January 2022


Message from the President

By Cyril Ritchie, President of UIA

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AVAILABLE ONLINE – Report of the UIA Survey 2021 – COVID 19 Impact on International Association Meetings

Impact on meetings behavior. The Union of International Associations (UIA) is pleased to present the report of the 2021 Survey on International Meetings Issues. 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 focuses on the changed approach of associations, when planning and organizing their international events.

The 2021 Report is now freely available to the public on the UIA’s website.

This 2021 Survey was made possible through the generous support of our sponsors: Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau, Seoul Tourism Organization, Polish Tourism Organisation - Poland Convention Bureau and VisitBritain.

For the next edition of the Survey, which will be launched in 2022, we will continue to 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

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

Education and Networking. 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.

Save the dates!

15th UIA Associations Round Table – Brussels
Friday 20 May 2022
Brussels, Belgium – Marriott Grand Place

16th UIA Associations Round Table Europe – Rotterdam
24 & 25 November 2022
Rotterdam, Netherlands – Postillion Convention Center Rotterdam – WTC

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

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.

Download 62nd Edition Press Release
Look inside 62nd Edition

For more information and for non-members to order: https://uia.org/publications/meetings-stats

Launch of the international campaign for Maastricht, the convention city

With the completion of the new convention center, Maastricht Convention Bureau and MECC Maastricht are launching an international campaign to attract large-scale conventions. With the campaign called 'Maastricht: where heart meets matter', Maastricht is positioning itself as the ideal convention city where science, history, and innovation come together.

Research has shown that multiday international conventions have an impactful, long-term spin-off and strengthen a city's economic and social position. This is partly why investments were made not only in a completely renovated convention center, but now also in a large-scale campaign that will put Maastricht and the region on the international map as an alluring convention destination.

"Exchange does not work well digitally"

Interview with Christine Della Chiara, Congress Manager European Dermatology Forum, Convention Team AG

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Why Montreux

By Karin Subert Hagemann, Head of Markets & Convention Bureau, Lausanne Montreux Congress

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Spotlight on associations

International Federation for Modern Languages and Literatures (FILLM)

Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA)

Asia Wind Energy Association

Convention Highlights – going virtual!

5th European Congress of Qualitative Inquiry
2-4 February 2022

World Congress of the World Society of Pediatric Infectious Diseases (WSPID)
22-24 February 2022

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 The International Migration Outlook 2021, just 3.7 million permanent migrants arrived in OECD countries in 2020, a 33% drop from the previous year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the lowest level of migration since 2003.

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