MCI expands with two new offices

International meetings company MCI Group has acquired the assets of Stuttgart-based PGI Live Communication to expand its German coverage to the south of the country with a second office. Nine former PGI staff have been offered new contracts with the new office, MCI Stuttgart. PGI manager Carsten Knieriem, who has been appointed managing director of MCI Stuttgart, said MCI acquired the assets after PGI parent company TBA pulled out of Europe and PGI Stuttgart declared insolvency. “This is a chance to keep the team together and although we don’t operate on long-term contracts with our clients, we have good contacts,” he said. The live events agency has carried out projects for Mercedes, EMC and LG in the past. Polo Looser, MCI managing director central region said: “The expansion is another logical step in the continuous development of our presence in the European market.” MCI has also opened a Prague office in a joint venture with long-time partner Guarant International. The venture will offer destination management, association management and event management in Prague. The agencies worked together on the 8,000-delegate UEGW congress in 2004 as well as last year’s Prague MCI conference. The new office will be headed by MCI director of strategic projects Ivo Miksa. It is intended that the partnership will extend into other Central and Eastern European countries. Guarant also has offices in Bratislava and Moscow. The MCI network now consists of 15 offices. It had a turnover of £60m to the year end of 2005, and employs 500 people.

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