First congress to be held in the USA: UFI cho...
First congress to be held in the USA

UFI choses Las Vegas as 2023 destination

Photo: LVCVA

UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry has announced that the 90th UFI Global Congress will be held in Las Vegas and will be hosted by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) from November 1 to 4, 2023. UFI president, Anbu Varathan, said "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".

Kai Hattendorf, UFI CEO and managing director, commented: "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 US markets even better with their global peers".
„This will allow us to connect our colleagues from the US even better with their global peers.“
Kai Hattendorf, UFI CEO and managing director
"We are honoured 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. The 2023 UFI Global Congress will take place at Aria Resort and Casino on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. "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.

The UFI Global Congress takes place in October or November every year in trade show destinations around the world. In 2019, the event was hosted in Bangkok, Thailand. In 2020, due to COVID-19 related global travel restrictions, the congress went digital, with programming from Hong Kong, Dubai, London, and Bogota. In 2021, it was hosted in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, followed by Muscat, Sultanate of Oman in 2022.