January 2021


Message from the President of UIA

By Cyril Ritchie, President of UIA

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Share your association's societal impact with UIA

Invitation. Associations contribute massively to the wellbeing of society every day through their innovation and creativity. However, these contributions can sometimes pass under the radar.

As part of UIA's mission to increase the visibility of the societal impact generated by associations, we are conducting a survey by means of a short questionnaire.

We ask you to tell us how you see the major societal impact of your association over the past five years. This questionnaire will take about 3 minutes to complete. The results will not only benefit your association's visibility, but will also increase exposure for associations across the board.

UIA thanks you for your time!

Postponement information - 2020 UIA Associations Round Table Europe

Education. The UIA Associations Round Table aims to promote and facilitate the work of international associations by providing training and networking opportunities.

  • NEW DATES! In view of the sanitary situation associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the UIA and Prague Convention Bureau, Host Partner of the UIA Round Table Europe, have decided to postpone this event, which was to be held in Prague, Czech Rep on 4 & 5 February 2021. The 14th UIA Associations Round Table Europe is planned to take place as a hybrid meeting in Prague, Czech Rep in late spring/early summer 2021. The UIA along with the host partner will continue to monitor closely this evolving situation and keep you informed about the new dates.

Questions about the Round Tables, or about joining us as a partner?
We are happy to hear from you!

Clara Fernández López: clara@uia.org

UIA Welcomes New Associate Member: WESGRO

Associate Member. The UIA extends a warm welcome to its newest Associate Member

WESGRO – Cape Town & Western Cape Convention Bureau

As the official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape, WESGRO assists investors and businesses looking to branch out into the province. Regardless of the sector your company operates in – be it wine, technology, agriculture or another sector – Cape Town and the Western Cape have all the elements necessary to make your investment a success.
WESGRO offers expertise and assistance to those looking to travel, invest, film or trade in Cape Town and the Western Cape.

For more details on UIA Associate Membership, visit the UIA website or contact clara@uia.be

AVAILABLE ONLINE – Report of the UIA 2020 Survey on the meetings of international associations – 8th Edition

Meetings behavior. The Union of International Associations (UIA) is pleased to present the report of the 2020 Survey on International Meetings Issues. It’s the largest survey looking into the meetings behavior of all the diverse types of international associations representing civic, charitable, commercial, or industrial interests around the world. By conducting the survey on a regular basis, those involved in the process of organizing international meetings can get a sense of changes over the years as well as the challenges of the current environment.

The 2020 Report is now freely available to the public on the UIA’s website.

This 2020 Survey was made possible through the generous support of our sponsors: Busan Tourism Organization, Seoul Tourism Organization, Singapore Tourism Board, Korea Tourism Organization, Finland Convention Bureau, Congress Center Hamburg and Poland Convention Bureau.

For the 9th edition of the Survey, which will be launched in 2021, we are preparing a set of questions which will explore and evaluate how international associations have reacted to the challenges of the global pandemic.

For more information, please contact Clara Fernández López: clara@uia.org

‘Online and hybrid events have become the new norm’

By Dr Verena Burk, FISU Senior Executive Committee Member, Chair of the FISU Education Committee and Professor at the University of Tübingen...

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Why Lucerne?

By Mrs Isaline Grichting, Sales and Marketing Manager Associations, Luzern Tourismus AG - Lucerne Convention Bureau

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Convention Highlights – going virtual!

3rd Online Congress of the European Specialist Nurses Organisation (ESNO)
24-26 February 2021, Brussels, Belgium

14th World Congress of the World Endometriosis Society (WES)
6-10 March 2021, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Spotlight on associations

Dining for Women

International Sport Network Organization (ISNO)

Pan Africa ILGA (PAI)

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