The International Flight Services Association (IFSA) and Onboard Hospitality will jointly host a ground-breaking, interactive online air transport industry trade show, IFSA Onboard Hospitality Virtual Expo, which will be co-located with FTE APEX Virtual Expo in December 2020.
IFSA Onboard Hospitality Virtual Expo will enable the industry to connect and engage at a time when attending in-person events is impossible. The launch of this pioneering virtual trade show follows the cancellation of IFSA EXPO, which was due to take place in San Diego in October but had to be cancelled due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
During two live show days on 8 and 9 December 2020, online attendees will be able to browse the virtual exhibition and visit booths, attend live video calls and product demos, watch real-time and on-demand conference content, and network with fellow attendees in the digital Networking Lounge. The event will be open 24/7 to support all regions and time zones.
Then, for a period of 30 days delegates will be able to access the Virtual Expo portal at any hour of the day to re-watch conference sessions and supplier pitches. They will also be able to revisit the exhibition hall to continue to learn all about the products and services that can help them overcome today’s challenges, reinvent their business, and thrive in the post-COVID-19 world.
This free-to-attend Virtual Expo has been designed to attract buyers of inflight passenger comfort and catering products and services, which will be showcased in the dedicated ‘Inflight’ exhibition hall. Meanwhile, the virtual conference programme will include a raft of content tailored to the Asia-Pacific, EMEA and Americas regions, covering the most pertinent topics including IFEC, World of Content, Interiors, Service & Catering, Comfort & Amenities, and Retail. The theme of the event is “Transforming air transport post-COVID-19”.
This large-scale virtual trade show, which brings together the International Flight Services Association (IFSA), Onboard Hospitality, Future Travel Experience (FTE) and the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX), will provide a one-of-a-kind platform for the industry to come together en masse at a time when collaboration is needed more than ever before.
For more information on Inflight (Service & Catering, Comfort & Amenities, and Retail) exhibition and sponsorship opportunities, please contact:
Exhibition Director, Onboard Hospitality
Tel +44 (0)77537 45419
For editorial opportunities, please contact:
Editor, Onboard Hospitality
Industry messages of support
The team at FTE APEX, staying true to their beliefs of bringing the aviation industry together at scale, connecting the ecosystem with smart, exciting and creative methods of engagement, have not stood still. I believe they are creating a truly unique opportunity for suppliers, airlines, airports, solution providers, product developers and manufacturers, by embracing and adapting key technology developments, which will spur new thinking and many more creative approaches to how we can all experience products and services in our new contactless world. So come on, join the new world of distanced, but connected, engaging experiences through the FTE APEX Virtual Expo.
“This industry needs a major virtual trade show this year while it cannot meet in person and FTE is exactly the right organisation to be delivering it this December. I look forward to being involved, and to all the engagement and announcements I know that FTE APEX Virtual Expo will generate.”
“The recent FTE APEX virtual events have been extremely helpful for the airline ecosystems to share information, to cope with the Corona situation, and to prepare for the new normal. Taking that premise to the next level with the FTE APEX Virtual Expo is exciting indeed and the Japan Airlines team look forward to being involved”.
“More than ever at a time like this, the industry needs to come together to collaborate and find ways of working that can facilitate new revenue streams and efficiencies. I strongly encouraged the FTE Team to pursue its virtual strategy because very few air transport stakeholders can travel to conventions this year, but we still need to engage. I think FTE APEX Virtual Expo will draw a huge crowd and become one of the most important initiatives in FTE’s 15-year existence.”
FrontM participated in the recent FTE APEX Ancillary Virtual Event. Throughout the whole lifecycle – before, during and after the event – the FTE team were professional, friendly and focused on helping our participation be as successful as possible. Since our pitch slot, we have had great conversations with a number of prospects and other attendees, which we wouldn’t necessarily have been able to have without FTE. Highly recommended!
FTE and APEX did a great job delivering timely content to a broad global audience through their recent webinars, in one of which I was proud to participate. I am really looking forward to the FTE APEX Virtual Expo this December. Given the current situation with the pandemic, this is a creative way to offer all industry stakeholders the chance to come together to talk, to listen, to learn and to engage in ways that will advance our common causes.
“The FTE APEX team have done a brilliant job with their virtual pivot, and I really enjoyed being part of their recent Ancillary webinar. The FTE APEX Virtual Expo looks like a great logical next step, and I am sure it will deliver a lot of value to all involved.”
“We are in a new normal everywhere. SEA will be sharing new ideas and approaches to help overcome the challenges created by COVID-19 at the FTE APEX Virtual Expo. We will be looking forward to hearing others share their experiences, and learn from each other. “
We are incredibly excited to host this truly dynamic and global virtual event, and we are looking forward to offering much more than straightforward webinars, which have become commonplace in recent months. The industry wants more than that now and FTE APEX Virtual Expo will provide the sector with a large-scale digital trade show that will creatively offer real engagement, networking and business development opportunities for everyone involved.
FTE APEX Virtual Expo will act as a beacon for our industry’s recovery and bring global stakeholders together en masse to inspire one another. Our stakeholders want to connect and engage to share ideas, propositions, visions and learnings. This announcement also marks another important milestone in the integration efforts between APEX and FTE. Our ambition is to deliver a unified approach and increase the value the association provides to the entire air transport industry, both in the air and on the ground.
The opportunities to meet face to face this year have been sadly curtailed by COVID-19 but at the same time we have all become much more familiar and engaged with virtual ways to connect. We have been committed throughout the pandemic to keeping the conversations going, and partnering with IFSA for this ground-breaking, interactive global online industry trade show is a natural next step. The IFSA Onboard Hospitality Virtual Expo will replace the San Diego event and be fully supported by the next issue of our magazine to ensure maximum value for those who get involved.
FTE APEX VIRTUAL EXPO
Future Travel Experience (FTE) and the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) will jointly host a ground-breaking, interactive online air transport industry trade show, FTE APEX Virtual Expo, to replace the in-person events that both organisations had planned to stage in the last quarter of 2020.
Date: - Dec 2020