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MPI Successfully Connects its Global Community to the Gulf Region

MPI Successfully Connects its Global Community to the Gulf Region ( First conference in the region welcomes 177 international delegates

Meeting Professionals International’s (MPI) first Gulf Meetings and Events Conference, which took place in Dubai on 5-6 April 2008 at the Intercontinental Hotel Dubai Festival City exceeded expectations with over 175 delegates from 19 different countries.

Participants came from as far as the USA, Canada, Argentina, UK, France, Italy, Malaysia, Singapore and India while regional attendees from Middle Eastern countries also took part in this first inaugural educational conference dedicated to this. Students from the Emirates Academy also attended the conference thanks to the support of the MPI Foundation, whose Board of Trustees met prior to the conference and announced additional scholarships for students to attend the MPI World Education Congress in Las Vegas, NV, USA from 9-12 August.

Bruce MacMillan, President and CEO for MPI said: “Coming to the Gulf region was critical to further our vision to build a rich, global community for the meetings and events industry. We are pleased to have offered our members the opportunity to experience the abundance of offerings that exist in the Gulf region, as well as meet and interact with their peers from the local community. The richness of the conversation we experienced was inspiring for all.”

The opening general session created an open dialogue with questions from the floor to representatives from the Dubai Convention Bureau, Emirates and Jumeirah on hot issues for the industry in the Gulf including human capital recruitment, talent development and CSR responsibilities. Breakout sessions provided further insight to key topics for meeting planners with sessions covering future trends, legal issues and bidding for international events.

At the end of the conference, international delegates – mostly senior meeting planners coming from Europe and North America to discover the possibilities offered by Dubai and the Gulf region – commented very favourably on the accessibility of the region, the quality of the existing infrastructure and the many new developments planned for the future.

MPI’s global vision is a reflection of the changes taking place in the meetings and incentives world. As part of its strategy to build a rich global meetings industry community, MPI is strongly committed to the Gulf region. The organization will soon announce details of next year's conference, to take place in conjunction with GIBTM 2009, pursuing the successful development of a week dedicated to providing a focus for the meetings industry by delivering an educational, business and networking opportunity for the Gulf region.

For more information on MPI, visit .

Notes to Editor:

About MPI
Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the meetings and events industry’s largest and most vibrant global community helps our members thrive by providing human connections to knowledge and ideas, relationships, and marketplaces. Total MPI membership is comprised of more than 23,000 members belonging to 69 chapters and clubs worldwide. For additional information, visit
With more than 2,000 members in Europe, MPI currently has 11 chapters in 12 European countries, including: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France-Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and UK, and has a recent growth rate of about 20 percent.
The European Meetings and Events Conference, co-created by MPI, will be held in London 18-20 April 2008. The 3-day conference, set to attract nearly 700 meeting professionals, is held annually in Europe and offers more than 30 interactive educational sessions.

Nina Gardiner or Sandra Boutonnet at Cut Communications Tel:+44 (0) 207 096 2958/53/60

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