If you're new to conventions and hospitality, both industry's love of acronyms will likely make your head spin. When every other word is often a word that represents several words, well, things can get bewildering fast.
Here's a rundown of ten of the most common (and yes, confusing) industry terms and what they really mean.
AQ - Any Quantity.
BEO - Banquet Event Order.
CVB - Convention & Visitors Bureau.
EAC - Exhibitor-Appointed Carrier.
F&B - Food & Beverage.
GSF - Gross Square Footage.
NOS - Not Otherwise Specified.
RFP - Request for Proposal.
SMERF - Not a reference to little blue cartoon creatures, this term actually references a sub-group of the conventions market that includes social, military, education, religious and fraternal groups or associations.
TLO - Total Loss Only.