by Jonathan Vatner | June 01, 2005

LogosPlenty of meetings industry associations fall under our radar, either because they are too small, too new or too low-key. Test your knowledge of associations by matching the acronyms in the left-hand column with the descriptions of the associations that appear at right. Answers can be found below.

A. A small group of organizations that collectively manage 25 of the 50 largest trade shows in North America
B. An association catering to planners and exhibitors in the health-care industry
C. An organization whose members advise meeting planners and others on proper protocol and etiquette
D. A 350-member group of meeting professionals and suppliers, based in Alexandria, Va.
E. A group of female meeting professionals that hosts three golf events each year
F. A new association that focuses on marketing special-event venues
G. An organization of European destinations that host conferences
H. An association, founded in 1997, for owners of independent planning firms

1. AMPs
2. IAPC
3. MATSO
4. SESMA
5. MILO
6. HCEA
7. AMMC
8. EFCT

Answers: 1-D (Association of Meeting Professionals; www.ampsweb.org); 2-C (International Association of Protocol Consultants; www.protocolconsultants.org); 3-A (Major American Trade Show Organizers; www.matso.org); 4-F (Special Event Sites Marketing Alliance; www.sesma.org); 5-E (Meeting Industry Ladies Organization; www.clubmilo.com); 6-B (Healthcare Convention and Exhibitors Association; www.hcea.org); 7-H (Alliance of Meeting Management Companies; www.ammc.org); 8-G (European Federation of Conference Towns; www.efct.com).