INDUSTRY OVERVIEW AND COMPONENTS

Call it the Meetings Industry, Business Events or any of the many other terms applied to the unique collection of activities that comprise our sector – it still adds up to one of the most powerful forces in the world today, supporting and advancing economic, academic, social and professional development and facilitating the kinds of interactions that are increasingly necessary to facilitate and encourage global understanding and exchange!

Here is an industry overview that will help you make sense of it all – along with a listing of some of the many organizations that make up the complex web of interconnected functions that make it all work in today’s highly demanding and competitive operating environment.

Industry Overview

ASSOCIATIONS

NAME OF ASSOCIATION GEOGRAPHIC REPRESENTATION SERVICE COMPONENTS
AACB Association of Australian Convention Bureaux Regional Australia
AACVB Asian Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaux Regional Asia suppliers Destinations / CVB / Tourist offices
AAXO Association of African Exhibition Organisers Regional Africa
ABPCO Association of British Professional Conference Organisers Regional Europe
AC Forum Associations & Conference Forum Regional Europe
ACCCLATAM Asociación De Centros De Convenciones Del Caribe Y Latinoamérica Regional South America suppliers venues
ACCED-I Association of Collegiate Conference and Events Directors-International Regional North America
ACI Europe Airports Council International Europe Regional Europe
ACTE Association of Corporate Travel Executives Global
ADMEI Association of Destination Management Executives International Global
AEFI Associazione Esposizioni e Fiere Italiane Regional Europe
AEO Association of Event Organisers Regional Europe
AEV Association of Event Venues Regional Europe
AFE Asociación de Ferias Españolas Regional Europe
AFECA Asian Federation of Exhibition and Convention Associations Regional Asia
AFIDA Asociación Internacional de Ferias de América Regional South America
AIFEC Asociacion Colombiana de la Industria de Ferias, Congresos, convenciones y Actividades Afines Regional South America
AIPC Intl Assn of Convention Centres Global suppliers venues
AIVFC Association Internationale des Villes Francophones de Congrès Gobal
AMEREF Asociacion Mexicana de Recintos Feriales Regional South America
AMPROFEC Asociación Mexicana de Profesionales de Ferias, Exposiciones y Convenciones Regional South America
AOCA Asociacion Argentina de Organizadores y Proveedores de Exposiciones, Congresos, Eventos y de Buros de Convenciones Regional South America
APCE Spanish Association of Conference Centres Regional Europe
ASAE American Society of Association Executives Global clients/buyers clients/buyers;

visitors/attendees; organisers

ASPERAPI/IECA Indonesian Exhibition Convention Association Regional Asia
AUDOCA Asociacion Uruguaya de Organizadores de Congresos, Ferias, Exposiciones y Afines Regional South America
AUIEC Arab Union of International Exhibitions and Conferences Regional Middle East
AUMA Association of the German Trade Fair Industry Regional Europe
BEA Business Events Australia Regional Australia
BECA Business Events Council of Australia Regional Australia
CAEM Canadian Association of Exposition Management Regional North America
CCPIT China Council for Promotion of International Trade Regional Asia
CEMA Corporate Event Marketing Association Regional North America
Centrex Central East European Exhibition Organisers’ Club Regional Europe
COCAL Latin American Confederation of PCO and Related Companies Regional South America suppliers, professional assns destinations / CVB / Tourist offices;

