September 2020


Resilience, reopening and reimagining: the UK’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic

As I reflect on the COVID-19 pandemic, I’m inspired by how the UK events industry responded with resilience and kindness and are now...

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UIA Welcomes New Associate Member: Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC)

Associate Member. The UIA is delighted to welcome its newest Associate Member: Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).

The CTICC is the leading venue for conferences, exhibitions and events on the African continent, located in the heart of Cape Town, South Africa. The purpose-built events complex consists of CTICC1 and CTICC 2, which are connected by a sky bridge and boast a floor space of 140 855sqm. Whether you are planning a large international congress or small half-day conference, CTICC’s expansive conference facilities offer unrivalled flexibility. Cape Town International Convention Centre offers over 17 years’ experience in service excellence driven by a dedicated team of professionals.

International Meetings Statistics Report, 61st edition

Rankings & Trends. Since 1960 the UIA has prepared statistics on the international meetings that have taken place worldwide in the preceding year. This work is based on ongoing research and surveys undertaken by the UIA. Meetings taken into consideration include those organized and/or sponsored by international organizations, i.e. the sittings of their principal organs, congresses, conventions, symposia, regional sessions grouping several countries, as well as some national meetings with international participation organized by national branches of international associations.
Highlights include:

• Number of meetings per city and per country, with indications of their market share
• Top international meeting countries and cities per year
• Trends in participant numbers and meeting dates
• Top 10 ranking

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Take part in the UIA 2020 Survey on the meetings of international associations

Meetings behavior. The Union of International Associations (UIA) conducts its Survey on International Meetings Issues every two years. 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 Report will be released on 12 November 2020 and will be freely available to the public on the UIA’s website.

For the 2020 Survey, the UIA is supported by its sponsors Busan Tourism Organization, Seoul Tourism Organization and Singapore Tourism Board.

For more information, please contact Clara Fernández López:

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2020 UIA Associations Round Tables

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

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

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“Hybrid meetings: combinations of virtual and in-person”

By Dr. Luiz Otavio Torres, ISSM President

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Why Yokohama?

By Ms. Hiroko Kano, Manager, Business Events team, Yokohama Convention and Visitors Bureau

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Convention Highlights – going virtual!

30th Annual Congress of the European College of Gerodontology
9-10 October 2020

9th International Congress of the International Association of Couple and Family Psychoanalysis
21-25 October 2020

Spotlight on associations

Southeast Asian Zoos and Aquariums Association (SEAZA)

Middle East Consortium on Infectious Disease Surveillance (MECIDS)

International Bureau for Children's Rights (IBCR)

Number of the month

Innovative services. The Palais des congrès de Montréal has developed new health measures, grouped under PROGRESS, the Palais Reopening Operating Guide to Running Events with Safety Standards.
Through PROGRESS, the Palais is adhering to the new health standards ratified by the appropriate governmental authorities. Temporarily closed because of the pandemic, the Palais is now open for events of up to 50 people as of summer 2020.

Also, as a new leader in hybrid events, new services have been introduced, such as hybrid event turnkey packages and a video and podcast studio, to help customers reinvent themselves so they may reach more participants by tapping into digital opportunities.

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