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May 04 2016

Doing Business in the Middle East Briefing, Panel and Lunch – June 7 and 15

Strength of MENA












Sector Opportunities

The prosperity and progress of people dwelling beside the Mediterranean Sea and the Gulf of Arabia have been intertwined for more than 6,000 years. Through the centuries, trade and the presence of global powers have created a vast cultural and economic melting pot. Today, a shared heritage underpins massive flows of goods, investment and people. And a process of renewal and convergence is underway, as countries restore connections and rebuild historic strengths. The region known as The Middle East, North Africa (MENA) is composed of 17 countries, speaking 20 languages with a population of over 411,000,000.  The area is composed of some of the highest GDP’s in the world. With the quest to diversify from the dependence on oil and gas reserves to fuel the economies, opportunities for US associations are extensive.

Business services (IT, customer and business process centers) come out as the most dynamic market segment accounting for 12% to 17% of projects in all subregions. Moreover, the digital economy (ICT services and software development) emerges as another strong driver of investment across the region,
reflecting both the development of its industrial and consumer markets, and the increasing availability of a skilled workforce.   Financial services (banking, trading and insurance) have also become a pillar of greenfield investment, particularly toward the Gulf, Middle East and North African areas (12% of projects).  Process industries remain a strong magnet for FDI as the chemicals, machinery and electronics sectors appear to have a good hold in the Middle East.

International investors are looking for new market opportunities everywhere in the region. New sales and marketing operations capture the largest share of investment in four of the five subregions, where they account for 40% to 50% of respective new investments.  In addition, many companies have established manufacturing operations to serve rapid-growth economies of the region and mature European markets.  Business support services draw almost a quarter of FDI each in North Africa, the Middle East and the GCC region, as multinationals and outsourcers established more and more nearshore back offices.

Attend a Special Briefing & Panel June 7 and 15

If your association is considering expanding into MENA, then you will not want to miss Doing Business in MENA panel discussion and luncheon on:

Panellists will include executives from ASCP and the American Urological Association who will share how US associations are growing in the region and the opportunities and ingredients for success. Through presentations and interactive discussions, you will learn successful strategies and concrete examples from organizations that are selling products and organizing events in the GCC and greater MENA.

This event is free of charge and open to associations only. For more information and to register, please click on the links above for either Chicago or Washington DC.

Our program is sponsored by Emirates Airlines and Jumeirah Hotels and Resorts.

Jan 11 2016

Doing Business in Singapore & Southeast Asia Briefing, Panel and Lunch – Feb 23 and 25

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Southeast Asia is one of the fastest growing regions of the world. Revenues of organizations based in this region have grown from 7.5% in 2014 to an estimated 9.3% in 2015. Only China has grown at a more robust rate. More growth for SE Asia is expect in 2016 and beyond.

se asia session

Due to this continued growth, US based associations are finding opportunities to expand into this region, and Singapore has been a natural base for regional outreach. Ranked the world’s number one business-friendly economy in the world according to a report by The World Bank and International Finance Corporation, Singapore is home to over 150 International Organisations and more than 7,000 multi-national companies with regional operations. The strategic location of Singapore connects to the world’s biggest market, with more than 100 airlines flying to 300 countries worldwide and has an access to 4 billion people within a 7- hour flight radius.

The appeal of Singapore to associations, besides its strategic location in Asia, includes the multi-value propositions of a modern cosmopolitan city, excellent connectivity throughout the region and to the rest of the world, state-of-the-art operations and logistics infrastructure, leading edge meeting and convention facilities, strong and stable financial and geo-political status; coupled with its multi-ethnicity and cultural diversity, that offers any newcomer an unforgettable experience and yet provides an environment that is receptive to new influences and the ease of assimilation.

As a nation, Singapore is well-known for its effectiveness, reliability and a consistent enforcer of intellectual property rights; key ingredients for any association keen to establish a presence in Singapore. The government is vastly pro-investment, maintaining a competitive tax strategy and a slew of incentive programmes to encourage and assist in incubating both profit and non-profit organisations.

