HCEA Celebrates 80th Anniversary

The Atlanta-based Healthcare Convention & Exhibitors Association (HCEA) is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, it announced this week.

The association, which was founded in June 1930 as the Medical Exhibitors Association, promotes leadership, advocacy and professionalism in health care convention marketing. It counts among its greatest achievements the publication of the HCEA Directory of Healthcare Meetings and Conventions, the longest-published and most comprehensive source of medical convention information in the world; the "Guidelines for U.S. Healthcare Conventions," developed to aid health care associations in the planning of exhibits and conventions; and its signature "State of the Industry" research report.

"Throughout its 80-year history, HCEA has helped pilot the health care convention marketing and exhibitions industry through innumerable changes," HCEA Executive Vice President Eric Allen said in a statement. "And HCEA continues to lead today and will in the future. HCEA's high-level educational events, up-to-date information resources, cutting-edge market research, proactive advocacy initiatives, professional networking events and more all are designed to help ensure that this industry remains vital and valuable for many years to come."

In honor of its 80th anniversary, HCEA plans to host several observances and other commemorative activities throughout the year, including at the 2010 HCEA Annual Meeting, taking place June 26-29 in New Orleans.