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The Events Industry Council’s origin emanates from the informal meetings of four organisations concerned with issues about “group business.” On 3 February 1949, the organisations met to formally organise as the Convention Liaison Committee (CLC), recognising the tripartite relationship among the convention official, the hotel executive and the convention bureau representative. The first project of the newly formed organisation was a booklet entitled “Group Business Unlimited,” and was developed by the committee as a means of spreading among the hotel industry a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges group business offers hotels. In 1974, the group renames itself Convention Liaison Council but does not formally incorporate until 1981. In 1999, the council changes its name to Convention Industry Council to better represent its role as an umbrella organisation for meeting and event industry associations. In 2017, the Convention Industry Council re-branded as Events Industry Council to be inclusive all member segments and more global representation.
The Convention Industry Council Manual, 7th Edition: The comprehensive guide to the meeti, convention & exhibition industry and study guide for the CMP (Certified Meeting Professional) exam.