Industry Links

Event Management

American Event Management Institute

Launching its first global promotional campaign for event management profession since 1997, AEMI officially started to promote standards of excellence in global event management and to enhance the status and profile of event management as a profession at the beginning of new century. Since then AEMI has been the authoritative voice of global events and the custodian of event management standards, ethics and best practice for the new era.

Association for Events Management Education

AEME was established on April 21st 2004, in order to advance the education of the public in the subject of events and events management. Their main aid is to support and raise the profile of the events discipline through the sharing of education and best practice.

Food Service/Restaurant

American Culinary Federation

ACF is a professional, organization for chefs and cooks, was founded in 1929 in New York City by three chefs’ organizations: the Société Culinaire Philanthropique, the Vatel Club and the Chefs de Cuisine Association of America. From regional and national events to certification and publications, ACF provides resources that will keep you on the cutting edge and involved with the culinary industry.

International Foodservice Distribution Association

The IFDA is a trade association serving the foodservice distribution industry. Its members include manufacturers, distributors, and buying groups who service the foodservice industry. Their largest membership base is from North America but they represent the industry internationally as well.


International Hotel & Restaurant Association

The International Hotel & Restaurant Association (IHRA) is an international trade association representing the interests of the hotel and restaurant industries.

American Resort Development Association

ARDA is the Washington D.C. based trade association representing the vacation ownership and resort development industries (timeshares). It promotes the growth and development of the timeshare industry through a variety of capacities.

Resort Hotel Association

RHA is a not-for-profit insurance association. They specialize in insurance programs that address the risks unique to independent resorts, hotels, city clubs and spas.

American Hotel & Lodging Association

Serving the hospitality industry for nearly a century, AH&LA is the sole national association representing all sectors and stakeholders in the lodging industry, including individual hotel property members, hotel companies, student and faculty members, and industry suppliers.

Canada Restaurant & Foodservice Association

CRFA is one of Canada’s largest business associations, with 31,000 members representing independent and chain restaurants, hotels, social and contract caterers, bars, nightclubs, and institutional foodservice.

Caribbean Hotel Association

The members of CHA represent the entire spectrum of the hospitality industry’s private sector. Some 849 member hotels in 36 national hotel associations represent approximately 125,476 rooms in the Caribbean, from the small guest houses to the mega-resorts.

Asian American Hotel Owners Association

TAAHOA’s mission is to provide an active forum in which Asian American hotel owners, through an exchange of ideas with a unified voice. Representing more than 8,300 members, AAHOA is one of the leading forces in the hospitality industry.

Hotel Sales and Marketing International

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. The association provides hotel professionals & their partners with tools, insights, and expertise to fuel sales, inspire marketing, and optimize revenue

National Association of Black Hotel Owners Operators and Developers

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

US Green Building Council

LEED was developed to address all buildings everywhere, regardless of where they are in their life cycle. From hospitals to data centers, from historical buildings to those still in the design phase, there is a LEED for every building. Select a project type below to learn more

Spa Management

Global Spa Summit

At the beginning of the 2000′s, a group of industry leaders decided to create and fund a conference modeled in part after the successful format of the not-for-profit World Economic Forum held each year in Davos, Switzerland, where leaders from all parts of the world gather to solve shared problems. Thus the Global Spa Summit was founded. The Global Spa Summit is held annually, beginning on the third Sunday in May.

Association of Pool & Spa Professionals

The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) is the world’s largest international trade association and leading industry advocate representing the swimming pool, spa, and hot tub industry, with a mission to enhance the business success of its members. APSP members adhere to a code of business ethics and share a commitment to public health and safety. Our member companies include manufacturers, manufacturers’ agents, distributors, designers, builders, installers, retailers, and service professionals.

International Spa Association

Since 1991, the International SPA Association has been recognized worldwide as the professional organization and voice of the spa industry, representing health and wellness facilities and providers in more than 70 countries. Members encompass the entire arena of the spa experience, from resort/hotel, destination, mineral springs, medical, cruise ship, club and day spas to service providers such as physicians, wellness instructors, nutritionists, massage therapists and product suppliers.


Association for Tourism and Leisure Education

The Association for Tourism and Leisure Education (ATLAS) was established in 1991 to develop transnational educational initiatives in tourism and leisure. ATLAS provides a forum to promote staff and student exchange, transnational research and to facilitate curriculum and professional development. ATLAS currently has members in about 60 countries.

Caribbean Tourism Organization

The Caribbean Tourism Organization’s main objective is the development of sustainable tourism for the economic and social benefit of Caribbean people. The CTO provides to and through its public and private sector members, the services and information to accomplish this goal.

Tourism Concern

Tourism Concern fights exploitation in tourism. Tourism Concern is an independent, non-industry based, UK charity, with members and supporters from around the world. The organization works with partners in over 20 destination countries to ensure that tourism always benefits local people.