As Asia’s leading destination for conferences, it comes as no surprise that Singapore was also ranked by the Union of International Associations as the Top International Meeting Country in 2011 and Top International Meeting City for five consecutive years, and Asia’s Top Convention City for twelve consecutive years by the International Congress and Convention Association. With over 50,000 hotel rooms and 50 million passengers passing through the airport, and home to many regional corporate offices, the republic is well poised as a “gateway” to Asia.

Attend a Special Briefing & Panel Feb 23 and 25

If your association is considering expanding into Asia, then you will not want to miss Doing Business in Singapore & Southeast Asia panel discussion and luncheon on:

Panellists will include executives from American Society for Quality, CFA Institute and American Counseling Association who will share how US associations are growing in the region and the opportunities and ingredients for success. Through presentations and interactive discussions, you will learn successful strategies and concrete examples from organisations that are selling products and organising events in Singapore and Southeast Asia.

This event is free of charge and open to associations only. For more information and to register, please click on the links above for either Chicago or Alexandria Va (Washington DC area).


Dec 22 2015

Join MCI As Our Guest for IMEX Frankfurt 2016

IMEX 2016

The world’s leading international meetings marketplace is marking its 14th Anniversary with an earlier date in April for 2016. As always IMEX Frankfurt is going to be another incredible experience. Over the years, IMEX has become the leader in  the ever-changing face of the meetings industry.  Constantly evolving and with a firm finger on the pulse of all the breaking news and trends, this show really puts you at the center of the action and MCI is inviting you to attend as our guest.

Every year record numbers of international meeting planners and association executives attend IMEX, the essential worldwide exhibition for meetings and incentive travel – featuring IMEX Association Day & Evening, a dedicated education and networking day for association executives.

Association Day – April 18, 2016

During this special day of education and seminars, IMEX explores key topics and new developments within association management. Association executives are most welcome at Association Day.  Open to all levels of association executive registered to attend IMEX, Association Day offers a VIP opportunity to invest in yourself and your association. A free afternoon of education at the Sheraton Frankfurt Airport Hotel, is co-delivered by ICCA, PCMA and ASAE and hosted by Starwood Hotels and Resorts. Followed by a networking reception, Association Evening hosted by Marriott Frankfurt.

In 2015, Association Day attracted over 300 association executives from nearly 40 countries.


Join MCI @ IMEX 2016 – Hosted Buyer Benefits

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Year after year, attendees comment that is it the show where business gets done. The atmosphere is almost electric with exhibitors, buyers and visitors alike all “charged up”.  This is where major senior executives from the global meeting services arena meet association leaders to discuss proposals and complete deals.

3,500 exhibitors come to IMEX each year (including tourist boards, convention bureaus, international hotel chains, airlines and destination management companies). They’re poised to do business with the 9,000 visitors (including almost 4,000 hosted buyers) who attend during three energetic and very inspirational days.


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In 2016, MCI would like to extend an invitation to our US-based association colleagues to be our guest at IMEX.

The IMEX association hosted buyer program offers the following exclusive benefits:

  • Attendance at IMEX 2016 and IMEX Association Day and Evening on Monday, April 18th, the day before the exhibition opens in Frankfurt.

  • Economy flights

  • Accommodations in specially selected 4 or 5 star hotels

  • Ground transfers within Frankfurt from the airport to hotel and to the exhibition

  • Hosted Buyer Lounge access, with complimentary WI-fi and other services

  • Dedicated support team before and during the show

  • Access to over 200 educational sessions throughout the 3 days


To qualify for MCI’s Guest IMEX  Hosted Buyer Program you must be responsible for planning, organizing, recommending or making financial decisions for events outside the Unitedimex 2015 show stats 2 States.


Most people will attend from April 18-21 in order to attend Association Day and the exhibition, but for those who would like to attend the exhibition only, that is possible. The exhibition runs from Tuesday, April 19 to Thursday, April 21. Please state your travel preferences during the registration process.

Please follow this link to be a part of  MCI’s Guest IMEX 2016 Hosted Buyer Program.

Attending IMEX 2016 and IMEX Association Day will be the best decision you make this year.

If you have questions, please contact Theresa DeConinck at theresa.deconinck@mci-group.com.



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