Event Industry Acronyms for Dummies

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One thing I’ve quickly learned is that the Meeting and Events industry loves acronyms (and when I say love, I mean love!). In my time with Cantrav Services so far, I have been exposed to dozens and dozens of acronyms and constantly get surprised with new ones every week. I distinctly remember attending one meeting where the acronyms were flying (A this, E that) and writing down a big fat HUH? on my notepad. So, in the interest of sharing knowledge (and saving you the embarrassment of appearing clueless), I’ve compiled a list of acronyms that I’ve run into so far…

Meeting and Event Acronyms:

  • AD: Account Director
  • AE: Account Executive
  • AIBTM: American Incentive Business Travel and Meeting Exhibition
  • AIME: Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo
  • AM: Account Manager
  • ASAE: American Society of Association Executives
  • AV: Audio Visual
  • CEM: Certified Exhibition Management
  • CMITS: Canadian Meetings and Incentive Travel Show
  • CMM: Certified Meeting Manager
  • CMP: Certified Meeting Professional
  • CSR: Corporate Social Responsibility
  • DMC: Destination Management Company (think Cantrav!)
  • DMO: Destination Marketing Organization (Tourism Vancouver, Tourism Whistler etc.)
  • F&B: Food and Beverage
  • FICP: Financial & Insurance Conference Planners
  • GEP: Global Event Partners
  • IAPCO: International Association of Professional Congress Organizers
  • ICCA: International Congress and Convention Association
  • IMEX: International Meeting Exhibition
  • ISES: International Special Event Society
  • ITMA: Incentive Travel and Meeting Association
  • MICE: Meetings Incentives Conferences and Exhibitions
  • MPI: Meeting Professionals International
  • PCMA: Professional Convention Management Association
  • PCO: Professional Congress Organizer
  • SITE: Society of Incentive Travel Executives
  • WEC: World Education Conference

What do you guys think? Did I miss any that I should add?

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One thought on “Event Industry Acronyms for Dummies

  1. […] with every industry, the events and meetings industry has their own set of terms (and acronyms) that they use so frequently it might as well be their own […]

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