The Audio Engineering Society, now in its fifth decade, is the only professional society devoted exclusively to audio technology. Its membership of leading engineers, scientists and other authorities has increased dramatically throughout the world, greatly boosting the society's stature and that of its members in a truly symbiotic relationship. The AES serves its members, the industry and the public by stimulating and facilitating advances in the constantly changing field of audio. It encourages and disseminates new developments through annual technical meetings and exhibitions of professional equipment, and through the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society, the professional archival publication in the audio industry.
The International Association of Congress Centres, AIPC, is a non-profit association of more that 115 leading congress centres worldwide, which was founded 1958 in Rome. The official languages of the AIPC are French, English and German. AIPC members participate in a unique worldwide network of contact and consultation. AIPC is an association member of the World Council for Venue Management (WCVM), which represents managers and facilities involved in the art and practice of Public Assembly Facility Management. As a member of the Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC), AIPC is actively involved in all issues facing the global meetings industry.
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has served in its capacity as administrator and coordinator of the United States private sector voluntary standardization system for more than 80 years. Founded in 1918 by five engineering societies and three government agencies, the Institute remains a private, nonprofit membership organization supported by a diverse constituency of private and public sector organizations. Throughout its history, the ANSI Federation has maintained as its primary goal the enhancement of global competitiveness of U.S. business and the American quality of life by promoting and facilitating voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment systems and promoting their integrity.
The Asia Pacific Exhibition & Convention Council is a non-profit, non-political, international organization. APECC was founded in November, 1989 by nine Charter Members at the Inaugural Meeting held at the Korea Exhibition Center (KOEX) in Seoul. APECC's goal is to promote the overall business interests of members through close mutual cooperation and to encourage the progress of exhibition and convention industries in the Pacific Rim region.
35 years ago a few far-seeing people met in Brussels to establish the European Federation of Conference Towns. Its main ambition was to be a focal point for the youthful European conference industry; although many things have changed, this remains a key objective. EFCT is well-known along the corridors of the European Union. It plays a vital role in scrutinising new legislation and providing guidance on every aspect of industry matters and has stimulated the wider cooperative of EMILG, the European Meetings Industry Liaison Group. EFCT also has a lively education and marketing programme, and has become a trusted source of impartial, informed opinion.
The European Stadium Managers Association is an association which was created in 1995, made up of two groups : stadium / sport center managers and related professionnals. ESMA doesn't cease to grow and plays a major role at the world-wide level by heading up the vice-presidency of WCVM (World Council for Venue Management). In Europe, ESMA symbolizes the solidarity which exist within a body concerned with protecting its role and anticipating the future in order to better serve its clients : the spectators.
ESTA is a non-profit trade association representing the North American entertainment technology industry. The Association addresses areas of common concern such as technical standards, customer service, equipment quality, business practices, insurance, and credit reporting. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has designated the ESTA as Accredited Standards Committee E1, Safety and Compatibility of Entertainment Technical Equipment and Practices. ESTA provides a wide variety of services to Members in the areas of education and information exchange, member promotion, trade show participation, reduced costs on business services and credit assistance.
In 1938, Thomas Ashwell, publisher of the Export Trade & Shipper magazine in New York, founded the IAA to coordinate and foster international advertising in New York-The Export Advertising Association. Today the IAA is the only global partnership of advertisers, agencies, the media, and related services. Its mission is to promote the critical role and benefits of advertising as the vital force behind all healthy economies and the foundation of diverse, independent media in an open society as well as to protect and advance freedom of commercial speech and consumer choice.
The International Association of Assembly Managers comprises leaders who represent a diverse industryentertainment, sports, conventions, trade, hospitality and tourism. These leaders manage, or provide products and services to such public assembly facilities like arenas, amphitheaters, auditoriums, convention centers/exhibit halls, stadiums and university complexes. As a professional association, IAAMs mission is to provide leadership, to educate, to inform and to cultivate friendships among individuals involved in the management, operation and support of public assembly facilities.
