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MPI Hosts Education Conference; SITE University Goes to Russia MPI to Explore Power of Meetings at Education Conference

Meeting Professionals International will host the 25th annual Professional Education Conference-North America from Jan. 21-23 at the Ernest Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

The conference will offer more than 70 workshops and forums in areas such as technology, incentives and culling sponsors. Nearly 350 exhibitors will show at the exposition, association officials said.

CNN Headline News anchor Lynne Russell will be the featured speaker at the opening general session. During the session, winners of MPI's Global Paragon Awards - recognizing distinctive global meetings - will be spotlighted.

MPI expects the conference to draw 2,500 meeting professionals from around the world and to generate an estimated $125 million for New Orleans in new meeting and convention business during the next five years.

CONTACT: MPI, 4455 LBJ Freeway, Suite 1200, Dallas, TX 75244; 972/702-3070; Web site:

The Society of Incentive & Travel Executives will host its 2001 University of Europe in St. Petersburg, Russia. The program will take place March 25-29 at three venues - Grand Hotel Europe, Hotel Astoria and Sheraton Nevskij Palace.

In addition to providing incentive professionals a forum for discussion of key business issues and concerns, SITE universities offer delegates a firsthand look at destinations and venues for incentive travel programs, according to SITE.

St. Petersburg was chosen as this year's site for its extraordinary cuisine, first-class service and accommodations, executive vice president Jill Harrington said.

She said conference topics include technology, sales and marketing concerns, industry trends and legal issues such as contract preparation and risk assessment.

CONTACT: SITE, 21 W. 38th St., 10th Floor, New York, NY 10018; 212/575-0910; Web site:

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