Director MECC Maastricht elected to Board of Directors global association of the international exhibition industry

October 26, 2023

Rob van de Wiel, Managing Director MECC Maastricht, has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors at UFI, The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry. The 3-year mandate will begin after the association’s annual General Assembly which will be held ahead of UFI’s Global Congress on the 1st of November 2023 in Las Vegas (USA).

UFI is the global trade association of the world’s (trade)show organisers and exhibition centre operators, as well as the major national and international exhibition associations, and selected partners of the exhibition industry. UFI’s main goal is to represent, promote and support the business interests of its members and the exhibition industry. UFI directly represents more than 50,000 exhibition industry employees globally, and also works closely with its 60 national and regional association members. More than 820 member organisations in 85+ countries around the world are presently signed up as members. Around 1,000 international (trade) fairs proudly bear the UFI-approved label, a quality guarantee for visitors and exhibitors alike.

During this process, the members elect a truly global body with representatives from UFI chapters around the world. The Board of Directors is tasked with implementing decisions taken by the General Assembly, developing UFI policy and preparing all proposals related to matters affecting international trade fairs. After thorough preparation, these proposals are submitted for vote to UFI members at the annual General Assembly.

“My election to the Board of Directors of UFI is a great honor especially after we welcomed more than three hundred leading international (trade) fair organisers and venue executives to the UFI European Conference at MECC Maastricht last June. We had the chance to put the city of Maastricht on the international map as the perfect exhibition location. It is great that I have the opportunity to make an active contribution to the international exhibition industry in this way!” says Rob van de Wiel, Managing Director MECC Maastricht.

“I am very pleased to thank all newly elected and re-elected Board members to the UFI Board. I am constantly proud that we have so many enthusiastic members who wish to contribute to our industry. It’s such an exciting time to be making such a contribution as we regrow and restart our shows around the world. I wish to say a big, personal thank you.” says Michael Duck, UFI President and Informa Markets, EVP Commercial Development.

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