluru, India Organiser : Dream Merchants, Bangalore
India International Build Expo Chennai
The India Pen Show
Unique Gems and Jewellery International
Waste Management Expo
Machine Tools, Manufacturing & Technology
Date : 06 - 08 Mar 2020 Venue : Chennai Trade Centre, Chennai, India Organiser : Prompt Tradefairs( India ) Pvt Ltd
Date : 07 - 08 Mar 2020 Venue : Nehru Centre, Mumbai, India Organiser : Constellations88
Date : 07 - 09 Mar 2020 Venue : Auto Cluster Exhibition Center, Pune, India Organiser : Stylus Events India Pvt. Ltd.
Date : 12 - 13 Mar 2020 Venue : BIEC Bengaluru International Exhibition Centre, Bengaluru Organiser : ICITE-International Chemical Industry Tech Expo
Date : 11 - 14 Mar 2020 Venue : Bombay Exhibition Centre (BEC), Mumbai, India Organiser : Nesco. Ltd.
Date : 02 - 03 Mar 2020 Venue : The Lalit Ashok Bangalore, Bengaluru, India Organiser : MM ACTIV Sci-Tech Communications
Date : 03 - 04 Mar 2020 Venue : Hyderabad International Convention Centre, Hyderabad, Organiser : Electronics and Computer Software Export Promotion Council (ESC)
AAHAR - International Food & Hospitality Fair Date : 03 - 07 Mar 2020 Venue : Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, India Organiser : India Trade Promotion Organization
Indian Recharger Expo
SUTRAA: The Indian Fashion Exhibition
Date : 12 - 14 Mar 2020 Venue : Bombay Exhibition Centre (BEC), Mumbai, India Organiser : NurnbergMesse India
Date : 12 - 14 Mar 2020 Venue : World Trade Centre, Mumbai, India Organiser : Indian Recharger Sources
Date : 13 - 15 Mar 2020 Venue : ZONE By The Park Raipur, Raipur, India Organiser : Sutra Exhibitions LLP
Date : 14 - 15 Mar 2020 Venue : The Ashok Hotel, New Delhi, India Organiser : Services International
Date : 14 - 15 Mar 2020 Venue : Hyatt Regency Chandigarh, Chandigarh, India Organiser : THE WEDDING EXTRAORDINAIRE
Modish Fashion & Lifestyle Exhibition
OutWest Art Show & Sale
Fabrics & Trims Show
Interior Lifestyle India
Date : 14 - 15 Mar 2020 Venue : Hotel Clarks Avadh, Lucknow, India Organiser : MODISH
Date : 18 - 21 Mar 2020 Venue : Hotel Heritage Inn, Coimbatore, India Organiser : Out West Art Foundation
Date : 19 - 21 Mar 2020 Venue : Bombay Exhibition Centre (BEC), Mumbai, India Organiser : Mex Exhibitions Pvt. Ltd.
Date : 19 - 22 Mar 2020 Venue : Bombay Exhibition Centre (BEC), Mumbai, India Organiser : Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs India Pvt. Ltd.
Date : 19 - 22 Mar 2020 Venue : Bombay Exhibition Centre (BEC), Mumbai, India Organiser : Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs India Pvt. Ltd
Corporate Gifts Show
Interior Lifestyle India
Chennai Jewellery & Gem Fair
Date : 19 - 22 Mar 2020 Venue : Bombay Exhibition Centre (BEC), Mumbai, India Organiser : Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs India Pvt. Ltd.
Date : 19 - 22 Mar 2020 Venue : Bombay Exhibition Centre (BEC), Mumbai, India Organiser : Messe Frankfurt Trade Fairs India Pvt. Ltd.
Date : 20 - 22 Mar 2020 Venue : Chennai Trade Centre, Chennai, India Organiser : Informa Markets India
Date : 20 - 22 Mar 2020 Venue : Hitex Exhibition Center, Hyderabad, India Organiser : Reed Exhibitions India
Date : 20 - 22 Mar 2020 Venue : Surat International Exhibition and Convention Centre, Surat, India Organiser : Vardaan Events Pvt Ltd
Global Optics Fair
SUTRAA: The Indian Fashion Exhibition
Date : 20 - 22 Mar 2020 Venue : Surat Expo Centre, Surat, India Organiser : Vardaan Events Pvt Ltd
Date : 14 - 16 Mar 2020 Venue : Expocentre, Noida, India Organiser : SMAVS Services Private Limited
Date : 16-Mar-20 Venue : JW Marriott Mumbai Juhu, Mumbai, India Organiser : Marriage Mantra
Date : 17 - 18 Mar 2020 Venue : Tuli Imperial, Nagpur, India Organiser : Sutra Exhibitions LLP
Date : 17 - 19 Mar 2020 Venue : CODISSIA TRADE FAIR COMPLEX, Coimbatore, India Organiser : The Cotton Textiles Export Promotion Council
ad-tech new delhi
SolarRoofs Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Indian Games Expo
World Property & Investment Show
Date : 18 - 20 Mar 2020 Venue : Mumbai, India Organiser : Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI)
Date : 19 - 20 Mar 2020 Venue : The Leela Ambience Gurugram Hotel & Residences, Gurgaon, India Organiser : Comexposium India
Date : 20 Mar 2020 Venue : Ahmedabad, India Organiser : FirstView Group
Date : 21 - 22 Mar 2020 Venue : Bombay Exhibition Centre (BEC), Mumbai, India Organiser : Event Capital Pvt Ltd
Date : 21 - 22 Mar 2020 Venue : The Lalit New Delhi, New Delhi, India Organiser : Mindscape Exhibitions Pvt Ltd
SSVASS Gems & Jewellery Exhibition
Crescent Moon Exhibition
Strategic Platform for iGaming Conference
Begin Edu Fair - New Delhi
Date : 22 - 24 Mar 2020 Venue : Hotel Surya, Kaiser Palace, Varanasi, India Organiser : SSVASS
Date : 23 - 24 Mar 2020 Venue : The St. Regis Mumbai, Mumbai, India Organiser : OSMOS Multimedia Pvt Ltd
Date : 24-Mar-20 Venue : Four Seasons Hotel Mumbai, Mumbai, India Organiser : Crescent Moon Exhibition
Date : 25 - 27 Mar 2020 Venue : Goa Marriott Resort & Spa, Panjim, India Organiser : Eventus International Ltd
