The UFI European Conference (currently taking place in Verona, Italy) will be hosted by the NEC on 15-17 May 2019.
Kathryn James, CEO of the NEC, and UFI President Corrado Peraboni (both pictured), agreed on the collaboration in a joint meeting at this year’s event.
As the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, UFI organises annual industry conferences in Europe and around the world, as well as the UFI Global Congress. The UFI European Conference takes place in May each year and brings together more than 200 industry professionals from all over Europe and beyond. It has previously been hosted in Verona (2018), Cologne (2017), Basel (2016), and Istanbul (2015), and is open to UFI members and non-members. Based on data from Explori, a global UFI research partner, participants regularly rate this unique conference as one of the very best opportunities for networking and best practice learning in the industry.
“The UK is home to many organisers with international portfolios, and also offers great venues. As a long-standing UFI member, the NEC is going to be a wonderful host for the occasion,” says President Peraboni. “Our delegates can already look forward to a unique event, packed with networking, timely content, and some special British experiences.”
Kathryn James, managing director, conventions and exhibitions, NEC Group commented: “The UK’s position in the global events industry and its evolving role in the European political and economic landscape have made the mutual desire to bring Europe’s largest meeting of international event industry professionals to our shores even stronger. It’s brilliant to now confirm that the NEC Birmingham will be hosting the UFI European Conference 2019.
“There’s no doubt that the high-tech venue facilities at our new VOX conference centre, our personalised service and unrivalled international connectivity helped us lock down the deal. This is a great opportunity and reinforces our role, at the heart of the UK events industry, as one of Europe’s busiest exhibition centres.”