MPI Announces Workshops for International Meeting Planners

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has announced a series of new one-day workshops designed for American professionals who are organizing meetings outside of the United States. The new program, called Meetings Without Borders, will debut in November with a three-city tour that stops in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 19, Chicago on Nov. 21 and San Francisco on Nov. 24.

"At MPI we are proud to announce a program that will better prepare meeting and event professionals across the United States to participate in the global expansion of our industry," MPI President and CEO Bruce MacMillan said in a statement.

Meetings Without Borders workshops will focus on teaching the intricacies and logistics of planning events in foreign countries, and will be led by seasoned international planners who will share their own experiences in a one-day format that's designed to relate both the challenges and rewards of global event planning.

"According to FutureWatch 2008, MPI's annual survey of meeting industry trends, one in five respondents expects their organization to extend their global reach in the coming year," MacMillan said. "Meetings Without Borders equips meeting and event professionals to effectively respond to this growing trend."

For more information on the workshops—which are being sponsored by international partners such as Conventions Australia, the Canadian Tourism Commission, Visit Scotland, and the Singapore Exhibition and Convention Bureau—visit www.mpiweb.org.