Trade Acronyms

Business events terminology can be confusing and we've all come across terms that don’t make much sense. We've made a list of some common technical words and explained them here as simply and accurately as we can. Any we’ve missed?

CCB – City Convention Bureau: an organisation responsible for sales, marketing and organising a city as a destination for conferences, meetings, incentive travel. Most CCBs operate an academic ambassador programme and will prepare bids for major conferences in partnership with venues and hotels.

CMP – Complete Meeting Package: the name for a 24-hour delegate package offered by conference centres. Will include all meals, accommodation, room hire and A/V, as well as access to most leisure facilities.

DMP – Day Meeting Package: An inclusive, non-residential meeting package, typically covering the hours of 9am – 5pm.

DDR – Day Delegate Rate – as above.

DMC – Destination Management Company: a professional services company with local knowledge, expertise and resources, specializing in the design and implementation of social programmes, dinners, events, activities, tours and transport.

DMO – Destination Management (or Marketing) Organisation: A DMO promotes a town, city or region to increase the number of visitors and improve the visitor experience e.g. Glasgow City Marketing Bureau.

MICE – Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Events

RFP – Request for Proposal: an open invitation by an association for destinations to submit a proposal to host a major conference or congress.

PCO - Professional Conference Organiser: a company which specialises in the organisation and management of conferences, seminars and events.

SLA – Service Level Agreement

Acronyms: Exhibitions and Trade Shows

IBTM – Incentive, Business Travel and Meetings Exhibition

IMEX - Worldwide exhibition for meetings and incentive travel

Acronyms: Trade publications

M&IT – Meetings and Incentive Travel Magazine
C&IT – Conference and Incentive Travel Magazine
CN – Conference News Magazine

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