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Our industry is packed full of abbreviations, acronyms, associations and organisations. Hopefully this page will help you navigate the market without getting too much of a headache:

None of the listings on this page is sponsored, nor does its presence here necessarily imply any endorsement by or of Sundial Group. We aim for this to be as complete a reference resource as possible, so please do contact us if you think we have missed something crucial from the list


‘A not-for-profit, facilities-based organisation whose mission is to assist members in providing the most productive meeting facilities around the world. These facilities represent the highest-quality venues available to meeting professionals on a global basis. Membership is in excess of 300 conference centres across worldwide chapters.’ 

All Sundial Group venues are members of IACC. Tim Chudley, Managing Director, is chair of the UK Chapter and is a past Global President.

CCE – Conference Centres of Excellence

‘A group of individual centres, both residential and non residential, who have joined together to promote the concept that dedicated venues provide an ideal environment for business meetings, conferences, team building and any other event which requires a focused and non-distractive environment’ 

HBAA – Hotel Booking Agents’ Association

‘The HBAA represents a collective industry voice for both agents and hotels and venues for the best practice in the procurement and booking of accommodation, conferences, events and training sessions’ 

Sundial Group’s venues are charter partners of the HBAA

CMP – Complete Meeting Package

The name for a 24-hour delegate package offered by conference centres. Will include all meals, accommodation and room hire, as well as access to most leisure facilities 

DMP – Day Meeting Package

 An inclusive non-residential meeting package, similar to the CMP above, but typically only covering the hours of 9am – 5pm.

DDR – Day Delegate Rate

DMC – Destination Management Company

MICE – Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Events

ICCA – International Congress and Convention Association

‘ICCA represents the main specialists in handling, transporting and accommodating international events and comprises approximately 850 member companies and organisations in over 80 countries worldwide.’ 

MIA – Meetings Industry Association


EIBTM – European Incentive, Business Travel and Meetings Exhibition

‘EIBTM is the leading exhibition for the conference, incentives, events, business travel and meetings industry’ 

GIBTM – Gulf Incentive, Business Travel and Meetings Exhibition


CIBTM – China Incentive, Business Travel and Meetings Exhibition



‘IMEX is the essential worldwide exhibition for meetings and incentive travel’ 

BVEO – Business Visits and Events Partnership

SITE – Society of Incentive and Travel Executives

AIPC – International Association of Congress Centres

ABPCO – Association of British Professional Conference Organisers

ACE – Association for Conference and Events

ACTE – Association of Corporate Travel Executives

EIA – Events Industry Alliance

‘A business created by the following three events industry bodies to promote the live events industry’

AEO – Association of Event Organisers

‘AEO is the trade body representing companies which conceive, create, develop, manage, market, sponsor, supply or service trade exhibitions and consumer events’ 

AEV – Association of Event Venues

‘AEV is an organisation serving an established event venue community, focused on creating and driving platforms that service fundamental industry needs’ 

ESSA – Event Supplier and Services Association

Formed from a merger of the AEC (Association of Exhibition Contractors) and the British Contractors’ Association (BECA) 

SLA – Service Level Agreement

BACD – British Association of Conference Destinations

‘The BACD exists to help British destinations generate conference business through a range of marketing activities, information sharing, collaboration and education’ 

M&IT – Meetings and Incentive Travel Magazine


MIMN – Meetings Industry Meeting Needs

‘MIMN is a registered charity founded by leading figures in the UK conference and events industry. The objective of MIMN is to raise funds for worthy causes relevant to the events industry which may not have the resources to raise sufficient funds without additional contributions’ 
Sundial Group is a headline sponsor of MIMN and Tim Chudley, Managing Director, is its External Fundraising Liaison Officer.

C&IT – Conference and Incentive Travel Magazine


CN – Conference News Magazine


(Where descriptions appear in quotation marks, they have been replicated directly from the website linked immediately below. If you represent any of the organisations listed above and would like us to amend a description, please contact the webmaster)