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.

AIPC – 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.

Events Industry Council
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.

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International Pharmaceutical Congress Advisory Association
The 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. The organisation is in regular contact with leading policy-making healthcare organisations. IPCAA is an affiliate member of IFPMA.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.

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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.

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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. Visit us at, LinkedIn, Facebook and @pcmahq on Twitter and Instagram.