International Flavor in Chicago

Picture1Thank you to all who joined us for the 2017 REALTORS® Conference & Expo! This year we hosted close to 1,500 international members representing 67 countries and nearly 500 CIPS designees in Chicago. NAR also officially welcomed three new bilateral partners including The Copenhagen Business Academy in Denmark, The Lithuanian Association of Real Estate Agencies and The Cambodian Valuers and Estate Agents.

Additionally, each year we organize Global Day, a full day of global-focused programming. Here are highlights from the day:

Global Business & Alliances Meeting: We learned a lot from presentations thanks to the Illinois Economic Development Initiatives, FIABCI World, Century 21 and more. However, the most exciting news to come out of this meeting was announced by Eleonore Rojas, VP of NAR Partnerships & International Relations with®. After high demand, International REALTORS® will now be featured in a Find a REALTOR® directory on® and, launching early in 2018! International REALTORS® should update their profile contact information, bio and photo at This new benefit will connect REALTORS® beyond listings with partners from over 60 countries.

Global Day Sessions: The sessions held this year had something for everyone. Global real estate touches many areas of the business, so whether you are interested in commercial real estate, improving living conditions in cities around the world, or diving into NAR’s global partnerships, we had something for you. Interested in hearing the sessions? Full-conference registrants receive conference recordings at no additional cost. Others can purchase the recordings at

Meet The World on the Trade Show Floor: I like to think that this is the most exciting event on the trade show floor. Attendees from over 60 countries met at the Global Networking Center for our networking event and champagne toast. Halfway through the night we raffled off exciting prizes such as trips to Madrid, Dubai, Mexico and more.

Did you enjoy the Meet the World or have a particular memory that stood out during the conference? Let me know at We always love global success stories!

If you were unable to join us for the festivities then look no farther than for conference highlights. Again, we thank all of our international attendees, CIPS designees and anyone who attended our conference events. We hope to see you all for the 2018 REALTORS® Conference & Expo from November 2-5 in Boston, Massachusetts!

Charlee Gibson

Charlee Gibson is a Marketing Coordinator for the National Association of REALTORS® Commercial & Global Services division. She can be reached at

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