associations

DI Destinations International Global
ECM European Cities Marketing Regional Europe suppliers destinations / CVB / Tourist offices
EDEN European Destination of Excellence Regional Europe
EEAA Exhibition and Event Association of Australia Regional Australia
EEIA European Exhibition Industry Alliance Regional Europe
EFAPCO European Federation of the Associations of Professional Congress Organisers Regional Europe
EMECA European Major Exhibition Centres Association Regional Europe suppliers, organisers venues; exhibition organisers
EFPIA European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations Regional Europe
ESAE European Society of Association Executives Regional Europe
ESCA Exhibition Services and Contractors Association Regional North America
ESPA Event Service Professionnals Associations Regional North America
ETC European Travel Commission Regional Europe
ETOA European Tour Operators Association Regional Europe
EUROMIC Association of DMC companies Global
Eventtia Event Management Technology Regional Europe
EVVC Europäischer Verband der Veranstaltungs-Centren Regional Europe suppliers venues
Exhibition and Event Association of Southern Africa Regional Africa
FEBELUX Association for the Live Communication Industry Regional Europe
Federcongressi Federcongressi&eventi Regional Europe
FEST Foundation for European Sustainable Tourism Regional Europe
FICP Financial and Insurance Conference Professionals Regional North America
HCEA Healthcare Convention & Exhibitors Association Regional North America
HOTREC Hospitality Europe Regional Europe
HSMAI Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International Global
IACC International Association of Conference centers Global
IAEE International Association of Exhibitions and Events Regional North America, South America, Africa, Asia suppliers, organisers venues; exhibition organisers
IAPCO International Association of Professional Congress Organizers Global suppliers, clients/buyers Organiser pro: PCO
IAVM International Association of Venue Management Global
ICCA International Congress and Convention Association Global clients/buyers, organisers, suppliers venues; destinations; organiser pro;

organiser end user; associations;

specialty suppliers; hotels/accommodation;

travel/transportation

IEIA Indian Exhibition Industry Association Regional Asia
IELA International Exhibition Logistics Association Global
IFES International Federation of Exhibition and Event Suppliers Global
IGCAT International Institute of Gastronomy, Culture, Arts and Tourism Global
ILEA International Live Events Association Global
IPCAA International Pharmaceutical Congress Advisory Association Global
IFPMA International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations Global
JCMA Japan Convention Management Association Regional Asia
KMA Korea MICE Association Regional Asia
MACEOS Malaysian Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers Regional Asia
MEA Meetings & Events Australia Regional Australia
MIA Meetings Industry Association Regional Europe
MPI Meeting Professionals International Global clients/buyers, organisers, suppliers venues; destinations; organiser pro;

organiser end user; associations;

specialty suppliers; hotels/accommodation;

travel/transportation

PATA Pacific Asia Travel Association Regional Asia, Regional Australia
PCEI Polska Izba Przemysłu Targowego Regional Europe
PCMA Professional Convention Management Association Global clients/buyers, organisers, suppliers venues; destinations; organiser pro;

organiser end user; associations;

specialty suppliers; hotels/accommodation

PCOA Professional Conference Organisers Association Regional Australia
RUEF Russian Union of Exhibitions and Fairs Regional Europe
SAACI South African Association for the Conference Industry Regional Africa
SACEOS The Singapore Association of Convention & Exhibition Organisers & Suppliers Regional Asia clients/buyers, organisers, suppliers venues; destinations; organiser pro;

organiser end user; associations;

specialty suppliers; hotels/accommodation;

travel/transportation

SISO Society of Independent Show Organisers Global clients/buyers, organisers, suppliers organiser pro; organiser end user;

exhibition organiser;

SITE Society for Incentive Travel Excellence Global clients/buyers; suppliers organiser pro; incentives
TEA Thai Exhibition Association Regional Asia
UBRAFE Uniao Brasileira dos Promotores de Feiras Regional South America
UFI Global Association of the Exhibition Industry Global suppliers, organisers venues; exhibition organisers
UIA Union of International Associations Global clients/buyers organiser end user: assns
UNICEO United Networks of the International Corporate Events Organizers Global
Unimev Union Française des Métiers de l’Evénement Regional Europe
UNWTO World Tourism Organisation Global
UST US Travel Association Regional North America
VMA Venue Management Association Regional Asia, Regional Australia
WTCA World Trade Centres Association Global
WTTC World Travel and Tourism Council Global