The International Association of Convention & Visitor Bureaus (IACVB) represents over 1,100 professional members from over 480 bureaus in 30 countries. The association was founded in 1914 to promote sound professional practices in the solicitation and servicing of meetings and conventions. IACVB's member bureaus represent all significant travel/tourism-related businesses at the local and regional level. They also serve as the primary contact point for their destination for a broad universe of convention, meeting, and tour professionals.
The International Association of Professional Congress Organizers (IAPCO), a non-profit organization founded in 1968, represents professional organizers and managers of international and national congresses, conventions and special events. IAPCO is committed to raising standards of service among its members and other sectors of the meeting industry by means of continuing education and interaction with other professionals. IAPCO has members world wide whose activities are monitored on an annual basis. As a result, IAPCO membership offers a unique quality assurance recognized by conference clients and suppliers all over the world.
ICCA was founded in 1963 by a group of travel agents. Their first and foremost aim was to evaluate practical ways to get the travel industry involved in the rapidly expanding market of international meetings and to exchange actual information related to their operations in this market. This initiative soon proved to have been taken at the right moment: the meeting industry expanded even more rapidly than foreseen. ICCA now is one of the most prominent organisations in the world of international meetings. It is the only association that comprises a membership representing the main specialists in handling, transporting and accommodating international events.
IFES is the International Federation of Exhibition Services, an Association of National Federations. These Federations are mainly active in the conception,planning and implementing of temporary 3-D constructions. Founded in Paris in 1985, IFES grew from a loose grouping into an organisation which expanded its activities all over the world.
The International Special Events Society (ISES) was founded in 1987 to foster enlightened performance through education while promoting ethical conduct. ISES works to join professionals to focus on the "event as a whole" rather than its individual parts. Membership brings together professionals from a variety of special events disciplines including caterers, meeting planners, decorators, event planners, audio-visual technicians, party and convention coordinators, educators, journalists, hotel sales managers and many more professional disciplines. The Mission of ISES is to educate, advance and promote the special events industry and its network of professionals along with related industries.
Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is the premier educational, technological and networking resource in the industry. With more than 17,000 members in 64 countries with 58 chapters and six clubs, MPI is committed to enhancing the overall quality of meetings by ensuring the professional development and growth of its membership. The association offers superior educational programming, timely and topical communication, an extensive Resource Center and numerous forums for peer interaction.
NAMM's mission is to "unify, lead and strengthen the global music products industry and to increase active participation in music making." This mission is supported by over 7,000 music products retailers, manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers and publishers located in the United States and in more than 100 other countries. NAMM is dedicated to promoting the future of the music products industry and remains committed to helping the industry thrive.
The Professional Lighting and Sound Association (PLASA) is a trade association representing companies who manufacture, supply, hire, install or use lighting, sound, audio-visual and related technologies within the entertainment, presentation, architectural and communication industries.The association's aim is to develop and promote all aspects of the industry on a global basis, acting generally in the common interests of the membership.
The Society of Incentive & Travel Executives (SITE) is a worldwide organization of business professionals dedicated to the recognition and development of motivational and performance improvement strategies of which travel is a key component. It recognizes the global cultural differences and practices in developing these strategies, and serves as a prime networking and educational opportunity for its members.
The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) is an industry-leading society for the motion picture and television industries. SMPTE is devoted to advancing theory and application in motion imaging, including film, television, video, computer imaging, and telecommunications. The industry relies on SMPTE to generate standards, engineering guidelines, and recommended practices to be followed by respective field professionals.
The World Council for Venue Management (WCVM) is a global organization created through agreement of ten worldwide Public Assembly Facility Management Associations. The WCVM was officially created at a summit meeting that took place in Orlando, Florida, in January of 1997. At this meeting delegates from each association voted, after approval from their respective governing bodies, to form the World Council. The mission of the WCVM is to serve as the information clearing house for the Public Assembly Facility Industry worldwide. The WCVM comprises nine associations representing more than 5,000 practitioners of venue management and over 1200 facilities.
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