Date : 28-Mar-20 Venue : Hyatt Regency Delhi, New Delhi, India Organiser : Begin Group
Sutraa - The Indian Fashion Exhibition
Begin Edu Fair - Mumbai
India Eduexpos New Delhi
Date : 27 - 29 Mar 2020 Venue : Taj Krishna, Hyderabad, India Organiser : Sutra Exhibitions LLP
Date : 27 - 29 Mar 2020 Venue : Chennai Trade Centre, Nandambakkam, Chenna, Chennai, India Organiser : Sai Solutions
Date : 28 - 29 Mar 2020 Venue : Chennai Trade Centre, Chennai, India Organiser : ADITI- South Zone
Date : 29-Mar-20 Venue : The St. Regis Mumbai, Mumbai, India Organiser : Begin Group
Date : 29 Mar 2020 Venue : New Delhi, India Organiser : FPP Edu-Media
India Carpet Expo-New Delhi
India International Travel Exhibition
Zak Jewels Expo
Date : 28 - 31 Mar 2020 Venue : New Delhi, India Organiser : CARPET EXPORT PROMOTION COUNCIL (CEPC)
Date : 20 - 22 Mar 2020 Venue : Pal Heights Mall, Bhubaneswar, India Organiser : IITE INDIA
Date : 20 - 22 Mar 2020 Venue : Taj Coromandel, Chennai, India Organiser : Zak Trade Fairs & Exhibitions Pvt. Ltd.
India Eduexpos - Bangalore
Begin Edu Fair - Bangalore
Date : 31-Mar-20 Venue : Bengaluru, India Organiser : FPP Edu-Media
Date : 31-Mar-20 Venue : JW Marriott Hotel Bengaluru, Bengaluru, India Organiser : Begin Group
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Asia’s biggest motor show – Auto Expo 2020 ends drawing over 600,000 visitors The expo included 352 product displays from 108 exhibitors. This included eight global premiers and over 70 launches
Asia’s biggest motor show drew to a close on February 12 bringing the curtains down on the six-day extravaganza. Even though it fell short of the overall number of participation, it was one of the biggest in terms of partaking by new entrants. Beating the slowdown that has sapped buyer’s sentiments and hit volumes at auto companies for the past year-and-ahalf, a total of 608,526 people visited the show at India Expo Mart in Greater Noida between February 7 and 12, according to Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM). With a peek into the future of mobility via green technologies, the exposition included 352 product displays from 108 exhibitors. This included eight global premiers and over 70 launches and unveils. It also comprised introduction of 35 electric vehicles and 15 concepts. Though many manufacturers gave the show a miss, those who participated believed in it as a platform to rekindle interest in a slowing market.Rajan Wadhera, president of Siam, said this was the highest footfall at the Motor Show held in Greater Noida, “a testimonial of customer’s aspiration and affection for the automobile Industry.” Rajesh Menon, Siam director general, added the “show will help to revive consumer sentiment
which is crucial for the auto industry.” Though smaller, as compared to last year in terms of participation, there was enough to catch buyers’ fancy from the stables of new entrants — MG Motors, Kia Motors, Great Wall Motors and FAW. Incumbents such as Maruti, Hyundai, Tata Motors, the Volkswagen Group, Renault, Mahindra and Mahindra, among others, also did their bit to draw the crowd. Manohar Bhat, vice president and head of sales and marketing at Kia Motors, said it got an “overwhelming response,” at the expo. Among other models, Kia launched the Carnival at the show. It has garnered over 4,000 bookings for the premium model and drew huge interest from visitors. It also showed the Sonet Concept at show. Adding to the glamour quotient, like in previous editions, were many celebrities including Shah Rukh Khan, Huma Qureshi, Gul Panag, Narain Karthikeyan, Daler Mehndi, among others. “Our biggest takeaway from this expo has been that we have been able to convince the public that we are a British brand,” said Gaurav Gupta, chief commercial officer at MG Motors, which designed its pavilion with a London theme. Gupta’s suggestion to the organisers
was that the expo should be spread out across cities in India and should showcase future technologies. The expo also appeared to have made many visitors considering purchasing new cars. One such buyer, Sanket Gupta, a Bengaluru-based IT professional who had delayed buying a second car, said: “I read and heard about all the new cars and SUVs on display at the show on social media and am now considering test drives.” Vikram Malhotra, 32, IT professional who visited the show and owns a Maruti Vittara Brezza, said he liked the new SUV concept showcased by Maruti. “I will wait for when Maruti brings in a car based on that,” he said. Some like Shawn Milton, a New Delhi-based freelance filmmaker, had a suggestion as well. “Being there is a fantastic experience. But I lose out on lot of money that I can earn. I think now time has come to show the fair to us in Delhi through virtual presentation. May be we could sit at home or on the move and yet enjoy it.” The organisers took the first step in that direction. This year’s show had Facebook India as its partner for wider reach. It also boasted of various virtual reality and augmented reality booths present across the venue.