The UFI Global Congress 2018 to cover “The Dynamics of Transition – Our Industry’s Complex Future”

Registration is now open for the UFI Global Congress 2018. This year’s  theme is “The Dynamics of Transition – Our Industry’s Complex Future”. The event will take place from 31 October to 3 November 2018 in St. Petersburg (Russia) and will be hosted by Expoforum Russia.

The UFI Global Congress is the most international annual gathering in the exhibition industry, combining

international networking with unique content. Exclusive to UFI members, it brings together hundreds of

organisers, venue operators, service providers and industry associations from over 50 countries.

Participants can secure their place online at The Congress website also

contains the programme overview and options for post-Congress experiences in St. Petersburg and beyond.

Kai Hattendorf, UFI Managing Director and CEO comments: “The exhibition industry is currently facing up to

many issues – from consolidation to digitisation, from investments to restructurings, and from fast-track hiring to

long-term retention. We are in transition to new business models, driven by changing behavioural patterns –

just like the markets and industries we serve. The 85th UFI Global Congress in St. Petersburg offers our

members a vital opportunity to find solutions, stay ahead, and keep in touch with exhibition industry colleagues


The UFI Global Congress takes place in November each year and is always held in a different region. As host

of this year’s UFI Global Congress, St. Petersburg follows Johannesburg (South Africa, 2017), Shanghai

(China, 2016) and Milan (Italy, 2015).


About ExpoForum-International

ExpoForum-International is one of the leaders of the Russian convention and exhibition market. The

Company holds over 11% of the rented space market and more than 50% of the Northwest Federal District

organiser market. ExpoForum-International operates two dedicated venues: the new convention and exhibition

centre Expoforum and Lenexpo exhibition centre, hosting more than 160 events every year, held in various

formats: congresses, exhibitions, forums, conventions, multimedia performances, shows, corporate and

sporting events. The company’s portfolio includes over 40 in-house projects. In 2016, more than one million

people visited the events held at the company’s venues. The quality of the company’s services is supported by

its membership in renowned international associations, including ICCA (International Congress and Convention

Association), AIPC (International Association of Congress Centres) and UFI (Global Association of the

Exhibition Industry). ExpoForum-International provides an entire range of related services, including building

exhibition booths, catering, travel support and tourist services.

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Source: – June 2018.