Monday, March 17, 2008

Smulders' event incorporated into UFI programme

I'm sitting in Beijing where the events in T****t are making internet access even more patchy than usual. I did, though want to pass on this interesting news of UFI's decision to take Seven Smulders' International CEO Forum under its wing. Good for both I'd say. The last event took place in Dubai in January.

The press release says:

Paris, March 11, 2008: UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry has announced that beginning in January 2009 it will launch the “UFI Global CEO Forum for Exhibition Organizers” (UCF). Cliff Wallace, UFI President, announced the new event structure which will keep Seven Smulders, who previously led the exhibition industry’s “International CEO Forum” (ICF), at the head of the UCF programme management, and the Netherlands Council for Trade Promotion (NCH) as a coordinating body for the UCF. Wallace pointed out that “this by-invitation-only event provides a key opportunity for CEO’s of exhibition organising companies from around the globe to identify and discuss the challenges facing the exhibition media and to seek ways to develop new forms of cooperation.” This addition to the UFI portfolio enhances the educational development opportunities for UFI’s members and the industry, one of Wallace’s key goals as UFI President.

Seven Smulders, who has successfully developed the ICF annual programme since 2002, agrees that the incorporation of the UCF into the UFI portfolio will allow it to progress the previous ICF concept to a new level. “This three year agreement,” said Smulders, “seems a natural match for both organisations. As in the past, the UCF will be open to the CEO’s of exhibition organising companies, whether they are UFI members or not. By limiting attendance to 100 senior level participants, we are able to provide a unique forum for our industry decision makers.” On a very restricted basis, CEOs from exhibition venues and service providers may participate in the UCF if they agree to support the event as industry sponsors.

Vincent Gerard, UFI Managing Director, stated, “UFI has wanted to offer the exhibition industry a quality CEO programme for some time. We look forward to working with Seven Smulders and the NCH team to further develop this unique programme opportunity.”

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