Event Industry Acronyms

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The Events Industry Acronyms Guide


A/V   

Audio Visual

AACB   

Association of Australian Convention Bureaux: Brings together Australia's city and regional bureaux, marketing their region as business events destinations to domestic and international markets.

AACVB   

Asian Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus: Formed in 1983 to create regional cooperation in developing Asia’s convention potential and to promote the region as an ideal convention destination.

ACC   

Adelaide Convention Centre: A convention centre on North Terrace, Adelaide, Australia. It was the first purpose-built convention centre to be built in Australia.

AFMEA   

Associate-Fellow of Meetings & Events Australia

AHA   

Australian Hotels Association

AIME   

Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event, held annually in Melbourne Australia

AIMM   

Accredited In-House Meetings Manager

AMM   

Accredited Meetings Manager

ASE   

Australian Special Events: The first online publication dedicated to the event industry in Australia, launched in 2000.

ATEC   

Australian Tourism Export Council: The peak industry body representing Australia’s tourism export sector whose views are informed by the Australian tourism industry.

BCEC   

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre

BE   

Business Events

BEA   

Business Events Australia: An Australian Government organisation dedicated to promoting Australia internationally as a business events destination.

BECA   

Business Events Council of Australia: Provides an umbrella structure for the key industry associations operating in the Australian business events sector, formed in 1994.

BEO   

Banquet Event Order

BESydney   

Business Events Sydney

CCB   

Canberra Convention Bureau

CCC   

Cairns Convention Centre

CINZ   

Conferences & Incentives New Zealand: A fully incorporated non-profit society, which commenced its activities in 1984.

CSM   

Convention Services Manager

CVB   

Convention and Visitors Bureau

DCC   

Darwin Convention Centre

DMAI   

Destination Marketing Association International: The world’s largest resource for official DMOs, CVB and tourism boards. Provides educational enrichment, resources, industry advocacy, research, and networking opportunities.

DMC   

Destination Management Company: a service professional company with deep knowledge of and experience in the touristic resources of a region.

DMO   

Destination Marketing Organisation

DOS   

Director of Sales

EEAA   

Exhibition & Events Association of Australia: Not-for-profit, member-based organisation for those in the business of trade and consumer expos and events.

EIBTM   

European Incentive Business Travel & Meetings: the second largest incentive travel exhibition in the world.

ESG   

Events Specifications Guide: a document that outlines all the requirements and instructions for an event.

ETA   

Estimated time of arrival

ETD   

Estimated time for departure

F&B   

Food & Beverage: covers all meals, breaks, receptions, and other food functions being provided for an event.

FOC   

Free of Charge: without any payment due.

GCCEC   

Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre

GCT   

Gold Coast Tourism

GFX   

Graphics: coming from either PowerPoint (PPT), Keynote or from GFX machines.

HCTB   

Hong Kong Tourism Board

IACVB   

International Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaux: Renamed DMAI in 2005

IAEE   

International Association of Exhibitions and Events: Represents the interests of trade show and exposition managers in the global exhibition industry.

IAPCO    

International Association of Professional Congress Organisers: Aims to raise the standards of service amongst the meetings industry through education and interaction with other professionals.

ICC   

International Convention Centre Sydney: Australia's premier convention, exhibition and events precinct.

ICCA   

International Convention and Congress Association: The global community and knowledge hub for the international association meetings industry.

IEM   

In-Ear Micrphone

ILEA   

International Live Events Association: formerly known as ISES.

IMEX   

The Worldwide Exhibition for Incentive Travel & Meetings & Events

ITO   

Inbound Tour Operator

MC   

Master of Ceremonies: The person/personality who presides over or hosts the program.

MCEC   

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

MCVB   

Melbourne Convention & Visitors Bureau

MEA   

Meetings & Events Australia: A national, independent non-profit organisation servicing the needs of the meetings & events industry in all aspects of meetings and event management.

MICE   

Meetings, incentives, conferencing, exhibitions: MICE events are usually centered on a theme or topic and are aimed at a professional, academic or trade organisation or other special interest group.

MPI   

Meeting Professionals International: The largest meeting and event industry association worldwide, founded in 1972.

PAX   

Persons Amount X: The Amount of people attending the event that need to be catered for.

PCEC   

Perth Convention Exhibition Centre

PCMA   

Professional Convention Management Association: A non-profit professional organisation with members in 35 countries, for people involved in the operation of conventions. PCMA has 17 chapters throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.

PCO   

Professional Conference Organiser: A professional conference organiser, professional congress organiser (PCO) or conference company is a company which specialises in the organisation and management of congresses, conferences, seminars and similar events.

PCOA   

Professional Conference Organisers Association: The PCO Association is the leading body representing the interests of Professional Conference Organisers and Event Managers in Australia and New Zealand.

PD   

Professional Development

PPT   

PowerPoint

RFP   

Request for Proposal: An abbreviation for request for proposal. A document that stipulates what services the organisation wants from an outside contractor and requests a bid to perform such services

ROS   

Run of Show: Also called runsheet, cue sheet or show flow. A document that communicates to the A/V crew what they will be doing and when. It’s a minute-by-minute document with every cue written in.

SDR   

Sales Development Representative: A type of inside sales rep that focuses on outbound sales prospecting.

SHFA   

Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority

SITE   

Society of Incentive & Travel Executives: Represents over 90 countries and aims to strengthen and inspire the events industry, formed in 1973.

SOPA   

Sydney Olympic Park Authority: Responsible for managing and developing the 640 hectares that comprise Sydney Olympic Park.

TA   

Tourism Australia: The Australian Government agency responsible for attracting international visitors to Australia for leisure and business events.

TRA   

Tourism Research Australia: A branch within the Tourism Division of Austrade. Provides tourism intelligence across international and domestic markets.

TTF   

Tourism & Transport Forum: A not-for-profit organisation that provides a voice for the tourism and aviation sectors.

UFI   

Union of International Fairs: The global association of the exhibition industry.


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