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November 4, 2008

MPI announces 2009 Gulf Meetings & Events Conference

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has announced that the second Gulf Meetings & Events Conference will be held in Abu Dhabi on March 28-29, 2009. The dates coincide with the third edition of GIBTM, which will be held from March 31-April 2 at ADNEC in Abu Dhabi.


Speaking to meetme, Didier Scaillet vice president of global development MPI said, “Last year was over and beyond our wildest expectations at all levels. We were expecting 150 delegates and we had 177. We are also very pleased with the quality of the people we brought to the destination, both from an agency and third party standpoint as well as for the corporate sector.”


For 2009, MPI is expecting to grow the event to 200 delegates. “The interest is there and the MPI brand awareness is stronger in the region than it was last year. Traditionally, our events in Europe and North America have a lot of repeat attendance. Looking at the level of enthusiasm that was created last year, we will have a lot of repeats again,” said Scaillet.


With regards to programme content, though details have not been finalised, Scaillet revealed that there will be a number of elements that will be retained. “We want to educate international delegates – whether it is buyers or suppliers – on how to do business in the Middle East.


“We will also look at more trends in the industry, new developments in the region as well as international trends affecting the meetings industry in general. Also for the local industry – we will include a session on how to do business in the international marketplace – as doing business with the Americans and Europeans is different form doing business purely locally,” he said.

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