Professional Associations & Organizations

Below is a list of professional organizations that may give you more insight on the hospitality industry.  The websites might also give you information on possible scholarships or internships that these organizations offer in their fields.  Some organizations offer student memberships at reasonable rates which could be very beneficial as you build your network and career in the hospitality industry.

FOOD & BEVERAGE MANAGEMENT
The National Restaurant Association
School Nutrition Association
Institute of Food Science & Technology
Institute of Food Technologists
Natl. Association of College and University Foodservices
Society for Food Service Management
American Culinary Federation
National Association for Catering and Events 

LODGING MANAGER
American Hotel and Lodging Association
Hotel & Catering International Management Association
Club Managers Association of America

TOURISM/TRAVEL MANAGEMENT
World Tourism Organization
World Travel and Tourism Council
International Association for Amusement Parks and Attractions
Cruise Lines International Association 
Society of Incentive and Travel Executives 

EVENT, CONVENTION AND MEETING PLANNING
International Association of Conference Centers
Professional Convention Management Association
International Association of Fairs and Expositions
Wedding and Special Events Association
International Special Events Society
Meeting Professionals International
National Association for Catering and Events
Event Service Professionals Association
Society of Incentive and Travel Executives

OTHER HOSPITALITY ORGANIZATIONS
Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education
Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals
Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International
International Society of Hospitality Consultants