READ ON FOR 35 UNMISSABLE TRAVEL CONFERENCES AND EVENTS
We are fortunate to have a huge variety of conferences and events on offer in the travel industry to stay up to speed with the latest developments and hear from industry leaders on how best to deal with the constant changes that affect us.
Whether you are a small business owner, journalist, in-house travel marketing team, blogger, industry professional or anyone else in travel, these events give you the opportunity to learn, network and improve on all fronts whatever your position.
We’ve pulled together a list of the very best travel and tourism conferences and travel trade shows in 2023 to help you plan your year ahead and hopefully get the opportunity to attend a few of them – let us know if we’ve missed any!
WHERE: Helsinki – Finland
WHEN: 20th – 22nd January 2023
The MATKA Nordic Travel Fair is the largest travel industry event in Northern Europe and is a fantastic opportunity to attend talks and presentations from travel providers as well as browse a huge range of travel services and packages. Since Greece is one of the favourite travel destinations for Finnish people, the event always has the country and its national tourist organisation as a partner.
WHERE: London – United Kingdom
WHEN: 16th – 17th January 2022
The Adventure Travel Show is the UK’s only travel trade event dedicated to travel experiences off the beaten track. This year the event celebrates its 25th anniversary, and is a very popular UK event for exhibitors as well as travel enthusiasts and celebrities.
WHERE: Madrid – Spain
WHEN: 18th – 22nd January 2023
Fitur was one of the first tourism conferences in the world and remains an excellent meeting point for people in the travel industry with over 200,000 attendees from 165 countries. You also get the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful city of Madrid during the conference, which is a real bonus.
WHERE: Ljubljana – Slovenia
WHEN: 15th – 18th February 2023
The Alpe-Adria is an international conference for green and active tourism and camping and caravanning, held in the beautiful countryside of Slovenia. This event is a great opportunity for networking with those from the Alps-Adriatic region and has a focus on sustainability and green tourism that many businesses will benefit from learning more about.
WHERE: Melbourne – Australia
WHEN: 13th – 15th February 2023
The Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) allows for those involved in organising business travel, meetings, incentives and events to meet. It’s the leading trade event for the meetings and event industry and is ideal for any business or individual who works in the business travel industry.
WHERE: Denver, Colorado – USA
WHEN: 25th – 26th February 2023
The Travel & Adventure Show in Denver connects travel enthusiasts with different exhibiting companies, along with providing plenty of opportunities to meet travel celebrities. The event is known as ‘America’s Favourite Travel Show’ and is a wonderful experience that offers plenty of travel inspiration, as well as a business networking opportunity.
WHERE: Berlin – Germany
WHEN: 7th – 9th March 20223
At ITB Berlin, products and services from over 180 countries are showcased at one of the world’s leading travel trade shows. The event has recently shifted to taking a B2B position, but there is now also an IBT Convention taking place that offers more panels and discussions than this traditional exhibition and networking event.
WHERE: New York City, New York – USA
WHEN: 3rd – 5th March 2023
The purpose of this event is to empower, inspire and celebrate solo travel for women. It’s an incredibly popular event in the industry that offers women in the travel industry a unique chance to network with other professionals just like them and is usually an event that sells out completely, so make sure you get your tickets quickly.
Where: Cape Town – South Africa
When: 31st March – 2nd April 2023
International Luxury Travel Market Africa is where luxury travel buyers and professionals can find out about Africa’s leading luxury experiences. It’s an invitation-only event where top travel agents can network and find and build business connections and is well worth getting yourself invited to if you can.
WHERE: Dallas, Texas – USA
WHEN: 1st – 2nd April 2023
The Dallas Travel and Adventure show connects travel enthusiasts with different exhibiting companies, along with providing plenty of opportunities to meet travel celebrities. The event is known as ‘America’s Favourite Travel Show’ and is a wonderful experience as well as a business networking opportunity.
WHERE: Cape Town – South Africa
WHEN: 3rd – 5th April 2023
WTM Africa is the leading and only B2B exhibition in the country, aimed at both inbound and outbound travel and tourism markets. The conference presents a diverse range of destinations and industry sectors to South African, African and International travel professionals, and next year is being held in Cape Town.
