UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, confirms that this yearâ€™s Global Congress will be a digital-only event, and take place from November 16-18.
Themed Resilience, the Global Congress will feature a strong line-up of speakers from across the world to deliver world-class content, while bringing the industry together to network, meet and share experiences.
Confirmed speakers include economist Florence Eid-Oakden, ambassador Wolfgang Ischinger (Munich Security Conference), industry leaders Charlie McCurdy (Informa Markets), Carina Bauer (IMEX), Hugh Jones (Reed Exhibitions), Mary Larkin (Diversified Communications) and Simon Kimble (Clarion Events), digital experts Dahlia El Gazzar (DAHLIA + Agency) and Marco Giberti (Vesuvio Ventures), and many others.
The programme has been built around prime regional time slots for Asia/Pacific, Europe/Middle East/Africa, and the Americas â€“ so delegates donâ€™t have to be online around the clock to follow the event. Instead, they can connect and follow live from their own timezone, and review other sessions on-demand.
Three packages are available for UFI members, including single tickets and discounted tickets for groups of five or 10 colleagues from a UFI member company. Tickets will cost â‚¬145 (US$170) per person for group bookings, and â‚¬245 for a single registration.
Delegates who registered for the previously planned face-to-face gatherings in Basel and Dubai will be contacted and rebooked based on their preference.
The home of the digital Global Congress will be an online portal, hosted on the Grip platform, with technology from Glisser embedded. Grip is filling the role of UFI Technology Partner for the event, while Glisser is UFI Digital Event Partner.
The platform will go live approximately a week before the start of the Global Congress, allowing participants to become familiar with it and to already begin networking, using the platformâ€™s match-making and scheduling features.