Three major MICE associations form global alliance

Three international MICE associations – AIPC (The International Association of Convention Centres), ICCA (The International Congress and Convention Association) and UFI (The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry) – have launched an alliance. They will collaborate closely in the future and generate more efficiently aligned benefits for their respective members.

The alliance has arrived at a consensus to begin a programme of knowledge and expertise sharing and reciprocity in four areas: educational content, research, standards and advocacy.

The associations will engage in a series of educational exchanges incorporating each other’s knowledge content into their respective conferences and align initiatives taken to areas of common practice such as research and advocacy activities with immediate effect. The associations’ leaders will regularly exchange and align interests on issues like standards, terminology and best practices. The alliance will spin off benefits such as greater consistency within an industry framework and subsequently improve the credibility.

Aloysius Arlando, president of AIPC, said: “We are all organisations with a global membership and perspective and already complement each other’s activities in various ways. However, as the business models of exhibitions, congresses, conferences and other types of business meetings evolve, the overlap of global associations servicing the industry is growing even further.”

Craig Newman, president of UFI, said: “This carries the risk of competition replacing collaboration as the driving force for industry associations. With our global alliance, the three of us choose value for our members and choose collaboration over competition.”