PARIS / LAS VEGAS – UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, will host the 90th UFI Global Congress in Las Vegas, Nov. 1-4, 2023. It will be the first time this event, the largest annual gathering of exhibition leaders, will take place in the U.S.
The news came during the 2021 UFI Global Congress in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The 2023 UFI Global Congress will take place at ARIA Resort and Casino and will be hosted by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA).
“We are delighted to hold a UFI Congress in the United States for the first time. This country is of great importance to UFI and this is the message we wish to communicate,” UFI President Anbu Varathan said.
“What a wonderful win-win. Congratulations to Las Vegas. We look forward to this Congress, gathering the global exhibition industry in the U.S. for the UFI Global Congress in 2023. As the global trade association for our industry, this will allow us to connect our colleagues from across the U.S. markets even better with their global peers,” Kai Hattendorf, CEO & Managing Director of UFI, said.
The UFI Global Congress takes place in October or November each year in trade show destinations around the world. In 2019, the event was hosted in Bangkok. In 2020, because of pandemic-related global travel restrictions, the Congress went digital, with programming from Hong Kong, Dubai, London, and Bogota. The Congress will take place in Muscat, Oman, in 2022.
“We are honored to have been selected as the host city for UFI Global Congress’ inaugural U.S. show, which further demonstrates the destination’s appeal as a global destination for business and leisure travel,” said Brian Yost, Chief Operating Officer for the LVCVA. “We are excited to welcome the Congress’ delegates from around the world and look forward to providing them with an experience that can only be found in Las Vegas.”
“On behalf of MGM Resorts and Aria, we are very excited to be chosen as the host the 2023 UFI Global Congress,” said Stephanie Glanzer, SVP and Chief Sales Officer for MGM Resorts International.