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Exhibitions and Conferences Alliance

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About ECA

Established in 2021, the Exhibitions & Conferences Alliance (ECA) is a coalition of leading professional, industry, and labor organizations that comprise the unified advocacy voice of the business events industry. The exhibitions, conferences, and trade shows delivered by ECA's alliance partners and their members attract exhibitors, attendees, and buyers from around the world to conduct business in the United States. This dynamic industry employs 2.6 million Americans and drives $399 billion in spending annually.

ECA's nine alliance partners represent all aspects of the interconnected ecosystem of exhibitors, show and event organizers, suppliers, venues, and hard-working men and women that comprise the U.S. and global business events landscape

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Experiential Designers & Producers Association (EDPA)

Founded in 1954, EDPA is recognized internationally and serves thousands of professional members representing more than 300 corporations across 18 countries. EDPA is committed to driving growth within the experiential, exhibit and event industry through advocacy, networking, education and good works. EDPA members combine marketing, design and production leadership to help organizations create effective face-to face customer experiences and environments..

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International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA)

The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) is a global community and knowledge hub for the international association - and governmental - meetings industry. Founded in 1963, ICCA specialises in the international association meetings sector; offering unrivalled data, education, communication channels, as well as business development and networking opportunities. Today, ICCA is one of the most prominent organisations in – and advocates for – the world of international meetings.

For more information about ICCA, please click here.

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Exhibition Services & Contractors Association (ESCA)

ESCA is the premier association for firms in the meetings, exhibitions, and hospitality industry. ESCA members excel in trade shows and exhibitions, conventions and meetings, and corporate meetings and events, providing top-notch services and products for successful events. With decades of experience and a commitment to excellence, ESCA members are industry leaders, constantly exceeding expectations in event planning, design, logistics, and execution.

For more information about ESCA, please click here.

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Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA)

PCMA educates, inspires, and listens, creating meaningful experiences where passion, purpose and commerce come together. We are the world’s largest community for business events strategists, providing senior-level education, networking, and market intelligence for the global business events industry. Headquartered in Chicago, IL, PCMA has 17 North American Chapters, regional communities in APAC, EMEA and LATAM, and members in 59 countries.

For more information about PCMA, please click here.

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International Association of Exhibitions & Events (IAEE)

Founded in 1928 to represent the interests of trade show and exposition managers, IAEE is the leading association for the global exhibition industry. Today IAEE represents over 12,000 individuals in over 50 countries who conduct and support exhibitions around the world. IAEE's mission is to globally promote the unique value of exhibitions and events and serve as the principal resource for those who plan, produce and service the industry.

For more information about IAEE, please click here.

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Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO)

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’s Mission is to meet the common needs of our members, by providing peer networking opportunities, education, industry information, streamlined business processes and best practices in the business events industry.

For more information about SISO, please click here.

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International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM)

IAVM's members are in the business of bringing people together to share transformative experiences. Representing public assembly venues from around the globe, IAVM’s 6,800+ active members include managers and senior executives from auditoriums, arenas, convention centers, exhibit halls, stadiums, performing arts centers, university complexes, amphitheaters and fairgrounds. IAVM’s mission is to educate, advocate for, and inspire public assembly venue professionals worldwide.

For more information about IAVM, please click here.

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Trade Show Labor Alliance

The Trade Show Labor Alliance is comprised of the five leading labor unions serving the business events industry:

  • International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE)
  • International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT)
  • International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT)
  • United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners (UBC)
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW)

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UFI, The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry

UFI is the leading global association of the world’s tradeshow organisers and exhibition centre operators, as well as the major national and international exhibition associations, and selected partners of the exhibition industry. UFI’s goal is to represent, promote and support the business interests of its members and the industry. UFI represents around 50,000 exhibition industry employees globally, and also works closely with its 69 national and regional associations members.

For more information about UFI, please click here.


Exhibitions Industry Collective


ECA is also a proud member of the Exhibitions Industry Collective (EIC), which is comprised of six leading industry organizations to drive awareness on key issues within the business events ecosystem. EIC members include ECA, the Exhibition Services & Contractors Association, Experiential Designers & Producers Association, International Association of Exhibitions & Events, International Association of Venue Managers, and Society of Independent Show Organizers.