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Industry Partnerships

Industry Partnerships


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AAXO was formed as a collective platform to represent the organiser industry at large by promoting growth and development while addressing the industry’s challenges. Its efforts are directed towards its mission of being the respected authority and representative of the exhibition organising industry responsible for governance, skills development and research while upholding world-class industry standards. This, in turn, is designed to be the engine that drives the African exhibition and organiser growth.

AAXO includes exhibition organisers across a range of trade, consumer and conference-driven exhibitions, namely Specialised Exhibitions Montgomery, Messe Munchen SA, Reed Exhibitions, Spintelligent, Terrapinn, SA Confex Services, TE Trade Events, Exposure Marketing, Agri Expo, Synergy Business solutions, Media 10, DMG Events, Agri Expo, Foundation for Professional Development and Velocity Vision.

With the wealth of knowledge and experience brought to the association by these organisations, AAXO has the energy and expertise to deal with the unique challenges and needs that organisers are faced with, and give them a powerful and credible voice.

AAXO aims to promote the industry, encourage people to invest and participate in exhibitions, and give members the tools and resources to run successful exhibitions.

This includes introducing a code of conduct that is fair, ethical and with remedy and confidentiality; running training programmes that improve the outcome of exhibitions; mediating disputes fairly and with sensitivity; conducting research to provide organisers and exhibitors with growth and business opportunities; engaging with government on greater recognition of the industry; and networking with relevant conference and exhibition bodies to share issues.

Throughout these and all other activities, AAXO strives to represent all its members with honesty and integrity, and to provide them with guidance and leadership.






Association of Event Organisers Ltd (AEO) is the trade body representing companies which conceive, create, develop or manage trade and consumer events. It is run by its members for the benefit of its members through an elected council of representatives, specialist working groups and a fulltime secretariat.







AMPROFEC integrates 150 companies with the main purpose of promoting the development of the meetings industry in our country. We support and represent the organizers in order to make more and better fairs and exhibitions, thus building a solid association where all members have the opportunity to participate and grow. By definition, an Association is an organization or group of individuals who share a common mission, interest or objective and work collectively for the growth of their membership. AMPROFEC offers an opportunity to actively participate in the growth of our industry as well as the professional improvement of our affiliates, promoting their work to place Mexico among the top investment destinations in exhibitions, exhibitions, congresses and conventions.




What is AOCA? It is the Association that brings together professionals related to the Activity of organization of Congresses, Fairs, Exhibitions, Social and Business Meetings, and Bureaus of the Argentine Republic. AOCA is the benchmark of the Activity and the valid interlocutor in the matter before the Government Authorities, promoting the development of the Activity and representing the Sector in all the actions it faces.









Founded in 1952, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) is a national foreign trade and investment promotion agency. 

The major responsibilities of the CCPIT include: implement relevant major national development strategies, and promote foreign trade, bilateral investment and economic & technological cooperation; carry forward cooperation with overseas trade promotion counterparts; receive overseas high-end trade and economic delegations; organize Chinese trade and economy delegations to visit foreign countries; manage overseas trade exhibitions organized by Chinese agencies, participate in affairs of Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) and World Expo on behalf of the Chinese government; hold or organize Chinese companies to attend trade and economic exhibitions, forums, fairs and other international conferences; represent domestic industry and commerce in the field of foreign trade, and involve into the formulation of trade and economic policies and rules, foreign trade negotiation and making of international commercial rules; carry out legal consulting, commercial conciliation , trade and maritime arbitration; sign and issue certificates of origin for export products and other certificates and documents related to foreign trade, provide intellectual property services such as patent application, trade mark registration, litigation and rights safeguarding; organize industries and enterprises to cope with trade disputes; provide trade and economic information, training services etc. 

The CCPIT will establish wide connections with relevant international organizations, trade & investment promotion agencies, commercial associations, and business circles, to organize various forms of communication and cooperation. It is committed to enhancing services for companies and making positive contributions to the development of bilateral and multilateral trade relationships, promotion of world economic prosperity, and improvement of the well-being of all mankind. 




Our Mission: The Center for Exhibition Industry Research provides industry-leading, objective research on the exhibitions and events industry.

Three pillars support the CEIR Mission.

Independent: CEIR produces objective research adhering to market research best-practices.

Comprehensive: CEIR research is designed to inform a broad range of exhibition industry constituents.

Impactful: CEIR research helps exhibition industry professionals and businesses to grow.


Destinations International

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The Destinations International Foundation believes that destination organizations are essential to the success of destinations worldwide and the cornerstone of their communities. That is why we invest in research, advocacy, talent development and global engagement and exchange.

The Cornerstone

With every dollar raised, the Foundation takes aim at and helps ensure the continued growth of our industry worldwide. We know that destination organizations must compete with every other community for their share of the world’s attention, customers and investment. Efforts must be made to promote, market, sell and engage potential visitors. However, we know that the need for destination promotion is for the benefit and well-being of every person in a community. We believe it is a common good and essential to develop opportunities for all the residents.

