Following the postponement of the March date for the 15th edition of the UFI Asia-Pacific Conference in Macau due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, global association for the exhibition industry UFI has announced new dates for the event. The UFI Asia-Pacific Conference will now be held 27-28 August, and the associated Digital Innovation Forum on 26 August.
Registration will be re-open in March all the way through to the opening of the event. The details can be found here. The venue remains unchanged, The Parisian in Macau.
“When the outbreak of the Coronavirus left us with no choice but to postpone the conference, we pledged to run the event as soon as possible. Thanks to the great collaboration with our Macau hosts, we can now announce the new dates. Our 15th Asia-Pacific Conference will provide our industry with an important opportunity to meet and to discuss and plot the course ahead after the COVID19 outbreak”, said Kai Hattendorf, UFI CEO.
Registrations from industry professional who previously registered for the UFI Asia-Pacific Conference in Macau will be kept in place for the new August dates – unless UFI receives a request to cancel the registration, which will then happen free of charge.
This marks the second time in the history of this conference that it will be held in Macau and UFI expects 300 delegates to gather to network and to discuss the issues and trends impacting the industry in Asia.
The theme for the conference will remain ‘Thriving in Challenging Times’ – which was selected well before the COVID-19 outbreak.
In addition to the virus issue, the world is undeniably in a state of change. Slowing global economic growth. Trade wars. Political and economic uncertainty. Social unrest. Digital disruption. Our industry is facing more challenges than ever before. The exhibition industry will need to navigate these risks to continue to thrive in the years ahead.
UFI is in the process of confirming the availability of all speakers and the UFI Asia-Pacific Conference website will be updated in due course. Most of the speakers from the original programme in March are expected to remain on the programme.
As previously announced, in addition to the Asia-Pacific Conference, the week in Macau will also feature a Digital Innovation Forum (now on 26 August), a meeting of UFI’s Asia/Pacific Chapter, an association committee meeting and a gathering of the UFI China Club. In addition, after the closing of the Asia-Pacific Conference, on Friday, there will be post-event tours.