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World Trade Center Arkansas at the 48th WTCA General Assembly

Denise Thomas (left), director of Africa and Middle East Trade and Melvin Torres (right), director of Latin America Trade stand with Scott Ferguson, president of the World Trade Centers Association at the General Assembly.

Denise Thomas (left), director of Africa and Middle East Trade and Melvin Torres (right), director of Latin America Trade stand with Scott Ferguson, president of the World Trade Centers Association.

The World Trade Center Arkansas attended the 48th World Trade Center Association General Assembly in Las Vegas, Nev. from April 2 – 5, 2017.

This event is a gathering of all the World Trade Centers. Boon Tan, senior director of global trade strategy, Denise Thomas, director of Africa and Middle East Trade and Melvin Torres, director of Latin America trade attended on behalf of the World Trade Center Arkansas.

“By having a presence at the General Assembly we can connect and strengthen our relationships with hundreds of people from across the globe that are called to the same purpose that we are,” Tan said. “The trade centers throughout the world are often our first point of contact in foreign markets when we are helping Arkansas companies that wish to export or source from these locations. So it’s vital that we are actively engaging with members of the Association.”

The General Assembly was hosted by World Trade Center Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. The city maintains a long-standing reputation as a leading destination for business travel and has been the location of the country’s top trade shows according to the Trade News Network for the 23 years in a row.

The General Assembly was centered around the theme “Connections for Global Opportunities” focusing on three key areas:

  • Strengthening the World Trade Center Association Network through shared information on leadership, positioning, operations, and revenue generation.
  • Identifying the best trade and investment opportunities in the region
  • Building and enhancing relationships among World Trade Center representatives and as well as local business leaders

The General Assembly also featured new service reveals by the World Trade Center’s Association, such as Marketplace, which allows world trade center members to browse and connect with vendors and showcase their products. The goal is to help members find solutions for their specific business needs.

For more information about World Trade Center Arkansas attendance at the General Assembly, contact Tan through email at btan@arwtc.org.

The mission of the World Trade Center Arkansas is to grow trade and increase Arkansas exports by connecting Arkansas businesses to the world through international trade services. For more information and valuable updates, please follow the Center on Facebook and Twitter, or subscribe to the World Trade Center Arkansas newsletter below.