North America

Exhibitions & Conferences Alliance welcomes ICCA as its newest alliance partner

The Exhibitions & Conferences Alliance (ECA), the unified advocacy voice of the US business events industry, has announced that the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) has joined ECA as its newest alliance partner.

“Whether its supporting smart decarbonisation and sustainability measures or advancing policies that help advance seamless international travel and commerce, our advocacy efforts are stronger when industry leaders from around the world speak to policymakers with one voice,” said Hervé Sedky, Emerald Holding Inc. president and CEO and chair of the ECA board of directors. “That’s why I’m thrilled to welcome ICCA and its global community of international association meetings leaders to ECA, which will strengthen ECA’s ability to tell the story of how our industry drives economic growth and societal change to the policymakers that matter.”

Established in 2021, ECA works to ensure that policymakers in Washington, DC and beyond understand and support the important impact that the business events industry has on driving economic growth, supporting job creation, empowering small businesses, and helping to solve our most urgent societal challenges.

ECA will provide ICCA with an opportunity to advocate for its members in North America, and to join a group of like-minded organisations working toward the advancement of the industry’s collective business and sustainability objectives.

“ICCA is thrilled to partner with ECA and move forward together toward the shared objectives of advocating for our industry in North America,” said Senthil Gopinath, ICCA’s CEO. “This partnership promises to provide mutual support and resources to advance the goals of serving our respective members, promoting sustainability, and building a legacy that reflects our mission, vision, and values.”

ICCA joins ECA’s coalition of alliance partners who represent the interconnected ecosystem of exhibitors, event and meeting organisers, suppliers, venues, and event professionals:

  • Experiential Designers & Producers Association (EDPA)
  • Exhibition Services & Contractors Association (ESCA)
  • International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE)
  • International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM)
  • International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA)
  • Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA)
  • Society of Independent Show Organisers (SISO)
  • Trade Show Labor Alliance
  • UFI, The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry

ICCA will be represented on the ECA board of directors by Senthil Gopinath. 


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