Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) is the definitive authority in education, business networking and community engagement for leaders in the global meetings, convention and business events industry. With more than 6,500 members and 50,000 customers PCMA drives innovation through risk taking, research and data driven decision making.
IAPCO is the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers and is considered the top professional association for those whose core business is organising, planning and managing national and international special events, conventions, and congresses. IAPCO is a non-profit organisation committed to raising the standards of professionalism in the meetings industry in terms of efficiency, timeliness, good management as well as financial responsibility. It represents today 117 professional organisers from 41 countries.
AIPC – the International Association of Convention Centres – is the industry association for professional convention and exhibition centre managers world wide. With representation from over 57 countries, AIPC is committed to encouraging and recognizing excellence in convention centre management, while at the same time providing the tools to achieve such high standards through its research, educational and networking programs.
In January 2017, the Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC) presented a new advocacy channel promoting the value of business and professional events to government and business. The Iceberg was formed through a collaborative funding, content and distribution network of industry associations, publishers, events and practitioners. Collectively, this industry partnership is collaborating to identify and share the legacies of business and professional events in economic and social outcome terms – including yet beyond those of the immediate visitor economy, tax dividend, and hospitality employment that result from them. Between them, these partners also provide fortnightly outreach to an unrivalled community of meeting and business event planners worldwide by providing access to The Iceberg via a fortnightly digest, Business Events World.