MCI Group, the Geneva-based congress organiser and association management company, is back on the expansion trail after opening new offices in China and Portugal.
MCI Hangzhou is the result of a joint venture with two state-owned enterprises - Hangzhou Tourism Investment Co., Ltd and Hangzhou Zhonghe Investment Co., Ltd.
Employing around ten people, the office will curate content for Urban Constellation, a museum of contemporary architecture, and a mixed-used development called Qianjiang Century Park.
Hangzhou is the capital of Zhejiang Province in East China whose famous West Lake is one of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the city along with the Hangzhou-Beijing Grand Canal.
As the host city of 2016 G20 Summit, the city demonstrated its ability to host large international conferences and conventions and has been awarded the 2022 Asian Games. It is home to the e-commerce giant Alibaba, and a hotbed for internet and tech start-up communities.
Florence Chua, managing director of MCI Hangzhou, said: “This joint venture realises a strategic partnership that is committed to attracting, developing and delivering high quality experiences for international meetings, incentives, and conferences coming to the city. Moreover, it will support the international activation of Chinese brands and companies based in the region. And no least, to engage and grow the communities around our partners’ landmark property projects.”
Meanwhile MCI Portugal has strengthened MCI Group’s presence in Europe and is expected to forge close working links with the group’s offices in Lisbon and Barcelona.
Sandrine Castres, general director of MCI in Spain and Portugal, said: "This is part of our expansion strategy in southern Europe and is due to the growing demand from our international and Iberian customers who require more combined services both in Portugal and in Spain.”
MCI Group now has 60 offices in 31 countries.
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