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Industry Associations

Here are some of the more prominent associations that focus on the meetings and events industry:

ACCED-I — Association of Collegiate Conference & Events Directors-International
The Association of Collegiate Conference and Events Directors-International consists of over 1,300 campus professionals who design, market, coordinate and plan conferences and events on the campuses of colleges and universities around the world.
ADMEI — Association of Destination Management Executives International
A global organization for Destination Management Companies (DMCs), ADMEI’s mission is to define the DMC industry, uphold the highest level of professionalism, establish standard business and ethical practices, and promote the value of local Destination Management through member and industry education.
AMPs — Association of Meeting Professionals
The Association of Meeting Professionals (AMPs) is a nonprofit association that represents and fosters the educational and professional needs of people working in the meeting management industry.
APA — American Planning Association
With more than 40,000 members from over 90 countries, APA "exists to elevate and unite a diverse planning profession as it helps communities, their leaders and residents anticipate and meet the needs of a changing world."
ASAE — the Center for Association Leadership (formerly the American Society of Association Executives)
ASAE is "the essential organization for association management, representing both organizations and individual association professionals." ASAE maintains that associations have the power to transform society for the better.
CEMA — Corporate Event Marketing Association
The Corporate Event Marketing Association advances strategic event marketing and marketing communications for senior-level event marketers and industry professionals.
EIC — Events Industry Council
The Events Industry Council’s more than 30 member organisations represent over 103,500 individuals and 19,500 firms and properties involved in the events industry. EIC promotes high standards and professionalism in the events industry with the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) programme and signature programme activities.
ESPA — Event Services Professional Association
For 30 years, ESPA (formerly ACOM) has been the only association and voice representing event service professionals from CVBs, hotels and convention centers from across North America.
GBTA — Global Business Travel Association
GBTA’s mission is to be the leading source of business travel knowledge worldwide. This knowledge is created through education, research, networking and advocacy delivered on demand. GBTA's news, editorials and perspectives bring to life the latest business travel industry insights, trends, advocacy, events, research and education.
IACC — International Association of Conference Centers
IACC is primarily a venue-based association, which certifies residential and non-residential meetings and conference focused venues. The IACC certification is a global badge of honour that is trusted by Meeting Planners and the industry the world over.
IAEE — International Association of Expositions and Events
Organized in 1928 as the National Association of Exposition Managers, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events is the leading association for the global exhibition industry. Today IAEE represents over 12,000 individuals in over 50 countries who conduct and support exhibitions around the world.
IAPCO — International Association of Professional Congress Organizers
The IAPCO mission is to raise the standards of service amongst its members and other sectors of the meetings industry by means of continuing education and interaction with other professionals.
IAVM — International Association Of Venue Managers
Committed to international membership growth and development, the IAVM is the preeminent source for all public assembly related research, information, services, and life-safety issues worldwide.
ICCA — International Congress & Convention Association
ICCA - the International Congress and Convention Association - is the global community and knowledge hub for the international association meetings industry. ICCA is the global association leader for the international meetings industry and specialises in the international association meetings sector
IFEA — International Festivals and Events Association
Founded in 1956 as the Festival Manager's Association, the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA World) is "The Premier Association Supporting and Enabling Festival & Event Professionals Worldwide."
ILEA — International Live Events Association
Formerly known as ISES, ILEA advances the live events industry by creating an inclusive global community dedicated to personal and business development, and inspiration to elevate all professionals engaged in live events.
MPI — Meeting Professionals International
With members in more than 75 countries, Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is the largest meeting and event industry association in the world. It provides innovative and relevant education, networking opportunities and business exchanges, and acts as a prominent voice for the promotion and growth of the industry.
NACE — National Association for Catering and Events
The National Association for Catering and Events (NACE) is the go-to resource and community for catering and event professionals nationwide. NACE empowers catering and event professionals by providing them with industry-leading education, tools and resources, and a vibrant community to learn and grow from.
NCBMP — National Coalition For Black Meeting Planners
The National Coalition of Black Meeting Professionals (NCBMP), founded in 1983, is a non-profit organization dedicated primarily to the training needs of African American meeting planners. NCBMP is committed to the improvement of the meetings, conferences, exhibitions, and conventions they manage.
NSA — National Speakers Association
NSA is an association composed of professional speakers, and its members frequently serve as talent (keynoters, trainers, facilitators, etc.) for members of the meetings and events industry.
PCMA — Professional Convention Management Association
With more than 8,400 members and an audience of more than 100,000 individuals, PCMA says it is the world’s largest, most respected and most recognized network of business events strategists.
SEPA — Student Event Planners Association
Student Event Planners Association (SEPA) is a student organization that caters to those interested in pursuing a career in the event planning and hospitality industry.
WIPA — The Wedding International Professionals Association
WIPA's mission is "to provide industry leading education for our members, produce inspirational networking events and advance the ethical standards of the wedding industry."
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