WHERE: São Paulo – Brazil
WHEN: 3rd – 5th April 2023
The World Travel Market – Latin America is a B2B event in Sao Paulo that showcases Latin America to the world. Over three days, Latin America is sold to visitors as a top travel destination, with speakers, brands and travel businesses all there to provide more information on this colourful part of the world.
WHERE: São Paulo – Brazil
WHEN: 9th – 12th May 2023
Showcasing the best trends and experiences of Brazilian and Latin-American markets, ILTM Latin America is for the finest travel brands, advisors and media. The event is specifically for luxury travel brands and professionals and is a great place to network.
WHERE: Dubai – United Arab Emirates
WHEN: 1st – 4th May 2023
If you’re interested in doing business with the Middle East, then you can find out what’s new in the Arabian Travel Market at this conference. It’s the leading event for businesses looking for travel opportunities within the Middle East for inbound and outbound tourism.
WHERE: Kansas City, Missouri – USA
WHEN: 19th – 21st May 2023
True to its name, the Women in Travel Summit is an event by women, gender-diverse and marginalised individuals in the travel industry. This conference is aimed at both creators and influencers in the travel industry and entrepreneurs or professionals who work for travel businesses and want to network as well as hear from leading industry professionals.
WHERE: Doha – Qatar
WHEN: 5th – 7th June 2023
The Institute of Travel and Tourism Conference is held annually by the ITT and is a key blue riband event in the travel industry. The dates for the 2023 conference have now been released for June and the location confirmed as Qatar, with more information about the lineup and schedule to come soon.
WHERE: London – United Kingdom
WHEN: 28t – 29th June 2023
The Travel Tech Show, previously Travel Technology Europe, is the perfect place to see new products and innovations and to create new business relationships. It brings together global technology customers to help them find new innovative B2B travel and technology services and solutions for their businesses and is a great event for any company looking for innovation and improving customer experience.
WHERE: Amsterdam – The Netherlands
WHEN: 12th – 14th June 2023
Head to Amsterdam next summer for the Phocuswright Europe conference to listen to travel leaders and influencers, and learn about where new innovations will be taking the future of travel. Influence travel specialists mingle with brand leaders and creators at this event, hosting talks, discussions, debates and workshops.
WHERE: Sudbury, Ontario – Canada
WHEN: June 14th- 18th 2023
The Travel Media Association of Canada Conference and Annual General Meeting has been announced in Sudbury, Ontario in 2023 and is an event where Canadian travel experts and professionals gather to discuss the state of the industry and make progress as well as new business connections.
Where: Kolkata – India
When: 145h – 16th July 2023
TTF is India’s biggest travel trade show network, held annually since 1989, and provides one of the best networking opportunities in the travel industry and allows organisations from India and beyond to exhibit their products and services. The first day and a half are fully dedicated to B2B networking and then the remainder of the event is opened up for B2C exhibitors, customers and trade visitors.
WHERE: Dallas, Texas – USA
WHEN: 13th – 15th August 2023
The Global Business Travel Association Conference allows corporate travel professionals to discover over 400 brands in the industry and listen to discussions and debates about current challenges faced by those working in business travel. Registration for their 2023 event opens at the start of the year.
WHERE: Chania, Creta Island – Greece
WHEN: 20th.- 31st August 2023
The International Association of Cultural and Digital Tourism (IACuDiT) hosts an annual conference in which constructive, critical and interdisciplinary conversations could be held about the challenges emerging in tourism from the digital transformation of the travel industry. This year the conference is celebrating its 10th anniversary with the theme “Recent Advancements in Tourism Business, Technology and Social Sciences” and promises to be a very exciting event held on the stunning island of Creta in Greece.
WHERE: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina – USA
WHEN: 12th – 13th September 2023
Digital Travel is a leading interactive conference for travel executives that are looking to reimagine the customer journey. The top minds from hotels, OTAs, airlines, transportation companies, and everything in-between, all gather at this conference to share practical insight on how to enhance personalization in marketing and improve their online strategies for better cross-channel customer experiences.
Where: Lisbon – Portugal
When: 12th – 15th September 2023
The World Youth and Student Travel Conference (WYSTC) is the leading trade event for the global youth, student and educational travel industry and has been running since 1992. This year the conference will take place in Lisbon and offers opportunities for trade and networking, along with hosting seminars and workshops for industry professionals.
