In IAPCO’s mission to develop the professionalism of the global meetings industry, we have allies with other industry associations within the meetings industry. Exchange of ideas, concepts and sharing of knowledge is of paramount importance to maintain the meetings industry in the forefront of political and economic thought.

The International Association of Convention Centres is the industry association for professional convention and exhibition centre managers world wide. 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.

AIPC occupies a unique position amongst the various organizations that represent the meetings industry. It is a true international organization, with representation from over 60 countries around the world. It focuses specifically on the issues, opportunities and challenges facing convention and exhibition centres. It celebrates and promotes the multicultural dimension of the international meetings industry and the role facilities play in enhancing this. And it maintains close working relations with related industry organizations to ensure members are well connected to overall industry issues.

AMC Institute

AMC Institute (AMCI) is the global trade association for 175 association management companies that work with more than 3300 nonprofits serving 3.3 million members. The total budget for associations managed by AMC Institute members is over $1.9 billion. AMC Institute seeks to advance professionalism and high industry standards for association management companies through education, accreditation, and member networking opportunities.

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The Latin American Meetings Industry Federation (COCAL) is a not-for-profit membership organization that currently represents, educates, and encourages all the stakeholders that make up the value chain of the Meetings and Business Events Industry of Latin America: Organizers, Suppliers, Event Generators, and Academia, grouped either under the figure of individual professionals, corporations, or individuals representing a national industry organization. COCAL promote the competitive level of the Industry in the Latin American region. COCAL membership is through annual membership and all its members are of good standing in the industry.

The Events Industry Council (formerly Convention Industry Council) was founded in 1949 by four organisations to facilitate the exchange of information within the meetings, conventions, and exhibitions industry. Now the organisation has grown to include 34 member organisations of which IAPCO is one. EIC’s membership represent more than 103500 individuals and 19500 firms and properties involved in the meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry. EIC offers many tools and programmes 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.


IBTM is a portfolio of global and regional events for events professionals. With events in every corner of the globe and businesses covering every region, there is ample opportunity to network with like-minded events professionals.

IBTM bring together the global meetings industry, with everyone having that one common purpose – to meet the right people that can create better business results for their organisation. Build face to face connections with the right people, gain key industry insight and of course, engage in unrivalled networking opportunities over the three days.

IBTM events have one goal – to inspire the events world to deliver exceptional experiences for their customers.

International Federation of Exhibition & Event Services

International Federation of Exhibition & Event Services (IFES) is the International Federation of national associations and individual companies active in the design, conception, production and show services for temporary structures used at exhibitions and trade shows. It is the only organization dedicated to specific needs of exhibit designers and providers of tradeshow services. IFES directly represents nearly 20,000 exhibition and event service industry employees globally and works closely with its 14 national association members to facilitate opportunities for gaining knowledge and expanding global cooperation of its more than 250 registered members from all around the globe.

The purpose of IFES is to promote the commercial, professional and socio-political interests of its country member associations on an international level. IFES is governed by a board of representatives comprising representatives of its member companies.


The IMEX Group organises two global trade shows in the meetings and events sector. IMEX in Frankfurt has been held since 2002 and was joined in 2011 by IMEX America.

Both trade shows offer unprecedented business opportunities combined with a great industry gathering. In partnership with the industry’s key associations, our unique model is complemented by extensive free education and networking.

Meeting industry suppliers from across the world are present at IMEX trade shows. Exhibitors include national and regional tourist offices, convention and visitor bureau, hotels, conference and exhibition centres, cruise lines, airlines, spa resorts, event management specialists and more.

In attending an IMEX trade show it is possible to achieve a year’s worth of business in just three days, be inspired by outstanding free educational programs, develop your career and learn about the latest innovations and ideas in the industry.


International Pharmaceutical Congress Advisory Association (IPCAA) mission is to ensure the most beneficial outcome for all parties involved in medical congresses, through the development of common and consistent congress policies and through recognised partnerships with medical societies. IPCAA also facilitates and organises platforms for discussion and education of topics amongst relevant meetings industry stakeholders and contributes to improve the understanding of topics such as compliance and transparency. The organisation is in regular contact with leading policy-making healthcare organisations and is an affiliate member of IFPMA.

PCAA was formed in 1989, originally as the European Pharmaceutical Congress Advisory Association (EPCAA), an association of European research-based pharmaceutical companies.

Today IPCAA represents in excess of 22 healthcare companies from around the world with its Code of Conduct and Guidelines seen as the basis for interactions between medical societies, congress organisers and the Healthcare Industry.

Joint Meetings Industry Council

Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC) was established in 1978 as a vehicle for creating a forum for the exchange of information and perspectives amongst international associations engaged in various aspects of the meetings industry.

Today, JMIC has three primary objectives:

  1. To create a forum for the exchange of information and expertise amongst organisations that represent the various sectors of the meetings industry;
  2. To formally recognize the achievements of individuals who have successfully advanced the positioning and professionalism of the industry on an international basis;
  3. To support and carry out activities that promote the profile and positioning of the meetings industry as a distinct and important part of the global economy.


Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) believes that business events can economically and socially transform communities, enterprises and individuals. Our success is driven by a commitment to providing provocative executive level education, face-to-face networking and business intelligence to its global audience of 7,000 professionals and students.

Through its Ascent leadership initiative, PCMA seeks to empower those challenged by gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity or disabilities to find success.

Headquartered in Chicago, PCMA has 17 chapters throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico with members in more than 40 countries and regional offices in Switzerland and Singapore.