Asian exhibition industry debates new sources of revenue at UFI Asia-Pacific Conference
Industry leaders from around the region discussed and debated the future direction of the exhibition industry in Asia under the theme, “New Approaches, Different Angles”.
Keynote speaker Sri Idris Jala, CEO of Pemandu, provided an overview of the on-going transformation of the Malaysian economy. UBM Asia’s Wolfram Diener shared his experiences managing UBM’s highly successful portfolio of jewellery exhibitions and the geo-cloning strategy behind those events.
Quan Yu, from Alibaba’s Ant Financial, discussed how digital payments are reshaping the way business is conducted in China. The conference also included a session with Talk2 Media’s Matt Pearce who shared his views on opportunities in the B2C exhibition segment, as well as a venue panel featuring Aloysius Arlando (Singex), Loy Joon How (IMPACT) and Aage Hansen (ICE) who debated future sources of income for venues in Asia.
The UFI Asia-Pacific Conference featured two days of networking and learning as well as an Educational Forum, held in late February, which attracted nearly 50 delegates. The theme of the Educational Forum was “HR Managers as Business Partners”.
Other onsite activities included a members’ meeting for UFI’s Asia-Pacific Chapter led by the new chapter chair, David Zhong.
Kai Hattendorf, UFI’s CEO, says the conference highlighted the potential for further growth in the exhibition industry in the Asia-Pacific region.
“I am pleased to see that UFI’s regional flagship event is connecting industry leaders from all over, leading to new collaborations, and opening up business opportunities.”