There are no more than a few thousand professional 'conference interpreters' in the whole world. They represent the elite among a multitude of interpreters who apply their skills in many different areas...
Interpreting services are multifaceted. In some cities, such as Brussels, Geneva, New York or Paris there are many international conferences and meetings, and a correspondingly large number of interpreters.
Professional interpreters are trained to convey ideas, and not words alone. They have to relay the message received in one language into another, remaining true to the original intent, tone, register and meaning
AIIC is the only global association of conference interpreters. Since its creation in 1953, AIIC has promoted high standards of quality and ethics in the profession and represented the interests of its members