IACC Sets Strict Standards for Conference Centers Just because a property calls itself a conference center doesn't mean it qualifies to become a member of the International Association of Conference Centers. Each of IACC's 400-odd member properties meets strict criteria in areas that range from meeting room design to food and beverage. Among the requirements:

* CMP (complete meeting package) pricing that includes meeting space, guest rooms, three meals daily, continuous refreshment service, conference services, and basic audiovisual such as overhead projectors, flip charts, slide projectors, microphones, and VCRs

* Ergonomically designed upholstered chairs for at least 60 percent of the dedicated meeting space and tables with non-reflective, hard writing surfaces

* Climate-controlled conference rooms that are sound rated at least 62 STC (sound transmission coefficient)

* Specific meeting room elements such as adjustable lighting, wall surfaces suitable for tacking flip charts, and unobstructed interior views

* A designated conference planner for each group who is knowledgeable about special event planning, audiovisual equipment, and effective meeting room setups

* Separate dining and conference facilities, with at least one dining room reserved exclusively for meeting groups

* Guest rooms with good work desks, task lighting, and comfortable seating.