The UFI LOC (The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry) under the leadership of incoming UFI President Craig Newman have announced the appointment of  UFI NGL Recipient Neo Mohlatlole’s company Seven Colors Communications to be the PR and Sponsorship service provider for the 84th UFI Global Congress. The global congress will be held for the first time in Sub-Saharan Africa from the 01st to the 04th of November 2017 at Sandton Convention Centre.

The Billion Dollar Exhibition industry will be hosting their 84th Global Congress in South Africa as part of their rotation amongst regional partners.  The 2016 leg was held in Shanghai, China and attracted over 600 Industry leaders and major players in the exhibition industry. This brings a lot of opportunity for local concept holders, venues, convention bureaus and exhibition industry service providers on the African continent. As Africa has been earmarked as one of the future growth regions.

The Congress couldn’t have come at a better time in the industry. LOC Chairperson Craig Newman who is also the CEO of the Johannesburg Expo Centre has just been announced as the Incoming President for the International association, the closing of the congress will mark the beginning of his tenure as Incoming President. The association normally runs with three presidents to have consistency in leadership and direction. Hence, the UFI Presidential Trio for the 2017-18 term will comprise:

  • Corrado Peraboni (Fiera Milano, Italy) President 2017-2018,
  • Craig Newman (Johannesburg Expo Centre, South Africa), Incoming President,
  • Andreas Gruchow (Deutsche Messe AG, Germany), Outgoing President.
Newman is excited about the appointment of Seven Colors Communications as the preferred service provider for the congress “We are proud to be associated with this young man and his company, it is important that we offer opportunity for emerging businesses in our sector and they have proven to be more than capable of delivering on this specific mandate” as UFI it is of paramount importance that we ensure that the legacy of the congress was not only beneficial to large multi nationals but also ensure that local smme’s get to be a part of the global event.”


About Seven Colors Communications

Seven Colors Communications is owned by Eugene Mametse and Neo Mohlatlole. Mohlatlole was awarded as a Next Generation Leader by UFI with four other leaders from different parts of the world. UFI selects five members that are excelling in their different roles in the exhibition industry. Mohlatlole is the first recipient from the African continent to receive the grant. The company owns and runs the Stokvelex exhibition and manages a few projects on behalf of other companies. Seven Colors Communications managed the media centre for Tourism Indaba 2017 and are also managing the Small Business Expo and Buy a Business Expo media component. The company has done work in the SADC region most recently in Lesotho and Botswana.


About UFI:

About UFI – The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry: UFI is the leading global association of the world’s tradeshow 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 around 50,000 exhibition industry employees globally, and also works closely with its 58 national and regional association members. More than 700 member organisations in 85 countries around the world are presently signed up as members. Over 900 international trade fairs proudly bear the UFI approved label, a quality guarantee for visitors and exhibitors alike. UFI members continue to provide the international business community with a unique marketing media aimed at developing outstanding face-to-face business opportunities.


UFI Global Congress:

The UFI Annual Congress is the largest UFI event and provides excellent networking opportunities for UFI members from around the world. The Congress is an ideal opportunity for members to gain insight into topics of strategic interest, on the current industry trends and challenges that the exhibition industry is currently facing.

Reserved for UFI members only, this Congress is the “must attend” event for all the industry professionals across the globe.

The Congress is hosted by different chapter members and have been held at the below locations in the last 3 years.

2016Shanghai, China
2015Milan, Italy
2014Bogota, Colombia
2013Seoul,South Korea
2012Abu Dhabi, UAE


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