WHERE: New Providence – The Bahamas
WHEN: 18th – 21st September 2023
International Luxury Travel Market Americas is where travel agents and advisors can find out about the best luxury experiences in the Americas region. Held on the island of New Providence in the luxury Baha Mar resort in Nassau, this conference is planned to take place in the middle of September and promises a fabulous networking and learning event for travel brands, press and advisors.
Where: Long Beach, California – USA
When: 19th – 21st September 2023
At Future Travel Experience Global, representatives from airlines, airports and all other stakeholder groups gather to discuss the future of travel and how the passenger experience can be developed. It’s a collection of some of the most forward-thinking minds in air travel, and this global event is themed around future-proofing air travel this year.
WHERE: London – UK
WHEN: 20th September 2023
The Travel Technology Initiative’s 2023 Autumn Conference has yet to have its topic confirmed but is always a valuable event for members of the travel industry that want to learn about the latest developments in travel and technology. It’s an event not to miss if you’re looking for insight into the latest tech trends or want to innovate the experience you offer to your customers.
Where: New York City – USA
When: 26th – 28th September 2023
SKIFT Global Forum is the flagship global conference on the business of travel, where industry leaders, speakers and executives come together to meet and share their ideas. This year the conference will focus on the theme of “Human Connectivity in the Age of AI” and look at how global technology innovation and trends are shaping the future of travel.
Where: Marina Bay Sands – Singapore
When: 2nd – 4th October 2023
The Web in Travel annual conference helps industry professionals keep up with the rapidly changing world of hospitality and technology. The event is currently planned to take place at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Singapore in October, with the theme and lineup information released in the next few months.
WHERE: San Juan – Puerto Rico
WHEN: 4th – 7th October 2023
The International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association Global Convention is a networking event for LGBT tourism professionals. It’s the biggest LGBT+ travel industry of the year and consists of plenty of workshops as well as opportunities to meet other, similar professionals in the industry. This is is the 40th anniversary of the event, hosted in the vibrant city os San Juan.
WHERE: Rimini – Italy
WHEN: 11th – 13th October 2023
TTG Travel Experience is the main B2B tourism marketplace in Italy, with over 130 countries represented. This conference is the main gateway to the Italian travel market and attracts brands and businesses from all over the world, and is scheduled to take place this year in Rimini in October.
WHERE: Reykjavik – Iceland
WHEN: 17th – 19th October 2023
Vestnorden Travel Mart is the leading travel trade show for business offering travel services and experiences in Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. The event not only offers networking and exhibition opportunities, but gives attendees the chance to explore the beautiful city of Reykjavik in Iceland this year before the event begins.
WHERE: Marina Bay Sands – Singapore
WHEN: 25th – 27th October 2023
Products and services from over 180 countries are showcased at ITB Asia; the world’s leading B2B travel trade show. In October the conference will be celebrating its 16th year with an impressive lineup of speakers and events alongside exhibiting companies from the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, the Americas, Africa, and the Middle East.
WHERE: London – United Kingdom
WHEN: 6th – 8th November 2023
The World Travel Market conference is a B2B event in London that hosts 51,000 global travel trade professionals who are all looking to network, purchase new products, and find out about the latest trends. It’s one of the biggest UK travel industry events and is a fantastic place to make new connections, share ideas and benefit from the insight of a wide range of travel experts.
WHERE: Hollywood, Florida – USA
WHEN: 13th – 16th November 2023
The Phocuswright event is a glamorous American conference that provides you with the opportunity to engage with travel leaders and influencers and learn about the latest innovations. There’s always a great lineup of different speakers as well as workshops and networking opportunities, and this year’s four-day schedule promises plenty of valuable insight.
WHERE: Cannes – France
WHEN: 4th – 7th December 2023
ILTM Cannes is the flagship International Luxury Travel Market event, where the very best global buyers can network with providers of the most luxurious experiences. Over four days of high-quality pre-scheduled appointments, educational sessions, networking, parties and invaluable exposure, guests can end the year with an incredibly informative conference that is also known for its luxury touches.
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