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Hospitality, Tourism, & Recreation

The Top Meeting & Events Trade Associations

Trade associations, or industry associations, are organizations that are created by businesses that operate in a particular industry or industry sector. These groups typically lobby for regulations that benefit the industry, host trade shows and conferences, and perform activities that are designed to help businesses in an industry. Several of these groups maintain production directories, create research reports, and offer additional educational opportunities for business owners. Some of this content usually requires a membership, but they also generally have some content for free on their websites.

These are the top Meetings & Events Trade Associations:

*All of the link descriptions in this box were written by, or adapted from, the Cornell University Library (Current as of June 21, 2019).

Finding Additional Trade Associations and Association Reports with Google Advanced

Step 1: Using a Google Advanced Search, try to put keywords about your industry and the words "industry" and "association" in the "all these words:" search bar, put .org in the "site or domain:" search bar, and press the blue "advanced search" button on the bottom right hand side of the page.

Google Advanced Search

Step 2: Search through the results to find the right association, and explore their website for more information about your industry.

Google Advanced Search

Pro tip: You can also use the same search strategy above and add PDF to the search using the "file type:" drop down options. If your trade association has created a packaged industry report, this will appear in the results. (See the example below)

Google Advanced Search

Google Advanced Search