ESPA is dedicated to elevating the event and convention service profession and to preparing members, through education and networking, for their pivotal role in innovative and successful event execution.
Financial & Insurance Conference Planners (FICP®) provides access to education, experience and resources targeting the needs of financial services and insurance meeting planners from across North America.
Representing food retailers and wholesalers, the Food Marketing Institute develops and promotes policies, programs and forums supporting its members, and their customers, in the areas of: Government Relations, Food Safety and Defense, Public and Consumer Information, Research and Education, and Industry Cooperation.
The Healthcare Convention & Exhibitors Association (HCEA) is a trade association representing organizations united by their common desire to increase the effectiveness and quality of healthcare conventions and exhibitions as an educational and marketing medium.
HFTP is the premier global professional association serving members in hospitality careers. Since 1952, HFTP's mission has been to provide members with superior networking opportunities, industry-leading events, comprehensive certification programs, unique educational opportunities, and other essential resources for professional growth.
The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) is committed to growing business for hotels and their partners, and is the industry's leading advocate for intelligent, sustainable hotel revenue growth.
Founded inn 1939, the Institute is a nonprofit scientific society with 27,000 members working in food science and related professions in industry, academia and government. It serves as the authoritative voice for food science and technology and contributes to public policy and opinion.
"Our Association is primarily focused on two areas: a) to make sure that our profession is recognized at the highest levels and b) also to raise the standard of our activity worldwide, by training our members and assuring they provide quality service. "
Founded in 1956 as the Festival Manager's Association, the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA) today is The Premiere Association Supporting and Enabling Festival & Event Professionals Worldwide.
"To celebrate, preserve, and nurture America’s culinary heritage and diversity in order to elevate the appreciation of our culinary excellence." Student memberships available "for students with a passion for food"
Meeting Professionals International, the premier global association community for meeting and event professionals, believes in the unequalled power of events and human connections to advance organizational objectives.
Mission Statement: Increase the number of African-Americans developing, managing, operating and owning hotels; increase vendor opportunities & executive level jobs for minorities, thereby creating wealth within the African-American community.
Mission: Educate in order to aid in the recruitment, retention, support, and advancement of minority students in the hospitality industry. Build and maintain relationships between hospitality professionals and minority students in ways that encourage lifelong commitment to the organization.
SISO members include companies, corporations and other for-profit entities that own, produce or provide full-service management of “face to face” trade shows, consumer shows, expositions, conferences and /or similar events as a substantial part of their business.
The Travel and Tourism Research Association (ttra) is a non-profit association whose major purpose is to increase the quality, value, effectiveness and use of research in travel marketing, planning and development.
"The Cornell Hospitality Reports available here represent our commitment to sharing the knowledge created by center fellows and other researchers. Because we want to distribute this knowledge as widely as possible, all reports are provided free of charge. All you need to do is register as a user of this site and you may download all relevant Reports. Feel free to browse our reports or use the Search function to identify reports by keyword, industry, or author."
The Food Industry Center at the University of Minnesota, will develop leaders for tomorrow's food industry. Through research, educational programs, and industry collaboration, it is a leading source of knowledge on how food reaches consumers effieciently and contributes to safe and healthy lives.
This site has useful information and insightful commentary on food, wine and travel. With over 2,400 pages of content, they have everything the cook needs, from recipes to menu planning. Their team of writers are global in reach and local in feel, covering news and feature stories on food, restaurants, wine and travel. Check out the ethnic recipes in the Recipes section.