Travel and Tourism Research Association

Founded in 1970, the Travel and Tourism Research Association is a non-profit association whose purpose is to enhance the quality, value, effectiveness and use of research in travel marketing, planning and development.

World Travel & Tourism Council

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) was formed in 1991 by a group of Travel & Tourism CEOs who felt that the sector’s contribution to economies and job creation was not being recognised. Its objectives were to use empirical evidence to promote awareness of Travel & Tourism’s economic contribution; to expand markets in harmony with the environment; and to reduce barriers to growth. WTTC is the only global body that brings together all major players in the Travel & Tourism sector (airlines, hotels, cruise, car rental, travel agencies, tour operators, GDS, and technology), enabling them to speak with One Voice to governments and international bodies. It is important that WTTC has the broadest geographical representation and includes all aspects of the sector, including organisations that provide vital services to Travel & Tourism


US Travel Insurance Association

Founded in 2004, the US Travel Insurance Association is a United States, registered non-profit association of companies involved in the development, sales, marketing or implementation of travel insurance and related products and services; plus U.S. travel insurance carriers, third-party administrators and allied businesses that develop, administer and/or market travel insurance and assistance products and services.

National Association of Career Travel Agents

AEME was established on April 21st 2004, in order to advance the education of the public in the subject of events and events management. Their main aid is to support and raise the profile of the events discipline through the sharing of education and best practice.

International Air Transport Association

IATA’s mission is to represent, lead, and serve the airline industry. IATA represents some 230 airlines comprising 93% of scheduled international air traffic. The Director General and Chief Executive Officer is Tony Tyler. Currently, IATA is present in over 150 countries covered through 101 offices around the globe.

Discover America serves as the Official Travel and Tourism Website of the United States. The website is operated by Discover America LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of U.S. Travel, which represents over 1,500 travel related organizations. U.S. Travel’s mission is to promote and facilitate increased travel to and within the United States.

American Society of Travel Agents Connecticut Chapter

An international travel trade association representing travel agents and related industry members dealing with inbound and outbound travel, whose goals include representing the views and interests of travel agents to all levels of government and industry, serving the traveling needs of the public.

Connecticut Bus Association

Association of Connecticut interstate motor coach carriers which promotes travel and tourism within and to the State of Connecticut. It meets on a regular basis to discuss changes and political issues which affect the industry.

Wine/Beverage Management

Society of Wine Educators

The Society’s goal is to foster and promote the professional education and development of the individual in particular, and the professional education and development of the wine industry as a whole.

Institute of Masters of Wine

The Institute’s vision is one of knowledge and integrity. Through our members – the international community of 299 Masters of Wine – and our activities, we promote excellence, interaction and learning across all sectors of the global wine community.

American Wine Society

The American Wine Society is the oldest and largest consumer based wine education organization in North America. Membership is open to the general public and has been established for those who have a keen interest in wines and the wine culture.

Wine Industry Sales Education

WISE provides education, training and certification for wine industry professionals who deal directly with consumers. The company was created in 2008 to address a core challenge in the wine industry: an urgent need for more, well educated, direct marketing proficient staff, managers and leaders in all aspects related to consumer direct sales programs.

West Indies Rum and Spirits Producers Association

WIRSPA was founded in the late 1960s and is an association of national associations of rum producers in the ACP Caribbean. Based in Barbados, WIRSPA was originally set up to promote and protect the interests of members concerned with the distillation, export and marketing of rum but more recently has taken on a role to develop the Caribbean Rum category in international drinks markets.

Hospitality Finance/Law

Hospitality Financial & Technology Professionals

HFTP is a global nonprofit hospitality association that uniquely understands the industry’s problems. We assist our members in finding solutions to industry problems more efficiently than any organization via our expert networks, research, conferences such as HITEC, and certification programs. HFTP has approximately 5,000 members and several thousand stakeholders across the globe. HFTP is recognized as the spokes group for the finance and technology segment of the hospitality industry.

Certified Commercial Investment Managers

CCIM Institute is commercial real estate’s most influential professional organization, with members closing $200 billion annually in commercial real estate deals. For more than 40 years, the Institute has been building opportunities through its respected education program, led by established practitioners. CCIM Institute members are eligible to earn the CCIM designation, the industry’s most prestigious certification.

Hotel Asset Managers Association (HAMA)

HAMA is an association of professional individuals who are dedicated to the enhancement of hotel and hospitality asset values. Our business is to provide intense semi-annual forums and industry communications to fulfill the purpose of the organization. HAMA promotes ethical standards of conduct and mutual respect among members and the hospitality industry

National Council of Real Estate Investment Fiduciaries

Established over 35 years ago, NCREIF serves the institutional real estate investment community as its Data Central, representing the largest, most robust and diverse database of country-specific real estate assets in the world.  NCREIF produced the first property level return index, the NCREIF Property Index (NPI), dating back to 1978 to capture investment performance records that meet the rigorous scrutiny and review of major investors and academia

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