Investment in the Foundation directly supports innovation and incubation. We ensure that people working at destination organizations are supported with knowledge, programs and powerful tools, so they can continue to drive growth, job creation and build quality of life for their community.


Events Industry Council 

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The Events Industry Council’s 30+ member organizations represent over 103,500 individuals and 19,500 firms and properties involved in the events industry. Our four signature programs—Sustainability, Industry Insights, Knowledge, Leadership—represent the key initiatives, assets, services, and products for the Events Industry Council. The Council works to advance the events industry and the professionals who lead the business of meetings. 


Exhibition Services & Contractors Association (ESCA)


Mission Statement

ESCA is dedicated to the advancement of the exhibition, meeting and special events industries. Through the education, information exchange and level of professionalism shared by members and their customers, ESCA promotes cooperation among all areas of the exhibition industry.

Ethics Statement

As members of ESCA we recognize the need for standards of professionalism in the relationship between contractor and customer and within the industry as a whole. We recognize that our customers come from every aspect of the exhibition, meeting and special events industry, ranging from the organizer to the attendee. All ESCA members pledge to conduct their business activities with integrity. ESCA members understand that they are responsible for the professional conduct of persons in their employ. Consequently, they undertake, through exemplary conduct at all times to secure observance by their employees of this code of ethics.

ESCA members pledge to act in accordance with the following principles of the ESCA code of ethics.


Exhibitions Mean Business Coalition 

Exhibitions Mean Business

In 2011, champions of our industry like Gary Sain and Steven Hacker came together to address a gap in how exhibitions and events were perceived by the public. Recognizing exhibitions and events represent many things to many people, these individuals saw that there was a need to have a cohesive platform under which all these values came together. The industry was a driving force in the global economy and needed a unified voice advocating on its behalf.Today, Exhibitions Mean Business has support from professionals and organizations around the world, including associations, venues and convention centers, exhibitions-focused service providers, convention and visitors bureaus, and travel and tourism organizations. The campaign is focused on serving as a resource for audiences to learn more about exhibitions and events – impacting hearts and minds through targeted public advocacy activities, international visibility efforts and unique engagement programs that help share the value of the industry.


Global Exhibitions Day


Started in 2016 and now in its fifth year, Global Exhibitions Day is a worldwide celebration of the exhibitions and events industry and everyone involved in it. It highlights the power of face-to-face exhibitions to boost business, jobs, innovation and local investment.

The campaign focuses on messages that promote the value of exhibiting for companies, the key support role of exhibitions for the development of trade and internationalisation, and the stimulating role exhibitions play in driving innovation and competitiveness of companies.

UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, facilitates GED by inviting everyone working in exhibitions and trade shows to take part in this campaign by organising and sharing initiatives that promote the industry.






Indian Exhibition Industry Association (IEIA), was registered with the Registrar of Societies, Under Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860 Under No. 55/63 of 2006, in New Delhi. The association brings together all the exhibition organizers, managers, designers & stand contractors, freight forwarders, services & facilities providers, venue owners, etc. so that there is a common platform available to the entire industry to consider ways and means for the sound and scientific development of various facets of the industry.

The Association represents the entire country and all segments related to the exhibition industry. IEIA aims to be your one-stop source of information pertaining to the exhibition industry, various exhibitions/trade shows organized in the country, exhibition industry news, information on various agencies, private and public organizations operating in the exhibition industry in India.


International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) 


Organized in 1928 as the National Association of Exposition Managers to represent the interests of trade show and exposition managers, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events® is the leading association for the global exhibition industry. Today IAEE represents over 12,000 individuals in 50 countries who conduct and support exhibitions around the world.

Over 50 percent of IAEE’s members are directly involved in the planning, management, and production of exhibitions and buyer-seller events. The remainder of our membership consists of those who provide products and services to the industry. IAEE values and promotes diversity of membership, in terms of company size, products, and geographical area. Each active member organization is given one vote, regardless of size. Benefits of IAEE Membership include professional development, industry news and publications, industry and professional resources, service partner discounts, advocacy before government and media, leadership development and local chapter membership.

Our Mission: IAEE globally promotes the unique value of exhibitions and events and is the principal resource for those who plan, produce and service the industry.


International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM)


Representing public assembly venues from around the globe, IAVM's active members include managers and senior executives from auditorium, arenas, convention centers, exhibit halls, stadiums, performing arts centers, university complexes, and amphitheaters.

Member venues represent huge expenditures of public and private funds. They attract millions of patrons to an astonishing variety of events from football to basketball, baseball to hockey, from rock concerts to conventions, conferences to ballets...the list is almost endless.

IAVM counts more than 500 Allied companies among its members. These companies provide products and services used by managers. Through their IAVM membership, Allied members are able to present their products to this vast market.


International Exhibition Logistics Association (IELA)

The International Exhibition Logistics Association (IELA) is the global industry network that provides top quality performance and expertise for your exhibition logistics needs.

IELA members enable your operational excellence, serving well beyond expected industry standards in the care and safety of your exhibits and the success of your exhibitions.

