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Industry links

ICCA works in partnership with other leading meetings industry organisations to promote the importance of our industry worldwide, and is a member of a number of strategic bodies.  Additionally, ICCA has a relationship with a number of national and regional groupings which are known as "ICCA affiliated meetings industry associations".

ICCA membership of global organisations

ICCA is a member of ASAE, the US-based organisation for association management, representing both organisations and individual association professionals. ICCA is a CAE Approved Provider, meaning ICCA's education sessions meet the requirements for fulfilling the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the Certified Association Executive credential.  For more information about the CAE credential or Approved Provider program, visit

Events Industry Council 
ICCA is a member of this US-based federation of 33 national and international meetings industry related associations. The Events Industry Council is the accrediting body for the internationally recognised Certified Meetings Professional designation.

The Green Meeting Industry Council was formed on December 10, 2003 to improve meeting management practices by promoting environmentally responsible strategies through the collaborative efforts of the hospitality industry, corporations, government, and community organizations. The GMIC is committed to supporting economic, environmental, and community objectives as they relate to the meeting industry.

ICCA is a founder member of Joint Meetings Industry Council, which comprises 13 international meetings industry associations, and whose most recent major initiative is " Power and Profile", a guide to community and government relations that is freely available to all ICCA members.

Find out about other major meetings industry association education and research programmes by accessing these comprehensive listings in the JMIC website.

ICCA joined the World Tourism Organisation in 2004 in order to advance the creation of comprehensive statistics on the meetings industry worldwide.  A new project to this end has been started by UNWTO in partnership with ICCA, MPI, and Reed Travel Exhibitions.

ICCA is an Associate Member of the Union of International Associations, which is a complementary source to ICCA Data of useful information about international associations.  Also like ICCA, UIA publishes regular statistics on international association meetings, which are based on different criteria and include meetings which do not rotate between different venues.

Other leading international meetings industry associations

AACVB   Asian Association of Convention & Visitors Bureaus
AIPC   International Association of Congress Centres
DMAI   Destination Marketing International Association
ECM   European Cities Marketing
IAAM   International Association of Assembly Managers
IAPCO   International Association of Professional Congress Organisers
MPI   Meeting Professionals International
PCMA   Professional Convention Management Association
UFI   The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry
Site   Society of Incentive Travel Excellence

ICCA affiliated meetings industry associations

Confederation of Latin American Congress Organising Entities and Related Activities - 

Meetings & Events Australia - MEA
Association of Autralian Convention Bureaux - AACB

Asociation des Foires, Salons & Congres de France -FSF

France Congrès

FederCongressi & eventi 

Japan Convention Management Association - JCMA

South Africa
Southern African Association for the Conference Industry - 

Federacion Espanola de Asociaciones de Empresas de Organizatcion Profesional de Congresos -