Friday, February 29, 2008

Delegates happy with BSG-managed seminar

UFI Press Release

The 170 delegates from 23 countries and regions meeting in Macau for UFI’s third Open Seminar in Asia have expressed high levels of satisfaction about the event. Focusing on the topic “New Exhibition Opportunities for Asia”, the seminar was hosted by the new Venetian Macau Resort & Hotel.

“This meeting is going from strength to strength” said UFI’s Managing Director, Vincent Gerard who was in Macau for the event. “We were wonderfully looked after by the Venetian which is a spectacular venue and the programme really seems to have struck a chord with delegates. The room was full from the first session to the last”. The meeting included some of the new features adopted in UFI’s European Seminar in Bilbao in June last year. These included “ask the expert” sessions, interactive panels and structured networking.

Speakers included Brand Events’ Chris Hughes and Media 10’s Lee Newton who both challenged delegates to think innovatively about how consumer events can evolve away from traditional exhibitions. A panel comprising Interads India’s Rajan Sharma, David Zhong of VNU Exhibitions Asia and Fiera Milano’s Shahin Javidi then gave some very different perspectives on the potential impact of joint ventures on exhibitions in Asia. This was clearly important to the audience as delegates voted 99% in favour of the view that more joint ventures are likely in the future in Asia.

Day Two saw Prof. Per Mollerup from Denmark wake delegates up with a very stimulating talk on “wayshowing”; his concept of how to reorganise venues and events so that they serve attendees various needs much better. CMP’s Michael Duck, David Zhong and Asia/Pacific Chapter Chairman Chen Xianjin then discussed various opportunities for regional trade fairs in China and India. All agreed that these would become increasingly important in the near future.

In the final session, Singapore’s Edward Liu was the expert who answered delegates questions about his views on operating in challenging markets. Vietnam was high on the mind of a number of the questioners. Finally, Pradeep Gupta, the CEO of Cybermedia from India, talked delegates through the different types of events which have emerged in the high tech sector.

As usual, delegates spent a good deal of time networking including using the Expostudio web-based appointments system and the social functions. These included an evening reception at the Macau TV Tower hosted by the Macau Trade & Investment Promotion Institute and a lunch hosted by the Macau Government Tourism Office.

Next year’s UFI Open Seminar in Asia will take place at the Kuala Lumpur Convention & Exhibition Centre on February 12 – 13.

Paul Woodward on B2B media trends

Thanks to Thomas Crampton for putting together this interview in the NextMedia studios. His full blog posting on this is here. We talked for 10 minutes about key B2B media trends including;

  1. The impact of manufacturing's move away from South China and Shanghai on B2B media;
  2. The increasing importance of regional markets within India and China;
  3. The impact of economic slowdown on the activities of major western B2B media companies in Asia, and;
  4. The ways in which print is being by-passed in direct-to-online launch strategies in Asia.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Final speaker confirmed for Macau

The 2008 UFI Open Seminar in Asia, managed by BSG, takes place next week in Macau. We're going to be looking at a variety of ideas for new types of events. I am really delighted with the quality of the group of speakers who will come together for this and have just confirmed the final participant in our panel on joint ventures.

Shaheen Javidi is the Chief Marketing Officer of Fiera Milano and will join David Zhong of VNU Exhibitions Asia and Rajan Sharma, Managing Director of Inter Ads India to discuss whether JVs still represent the most valuable future trend for business development. Delegates will be particularly keen to hear Javidi's insights following the recent confirmation of the joint venture for international business development between Fiera Milano and Deutsche Messe AG (Hanover).

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

BSG quoted in reports on MSFT/Yahoo! impact on Alibaba

We noted in our Asia Business Media blog yesterday that Microsoft's bid for Yahoo! was causing a fair bit of excitement in relation to One of the calls we received was from Xinhua Finance News who's piece is here:

" appears to be riding on the back of the big surge in Yahoo's share price following news of Microsoft's takeover bid for Yahoo," said Paul Woodward, principal at information technology consultancy firm Business Strategies Group.

"I don't think there is any case yet of anyone, such as Microsoft, showing interest in acquiring which is small relative to global players," he said.

I won't be going back on the Alibaba Christmas card list any time soon with later comments in the piece about valuations. Not that anybody takes too much notice of what I'm saying on this. I see the stock is up another almost 5% this morning.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Mail server troubles

BSG's mail server appears to have taken an early Chinese New Year holiday (along with the technician who runs it who is also AWOL). So, mail sent to us since Thursday evening Asia time is stuck somewhere.

In the meantime, please feel free to send me e-mail at paulw at or, for BSG in general, bsginfo at We'll let you all know once we're back online...and with a new mail server service provider!!

Update: All better now! Please feel free to use our e-mail addresses again. More robust systems on the way.