Convention Industry Council

The Convention Industry Council (CIC) is a non-profit federation of leading U.S. and international organizations involved in the meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry. CIC’s member organizations represent more than 103,500 individuals and 17,300 firms or properties across all sectors of the industry.



Formed by organizations seeking to enhance the meetings, conventions, and exhibitions industry, CIC facilitates the exchange of information, develops programs to promote professionalism within the industry, and educates the public on its profound econofor leadership to productively and cohesively move it forward.


The Convention Liaison Council was founded in New York in 1949 by four organizations – American Society of Association Executives (ASAE); American Hotel and Motel Association (AH&MA); Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI); and International Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus (IACVB). In 2000, the organization changed its name to the Convention Industry Council. In the 58 years since its inception, CIC has grown to include 32 member organizations. CIC is currently headquartered in Washington, DC.

Notable Programs

The Convention Industry Council's most notable programs include:

  • The Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) program recognizes individuals who have achieved the industry's highest standard of professionalism. Established in 1985, the CMP program was developed to increase the proficiency of meeting professionals in all segments of the industry. The requirements for certification are based on professional experience and an academic examination.
  • The Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX), an initiative spearheaded by CIC, is uniting the entire meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry in the development and implementation of voluntary standards. Over 5,600 industry professionals have been involved in the development of APEX. Its mission is to bring together all stakeholders in developing and implementing accepted practices to create and enhance efficiencies throughout the industry.
  • Since 1985, CIC has honored the industry’s outstanding leaders and innovators through its Hall of Leaders initiative. CIC member organizations and the industry community submit nominations to a blue-ribbon committee appointed by CIC, which then selects the award recipients. A video tribute to each inductee is placed permanently on display at the Hall of Leaders Recognition Pavilion housed within the Washington Convention Center. Additionally, a bronze plaque bearing the recipient’s name is displayed at McCormick Place in Chicago. A gala ceremony marks the induction.

Member Organizations

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