MPI confirms further global expansion

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) kicked off its annual European Professional Education Conference (PEC-E) yesterday with the announcement of a new global strategy based around six action points. The six tenets to be implemented over the next two years comprise further extensions to the PEC programme, more regional offices, the introduction of a software package and web portals to help members share knowledge and business opportunities, trade missions to build relationships and a global workshop programme. The next regional office launch was also confirmed yesterday that MPI is to lunch its first Asian office in Singapore, set to open later this year. It is thought that the next addition to the PEC series of events will be in Asia, probably Singapore. This has been approved by the MPI board and is awaiting final confirmation. The Asian news follows the announcement of the launch of the Dubai-based PEC-Middle East meeting last week, set to take place immediately before the GIBTM show in April 2008. The global workshop programme meanwhile will start to be lined up from 1 July this year. These will be one-day gatherings and will focus on other areas yet to be reached by MPI such as South America and South Africa. “As meeting professionals, our job is to connect people to knowledge, networks and marketplaces,” said MPI president Bruce MacMillan. “The expansion of our community will make it more valuable for everyone – more knowledge to access, bigger and more diverse networks of people to tie into and more marketplaces from which to derive business opportunities.” Didier Scaillet, vice president, global development, added: “A strong presence in the global marketplace will provide a community platform to support our members who have an interest or desire to expand their business into other regions of the world.” This year’s PEC-E, opened yesterday in Copenhagen by HRH Crown Princess Mary of the Kingdom of Denmark continues tomorrow. Delegates from 29 countries are in attendance and organisers have predicted that attendance will at least match PEC-E’s record of 507.

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