August 2021


The Meetings Show welcomes associations to 2021 event

The Meetings Show, the UK’s leading show for the meetings, events and incentives community, returns on 30 September and 1 October when it...

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UIA Round Tables: Sign Up For Outreach, Mutual Learning, and More!

Registration open now! The UIA Association Round Tables promote, facilitate and enable expanded dynamism in the work of international associations. In each of their varied and attractive locations, the Round Tables focus on structured training, educational and networking opportunities. They are famous for opening up the mind and the senses to local cultural events; they invariably provide outstanding food and beverage experiences.

The Round Tables bring association participants into friendly and productive contact with Convention Bureaux and with leaders of significant international institutions.

The UIA is delighted to invite you to:

Questions about the Round Tables, or about joining us as a partner?

We are happy to hear from you!

Clara Fernández López:

Invitation. Take part in the UIA Survey 2021 – COVID 19 Impact on International Association Meetings behaviour

Meetings behaviour. The Union of International Associations (UIA) invites you to participate in its extraordinary COVID 19 Impact Survey.

The COVID 19 pandemic has a tremendous impact on the global travel and meetings industry and on the meetings behaviour of international associations. This special UIA Survey 2021 - COVID 19 Impact on International Association Meetings explores the impact of the pandemic and the consequences for the future of association events.

The Survey has 19 questions, 15 of these with multiple choice answers, and takes about 10 minutes to complete. You will be able to choose the language of the Survey: English, French or Spanish.

The Report will be released on 18 November 2021 at the annual UIA Associate Members Meeting in Prague and be freely available to the public on the UIA’s website.

All participants will receive a PDF of the final report.

For more information on this project please visit

For the UIA Survey 2021 and the Report the UIA is being supported by its sponsors Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau, Seoul Tourism Organization, Polish Tourism Organisation - Poland Convention Bureau and VisitBritain.

For more information, please contact Clara Fernández López:

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Meet the Hybrid City Alliance

Hybrid events are an important way forward for the event industry to return to live formats. This format provides a wider reach for your conference. In a hybrid meeting, some participants are attending in person and other participants are connecting virtually at the same time. You can even set up a multi-hub event connecting multiple locations around the world and make the meeting even more global and interactive.

Are you thinking about organizing hybrid events and not sure where to start? Do you need assistance with planning a multi-hub hybrid event?

The Hybrid City Alliance offers organizers of international events a solution when organizing multiple city hub events. The city partners in the Alliance are ready to act as one point of contact to streamline and simplify the clients’ interaction with multiple cities and suppliers regarding one event.

The Alliance was launched in December 2020 by the Hague Convention Bureau, Ottawa Tourism Business Events, Prague Convention Bureau and Geneva Convention Bureau.

International Meetings Statistics Report, 62nd edition

Rankings & Trends. The Report provides two views of a sector now facing multiple challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic; data for meetings in the year 2019 are presented in full, the “last good year” before the crisis, in addition to an analysis of what took place in 2020.

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Why Ghent?

By Philippe Lefebvre, Business Development & Partnerships at Visit Gent

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"Scientists prefer to meet in physical events"

Interview with Prof. Magd Abdel Wahab, Chairman of the 9th International Conference on Fracture Fatigue and Wear (FFW 2021)

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Spotlight on associations

African ALARA Network (AFAN)

Global Youth Mobilization

Association of Summer Olympic International Federations (ASOIF)

Convention Highlights – going hybrid!

World Conservation Congress of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
3 - 11 September 2021, Marseille, France

37th Annual meeting of the Nordic Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (NSCMID)
3 - 6 September 2021, Turku, Finland

UIA Management News

Following the holding in June 2021 of UIA Assembly and Council Meetings, the following are the Officers of UIA for the period 2021-2023:

President: Cyril Ritchie
Vice Presidents: Dragana Avramov, Marilyn Mehlmann, Danièle Vranken
Treasurer: Seya Immonen
Secretary General: Jacques de Mévius

Number of the month

According to the OECD Employment Outlook 2021, up to 21 million jobs were saved during the COVID 19 pandemic through the unprecedented expansion of retention schemes and income support, helping many households through the crisis.

However, even with economic growth expected to accelerate with vaccination programmes continuing and COVID restrictions being lifted, unemployment remains high. Reaching pre-pandemic employment rates may take several years.

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