IELA is a worldwide trade association dedicated to enhancing the professionalism of the transportation logistics and freight handling segments of the exhibition & event industry.

The organization’s strict entry requirements focusing on exhibition & event expertise assure the highest level of quality service. Its members are recognized as the industry leaders and niche providers in their own communities or regions as well as around the globe.


Joint Meetings Industry Council

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The Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC) is an organization that represents the combined interests of major international Business Meetings Industry associations. It has provided a forum for information exchange, strategy development and the recognition of excellence amongst industry groups for well over 50 years and is currently focussing on documenting and communicating the diverse values of the industry to a broader community and governmental audiences in order to generate greater appreciation for its diverse roles in supporting global economic, academic, professional and social development.TEXT 


Meetings Mean Business Coalition 

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Meetings Mean Business is an industry-wide coalition to showcase the undeniable value that business meetings, trade shows, incentive travel, exhibitions, conferences and conventions bring to people, businesses and communities. By rallying industry advocates, working with stakeholders, conducting original research, engaging with outside voices and more, the coalition brings the industry together to emphasize its importance. Comprised of over 60 members, the coalition unites the meetings industry with one strong and powerful voice.


National Association of Consumer Shows (NACS)


In 1987, a small group of consumer show producers met and decided they needed an organization solely devoted to the issues facing consumer show producers. 

Today, NACS keeps members aware of its activities and encourages their participation in helping to identify trends and patterns occurring within the industry, to work cooperatively with other industry organizations, and is acknowledged as the voice of the consumer show industry.  In addition, NACS assists its members by offering focused education through face to face meetings and networking venues that help them to increase their knowledge of the many aspects of producing a consumer show plus general business knowledge necessary to successfully manage their companies. 

NACS members annually produce and host shows which use millions of square feet of public and private exhibit space throughout the United States and Canada.  These shows bring significant value to the host facilities, communities, exhibitors, and attendees.








Russian Union of Exhibitions and Fairs - the largest association of leading Russian exhibition organizers, enterprises of the MICE industry, as well as representatives of the exhibition business of Moldova.

The Union was established in 1991 and is an active member of UFI - the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry since 1994.

The Union`s main goal is the development of the exhibition industry of the Russian Federation, the strengthening of its international relations, the establishment of a dialogue between the authorities and key market players, assistance to the enterprises in promotion goods and services to the Russian and foreign markets.

Representatives of the Union are members of the Interdepartmental Commission at the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia, the Expert Council on Exhibition and Fair Activity of the State Duma, of the relevant committees of the Russian Chamber of Commerce, the Russian Union

of industrialist and of the Russian export center. It provides a serious influence on the formation of the exhibition industry at the administrative level.

RUEF today includes 92 companies - key companies of the market: mostly organizers and venues.




SACEOS was set up in 1979 to be the voice and champion of the meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) industry, to help those in the business to develop and prosper, and to work closely with the government to meet the objective of making Singapore the best venue in Asia. Training has been and continues to be a cornerstone of SACEOS and it is a strategic pillar for the association to help members as Singapore and Asia grapple with greater competition from other regions, fight for talent, as well as manage and retain talent.



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The association consists of member units. The membership structure is diverse, basically covering the entire industry chain of exhibition hosting, exhibition hall operation, exhibition design, exhibition engineering, exhibition media, exhibition advertising, exhibition consulting, exhibition education and training, conference organization, exhibition tourism, event planning, etc. Coming from Shanghai and the Yangtze River Delta region, but also from some provinces and cities, it has strong representativeness and extensiveness.

Core Value: Since the establishment of the association, in accordance with national laws and regulations, it has actively played the four functions of "service, representation, coordination, and self-discipline". Under the guidance of the relevant functional departments of the city, it has done industry certification, training, and organized international exchanges and cooperation. In addition to various aspects of work, we are also committed to providing quality services to member units, reflecting the broadness and representativeness of industry associations, and building a harmonious platform for communication between the government and enterprises.


U.S. Travel Association (UTSA)


The collective strength of over 1,100 member organizations growing the $2.6 trillion U.S. travel industry.


To increase travel to and within the United States.


U.S. Travel is the leading force that grows and sustains travel and protects the freedom to travel. Our efforts are focused on achieving our shared vision for the industry: Travel is understood as essential to the economy, American jobs, security, image and well-being of the United States and travelers.



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UFI is the leading global association of the world’s tradeshow organizers and exhibition center operators, as well as the major national and international exhibition associations, and selected partners of the exhibition industry.

UFI’s main goal is to represent, promote, and support the business interests of its members and the exhibition industry. UFI directly represents around 50,000 exhibition industry employees globally, and also works closely with its 52 national and regional associations members.

795 member organizations in 88 countries and regions around the world are presently signed up as members.

More than 944 international trade fairs proudly bear the UFI approved label, a quality guarantee for visitors and exhibitors alike. UFI members continue to provide the international business community with a unique marketing media aimed at developing outstanding face-to-face business opportunities.


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