The UIA is the world's oldest, largest and most comprehensive source of information on global civil society. Founded in 1907 uunder the name Central Office of International Associations by Paul Otlet (considered one of the fathers of information science) and Henri La Fontaine (Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1913), the UIA enhances collaboration between organizations, and serves as a centre for documentation.
AIPC- the International Association of Convention Centres
AIPC is based in Brussels, Belgium, is the industry association for professional convention and exhibition centre managers worldwide. Its role is committed to encouraging and recognising excellence in convention centre management, while at the same time providing the tools to achieve high standards through its research, educational and networking programmes. The association occupies a unique position amongst the various organisations that represent the meetings industry. With representation from 49 countries around the world, it focuses specifically on the global issues, opportunities and challenges facing convention and exhibition centres. It also celebrates and promotes the multicultural dimension of the international meeting industry and the role facilities play, as well as maintaining close working relations with related industry organisations to ensure members are well-connected to overall industry issues.
ASAE- The American Society of Association Executives
The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) is the membership organization and voice of the association profession. Founded in 1920 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., ASAE has more than 21,000 association CEOs, staff professionals, industry partners, and consultant members. ASAE sponsors the Certified Association Executive (CAE) professional certification program.
IAEE-International Associations of Exhibition and Events
IAEE is the leading association for the global exhibition industry, representing approximately 1,200 organisations and over 8,500 individuals in conducting and supporting international exhibitions. IAEE represents show organisers who conduct the largest shows and exhibitions in the world. Membership benefits include professional development, industry news and publications, resources, service partner discounts, advocacy before government and media, leadership development, and local chapter membership.
ICCA-International Congress and Convention Association
ICCA was founded as a not-for-profit trade organization to evaluate practical ways to involve the travel industry in rapidly expanding market of international meetings and information exchange. As the meeting industry expanded, so did the association and today with over 1,000 members from over 90 countries, it divides members into their related sectors to enhance networking possibilities and industry business activities.
SACEOS-Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers
Since its inception in 1979, SACEOS has been charting the industry’s growth and furthering the country’s position as an International Exhibition City and Regional Convention Hub in Asia. As the country’s established industry-trade association it represents 127 of Singapore’s leading convention, exhibition organisers and suppliers of facilities and services. SACEOS was the first in the world to launch a set of technical references as a guideline to raise professionalism within the exhibition industry. Working closely with the Singapore Government, it is a main contributor in raising the profile of Singapore as the best event venue in Asia.
SISO-Society of Independent Show Organizers
Established in 1009, SISO is 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. SISO members include companies, corporations and other for-profit entities that own, produce or provide full service management of “face to face” trade shows, consumer shows, expositions, conferences and /or similar events as a substantial part of their business. SISO membership is a combination of large corporations and small entrepreneurial enterprises that do business primarily in North America, as well as in Europe, Asia, Africa, India, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. SISO’s more than 175 members produce over 3,500 events, creating an overall $122B impact on the global economy. SISO’s Mission, is to meet the common needs of members, by providing peer networking opportunities, education, industry information, streamlined business processes and best practices in the industry.
UFI – The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry
UFI is the association of the world’s leading trade show organisers and fairground owners, as well as major international exhibition associations, and selected partners. Founded in 1925 by 20 European international trade fairs, as of 2014, it has 638 members, which comprises 333, Exhibition Organisers, 80 Hall Owner Managers, 127 Exhibition Organisers & Hall Owner Managers, 51 Associations, and 47 Partners of the exhibition industry. UFI members are present and active in 83 countries across the world.