MCI Group’s Andrea Irani named Managing Director of HSMAI United Arab Emirates (UAE)

McLEAN, VA, 2015-3-12 — /Travel PR News/ — The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) has named the MCI Group’s Andrea Irani as the new Managing Director of HSMAI United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Irani has more than 25 years of experience in hospitality, media events planning and conference management, and, through her role as Account Manager for MCI Middle East’s Association Management and Consultancy division, has access to the latest global practices in association growth strategies and product development.

“Andrea is a hotelier by profession with a proven track record,” said Bob Gilbert, president and CEO of HSMAI Americas. “She is experienced, personable and a highly-efficient organizer. Andrea is a self-motivated individual who can work under tight timelines and structured environments and is comfortable working in a fast-paced, growth orientated work environment. We are excited to have her as the Managing Director for UAE.”

Irani’s background in the hotel industry includes the Taj Group in Mumbai and the InterContinental Hotel in Dubai. After working in hotels, Irani launched Entertainment Plus Gulf magazine in Gulf News. In addition, she has experience with associations like the UAE Internal Audit Association (IAA), Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) and Information Technology Governance Assurance Forum (ITGAF). For the UAE Internal Audit Association, Irani developed a website and increased its membership through an aggressive membership retention campaign.

Irani is a strategic planner and implementer with demonstrated abilities in conducting special events, devising brand building activities and accelerating the business growth. She has led projects with various companies to develop strategies to maximize distribution, audience, and revenues.

About HSMAI Global
Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) Global is a federation of Regions committed to growing business for hotels and their partners, and is the industry’s leading advocate for intelligent, sustainable hotel revenue growth. HSMAI Regions provide hotel professionals & their partners with tools, insights, and expertise to fuel sales, inspire marketing, and optimize revenue through programs around the world. HSMAI is an individual membership organization comprising more than 7,000 members globally with a presence in the Americas, AsiaPacific, Europe, and Middle East. Connect with HSMAI at

About MCI
MCI is the world’s leading provider of strategic engagement and activation solutions and has been a key driver of innovation in the meetings, events, association and congress industries since 1987. Through creative live experiences and digitization, globalization, brand enhancement and content strategies, MCI helps multinational companies and international associations to enhance organizational performance, grow globally, energize communities and drive business results. An independent, privately held company with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, MCI’s 1,650 experts in 60 cities and 31 countries help clients across Europe, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, and India, the Middle East and Africa to unlock their potential and deliver real change.  Find out more at