Exhibition World Issue 5 - 2018 - Page 5

Contents In this issue: UFI – The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry promotes, represents and serves the interests of the world’s leading show organisers, fairground owners and operators, major national and inter national associations of the exhibition industry and industry partners. As a non-political and non-profi t organisation, UFI’s main goal is to serve the exhibition industry worldwide and to emphasise its unique marketing characteristics for the development of world trade. Present on six continents, in 84 countries, UFI is a unique and neutral forum for dialogue dedicated to all professionals involved in the trade fair business. Serving the exhibition industry since 1925, UFI applies its professional experience and renown to providing its members and the industry with the extensive know-how required to meet the challenges of ever- changing needs. Being a member of UFI is a proof of quality and international recognition. Over 4,500 trade fairs and exhibitions are organised by its members. More than 900 of these are international exhibitions, app roved by UFI, based upon strict and exacting quality criteria, assuring excellent services for the benefi t of exhibitors and visitors. President: Corrado Peraboni UFI Managing Director: Kai Hattendorf UFI Marketing & Communications Manager: Monika Fourneaux-Ceskova 17 rue Louise Michel 92300 Levallois-Perret Fran Tel: +33 (0)1 4639 7500 Fax: +33 (0)1 4639 7501 Email: info@ufi .org Website: www.ufi .org UFI Asia/Pacifi c Regional Offi ce: Suite 4114, Hong Kong Plaza 188 Connaught Road West Hong Kong, S.A.R Tel: (852) 2525 6129 Email: asia@ufi .org Top 30 Viva Las Vegas Bottom 53 Double Dutch 47 Fintech blueprint NEWS & OPINION REGION FOCUS 05 08 11 30 48 COLOMBIA’S CALLING ProColombia’s Caroline Ethel Martinez Mercado extols the Latin American appeal 63 GERMAN GAINS Chantelle Dietz investigates German Messe developments BIG INTERVIEW 34 The opinions and views expressed in Exhibition World do not necessarily refl ect UFI policy or position. w w w.exhibitionworld.co.uk PRESIDENT ELECT Craig Newman looks forward to his tenure as UFI president and discusses Africa’s expo scene SHOW SUPPORT NEW BUILD SUPPLEMENT Venue plans for the year ahead plus a look at four openings from the past 12 months DESTINATIONS 36 UFI Middle East/Africa Expo Center, Sharjah - UAE Tel: (971) 6 5991352 Email: mea@ufi .org UFI Latin America Corferias Cra 37 # 24-67 Auditorium Second Floor Bogota Colombia Tel: +571 3445486 E-mail: anamaria@ufi .org WELCOME GLOBAL SNAPSHOT NEWS VENUE SPOTLIGHT COVER: RUSSIA Paul Colston hears from key Russian players eager to foster a new way forward for events HOT TOPICS 47 THE FESTIVALISATION TREND The success of Singex’s Fintech signals a trend for transforming Singapore events into festivals 67 GAINING BACK CONTROL The founders of Aventus, a blockchain ticketing solution, explain their business ethos 53 RAI MAN Paul Colston heads to Amesterdam and meets RAI COO, Maurits van de Sluis 69 THE POWER OF SOCIAL Nicola Macdonald catches up with EasyFairs to talk social registraion referral technology Issue 5 2018 3