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Discover the many professional associations available to meeting and event planners. We are sharing a comprehensive alpha list of organizations with offices in the United States; however many operate globally. Find the organization that best suits your needs here.

Association of Collegiate Conference Events Directors International

The Association of Collegiate Conference and Events Directors-International consists of over 1,500 campus professionals who design, market, coordinate and plan conferences and special events on the campuses of colleges and universities around the world. 

Association of Corporate Travel Executives

A global association, comprised of executive-level members in more than 100 countries, ACTE pioneers educational and technological advances that make business travel productive, cost-effective and straightforward. ACTE advocacy and initiatives continue to support impactful changes in, safety and security, privacy, duty of care and compliance along with traveler productivity that supports global commerce.

Association of Destination Management Executives International

The pre-eminent International organization for Destination Management Companies (DMCs), with a 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.

American Hotel & Lodging Association

The sole national association representing all segments of the 1.8 million-employee U.S. lodging industry, including hotel owners, REITs, chains, franchisees, management companies, independent properties, state hotel associations, and industry suppliers.

ASAE, The Center For Association Leadership

ASAE represents more than 21,000 association executives and industry partners representing 10,000 organizations. Members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in nearly 50 countries around the world.

Center for Exhibition Industry Research

The goal is to promote the image, value and growth of exhibitions. This is accomplished through producing primary research studies that prove the effectiveness and efficiency of exhibitions as a marketing medium.

Convention Industry Council

CIC's members represent more than 103,500 individuals and 19,500 firms and properties involved in the meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry. CIC offers many tools and programs designed to support the industry and meet its challenges; facilitate the exchange of information and ideas; and educate the public on its profound economic impact.

Destination Marketing Association International

DMAI advocates for the professionalism, effectiveness, and significance of destination marketing organizations worldwide.

Exhibit & Event Marketers Association

The Exhibit & Event Marketers Association (E2MA) is the premier thought leader and content development organization for corporate marketers and their suppliers in the face-to-face marketing medium.

Event Service Professionals Association

ESPA is dedicated to elevating the event and convention service profession and to preparing members, through education and networking, for their pivotal role in innovative and successful event execution.

Financial & Insurance Conference Planners

The Financial & Insurance Conference Planners provides access to education, experience and resources targeting the needs of financial services and insurance meeting planners from across North America.

Global Business Travel Association

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) is the world’s premier business travel and meetings organization. Collectively, GBTA’s 5,000-plus members manage over $340 billion of global business travel and meetings expenditures annually. GBTA provides its network of 21,000 business and government travel and meetings managers, as well as travel service providers, with networking events, news, education & professional development, research, and advocacy.

Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International

HSMAI is a global organization of sales, marketing, and revenue management professionals representing all segments of the hospitality industry.

International Association of Conference Centres

IACC is a community of passionate people and organizations delivering innovative and exceptional meeting experiences.

International Association of Exhibitions and Events

IAEE's mission is to provide stakeholders of the global exhibitions and events industry with information and resources that will advance the industry’s success.

International Association of Venue Managers

IAVM Active members include managers and senior executives from auditorium, arenas, convention centers, exhibit halls, stadiums, performing arts theaters, and amphitheaters.

International Congress and Convention Association

ICCA represents the main specialists in organizing, transporting and accommodating international meetings and events, and comprises almost 1,000 member companies and organizations in over 90 countries worldwide. ICCA specializes in the international association meetings sector, offering unrivalled data, communication channels, and business development opportunities.

International Facility Management Association

IFMA is the world's largest and most widely recognized international association for facility management professionals, supporting more than 23,500 members in 94 countries.

International Special Events Society

ISES is the principal association representing the creative events professional, globally.

Meeting Professionals International

Meeting Professionals International is the premier global association community for meeting and event professionals. It believes in the unequalled power of events and human connections to advance organizational objectives.

National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners

The National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners is a non-profit organization dedicated primarily to the training needs of African American meeting planners.

The organization is committed to the improvement of the meetings, conferences, exhibitions, and convocations they manage. Members of NCBMP include meeting planners from numerous business, civil rights, church and fraternal organizations. Associate membership is available to individuals who represent hotels, convention bureaus, city government officers, airlines and other suppliers who offer services to the meeting and convention community.

Professional Convention Management Association

PCMA represents more than 6,000 meeting industry leaders throughout the globe. With 17 chapters in the United States, Canada and Mexico, our members include planner and trade show/exhibit professionals, suppliers, faculty, students and Emeritus.

Religious Conference Management Association

The Religious Conference Management Association is a professional, nonprofit, multifaith organization consisting of individuals who are responsible for planning and/or managing meetings, tutorials, conferences, conventions, and assemblies for their religious organizations.

Society of Government Meeting Professionals

SGMP is a national association for individuals involved in planning government meetings and for the companies who provide facilities or services to those planners. Our membership includes employees of federal, state and local governments, as well as contract meeting planners, who manage government meetings on a full- or part-time basis.

Society of Independent Show Organizers

Dedicated to meeting the needs of the for-profit show organizer through networking, the exchange of ideas and experiences, and the ability to learn from each other in a non-competitive and candid environment.


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U.S. Travel Association

U.S. Travel is the unique national organization that leverages the collective strength of those who benefit from travel to grow their business beyond what they can do individually.

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