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Guide to Friendly International Meeting Centres

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Guide to Friendly International Meeting Centres
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Background

The Union of International Associations has had long experience of the international meetings industry. In the 1950s it originated the conference series entitled International Congress on Congress Organization. This gave rise to a series of guidelines on the organization of international meetings. It also gave rise to a number of spin-off professional organizations, notably the International Association of Professional Congress Organizers. Most of the UIA Associated Members are active in the meetings industry.

Since that period the meeting industry has become big business, and is both highly commercialized and highly professional. Nevertheless meetings sponsored or organized by international associations (in the UIA Yearbooks) remain an important segment of the market.