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Mice Net : February 2009
asia update full steam ahead STORy By Johanna Mc Kinnon The business evenT indusTry in Asia is pushing ahead for 2009. A mongst all of the turmoil of the current economic situation, Asia is still moving forward in the business of events. With newly completed refurbishments and new venues it looks like it’s full steam ahead for 2009. Indeed, while the current financial environment may not have left many unscathed it’s good to see there are a few venues in the Asian business events segment that are forging ahead regardless. The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, for example, is hosting a seminar in mid-February that could make a difference to how many approach 2009. The UFI Global Association of the Exhibition Industry is providing a seminar that focuses on “Ten steps to Better Exhibitions – Practical tips on how to run an exhibition in a time of crisis”. The UFI Open Seminar in Asia 2009 is open to all UFI members and non-members in the industry who are seeking information and advice. The sessions will be attended by executives in the exhibition industry, a group of major exhibitors and some outside experts to share their expertise on the topic. The UFI Open Seminar in Asia 2009 will be supported by representatives from the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), AOS Convention & Exhibition, the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE), Kuala Lumpur Tourism Action Council, Pico International and the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. UFI Asia/Pacific regional manager Paul Woodward said the seminar will focus on giving attendees practical advice. 196 mice.net “We decided to hold the 2009 seminar with a very practical focus on 10 interesting topics about how to run exhibitions from planning to looking at your future business. We’re delighted to be working with the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on this project,” he said. The seminar presenters will include Adsal Exhibition Services chairman Stanley Chu, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre GM Peter Brokenshire, Agility Fairs & Events Logistics president Nat Wong, BPA Worldwide president and CEO Glenn Hansen, Exhibit Surveys Skip Cox and CMP Asia senior VP Michael Duck. UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry promotes, serves and represents the trade fair industry worldwide. Via its member organisations, including the world’s leading show organisers and exhibition centres, national and international professional associations and industry partners, UFI is present in 84 countries on six continents. Members host and manage more than 4500 exhibitions and operate 192 venues around the world. The association also provides professional training and education programs, and develops exhibition industry guidelines on major issues such as auditing and intellectual property rights. For more information about the seminars and training available go to www.ufi.org. ABOVE: The KLCC Grand Ballroom is set up for seminar delegates.