Visitors at the Việt Nam International Trade Fair 2018 held in HCM City. Photo courtesy of Vinexad
Exchange efficiency is a crucial constituent element of the success of an exhibition, enhancing trade promotion and encouraging businesses to participate more and more in exhibition activities. Nguyễn Hồng Nhung, Deputy General Director of Việt Nam National Trade Fair & Advertising Company (VINEXAD) share insights of exhibition organisation with Việt Nam News.
Việt Nam now has about 100 international exhibitions in Hà Nội and HCM City. Exhibitions in HCM City are attracting more businesses than those in Hà Nội. Why is this?
The Saigon Exhibition and Convention Centre in HCM City, where most of the largest exhibitions are held, meets all the standards in technical and area for expansion. The fair organisers attach great importance to exchange efficiency between exhibitors, visitors and passive customers, strongly focusing on their needs and market requirements. Efficient exchanges and successful transactions during and after each exhibition help increase the size of the next event.
According to our statistics, the scale of an exhibition in HCM City is usually 25-30 per cent higher than those held in Hà Nội. For example, the Việt Nam Expo, to be held in HCM City on December 4-7, expects participating businesses to increase by 20 per cent and the number of visitors to rise by 30 per cent.
Some argue the number of visitors attending an exhibition is not as important as the quality of visitors, what is your opinion?
Generally, the increase of scale refers to the enhancement of quality, but the most decisive element of the success of an exhibition is the “efficiency of exchanges” as this brings in more value than the number of visitors, especially for cases of specialised exhibitions, such as Việt Nam Hardware and Hand Tools Expo, Việt Nam Garden & Landscape Expo, Việt Nam MediPharm Expo and The VietFood, Beverage and Professional Packing Machines.
To attract exhibitors who are large, multinational corporations, the organisers must have a wide data file and good relationships with domestic and foreign trade promotion organisations, enhanced identification system and updated technology.
Last but not least, the organisers must emphasise the “spirit” of an exhibition career, which refers to the prioritisation of business interests. As a member of the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI), Vinexad has linked a number of our exhibitions to the network, organised UFI Approved International Events and a series of meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) tour programmes. These efforts help connect the domestic and international business community.
You mentioned the “spirit” of the exhibition career, can you elaborate on this concept?
Currently, many domestic and foreign enterprises participate in the exhibition industry. There are now some 53 exhibitions held annually at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Centre (SECC) in HCM City, meaning that exhibitions are held once a week.
This figure creates a lot of pressure on the event organisers, forcing them to try their best to attract more and more businesses to participate in the expos. From the perspective of Vinexad, one of the flagship organisers in the exhibition industry, we are proud to be the holder of the oldest fair events in Việt Nam, such as Việt Nam Expo Hà Nội 2020, which is 30 years old.
We are also pioneers in specialised exhibitions such as the Việt Nam Hardware and Hand Tools Expo, with the fastest growth rate among the specialised exhibitions (30 per cent).
The “spirit” of exhibition career is the promotion and prioritisation of business benefits and the determination to contribute to the development of the industry through each exhibition.