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The 46 Most Important Travel Industry Events for 2023

The 46 Most Important Travel Industry Events for 2023
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The hospitality industry and its sister industry, the trade industry, are among the most dynamic sectors when it comes to events and trade shows. Simply put, your calendar is not big enough to fit the sheer number of travel trade shows that take place around the globe.

How do you decide which ones are worth your time and money?

The only way to do it is to know exactly what the travel trade show is about and whether it provides you with relevant network opportunities or not. You also need to know the exact dates of important events in the tourism sector to plan your schedule in advance. 

Below you can find a list of the top 10 events by continent so you don’t miss out on the developments in the industry that can help you transform your business.

Event Calendar

Here is a table of all the travel industry events in 2023, including dates, locations, and themes.

Event nameRegionDateLocationTheme
SATTEAsiaFebruary 9, 2023India Expo Mart, Greater Noida, Delhi NCRDiscover solution-driven innovations to accelerate growth
ITB IndiaAsiaApril 26th, 2023JIO World Convention Centre, Mumbai, IndiaDiscover new business networks in the Indian travel market
ATM DubaiAsiaMay 1st 2023DWTC Dubai, UAEWorking Towards Net Zero – Celebrating 30 years of Arabian Travel Market
Arabian Travel MarketAsiaMay 1st, 2023Dubai World Trade Centre’Working Towards Net Zero’ – exploring emerging sustainable travel trends
ILTM ArabiaAsiaMay 2nd, 2023Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, United Arab EmiratesProvide luxury travel providers a great return on their investment
The Hotel Show DubaiAsiaMay 23rd, 2023Dubai World Trade CentrePromote products and services and meet key buyers in the hospitality sector
TTM+AsiaMay 31st, 2023Queen Sirikit National convention Center, Bangkok, ThailandAmazing new chapters
ILTM Asia PacificAsiaJune 19th, 2023Sands Expo & Convention Centre, 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956Create new itineraries, do business, and meet potential partners
Digital Travel Summit SingaporeAsiaAugust 23rd, 2023Equarius Hotel, SingaporeActionable tactics to grow your travel brand with focus on interaction
ITB ChinaAsiaSeptember 12th, 2023Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention CenterChinese travel market (market trends & future of tourism)
ITB Asia SingaporeAsiaOctober 25th, 2023Marina Bay Sands Singapore
10 Bayfront Ave
Singapore 018956
Enable travel professionals to establish contact with partners
Travel Tech AsiaAsiaOctober 25th, 2023Marina Bay Sands, SingaporeLeverage emerging technologies to create new possibilities for travel
MICE Show AsiaAsiaOctober 25th, 2023Marina Bay Sands, SingaporeConnect and build the future of MICE & new travel product discovery
Uzakrota Global 2023AsiaNovember 24th, 2023Hilton Bosphorus, IstanbulNetworking and getting insights from professionals with panels and keynote speakers
Meetings AfricaAfricaFebruary 27th, 2023Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South AfricaMeet face-to-face with the most influential buyers in the world and be part of Africa’s growth
WTM AfricaAfricaApril 3rd, 2023Cape Town, CTICCRecover, rebuild, and innovate
ILTM AfricaAfricaApril 3rd, 2023Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Cape TownRe-connect, build relationships, and grow the luxury travel business
Africa’s Travel IndabaAfricaMay 8th, 2023KwaZulu-NatalShaping Africa’s Tomorrow, Through Connection Today!
We Are AfricaAfricaMay 15th, 2023Cape Town, South AfricaTransform and rebrand African travel for the global luxury market
ITB Berlin ConventionEuropeMarch 7th, 2023Berlin Exhibition GroundsChange – the key trends for the travel industry
Independent Hotel Show AmsterdamEuropeMarch 14th, 2023RAI AmsterdamBusiness-led solutions to grow and develop your hotel offering
Food Hotel TechEuropeMarch 14th, 2023Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles Hall 5Benefits of eco-responsible innovations
Pricing & Revenue Management SummitEuropeMarch 30th, 2023Hotel Riu Plaza, BerlinLeveraging technology to maximize financial results and improve customer experience
Phocuswright Europe 2023EuropeJune 12, 2023Barcelona, SpainTravelers. Titans. Trailblazers.
IFTM Top Resa ParisEuropeOctober 3rd, 2023Paris Porte de Versailles – Hall 1Discover the latest travel market trends and accelerate your business
Hotel360 Expo LondonEuropeOctober 10th, 2023ExCel Exhibition Centre, Sandstone Lane, LondonDiscover the business secrets from hotel experts
Independent Hotel Show LondonEuropeOctober 16th, 2023Olympia West, LondonDiscover something new for your hotel
WTM LondonEuropeNovember 6th, 2023ExCel, LondonThe future of travel starts now – get ready for the future of travel technology
ILTM CannesEuropeDecember 4th, 2023Cannes, FranceIcons made here – meeting new clients, generating new leads, and forging lasting relationships
World Airport Operations SummitEuropeNot yet disclosedPrague, Czech RepublicTo be decided
Travel Adventure ShowAmericasFebruary 4th, 2023
March 4th, 2023
March 25th, 2023
Washington DC
San Francisco Bay Area
Atlanta, Georgia
Connect directly with a traveler
Vitrina Turística by ANATOAmericasFebruary 22, 2023Corferias, Bogota, D.C., ColombiaColombia open to world – promote the work of the Colombian travel agents
Tianguis TuristicoAmericasMarch 26, 2023Centro Citibanamex, Mexico City, MexicoMeet relevant business partners
Las Vegas Travel Agent ForumAmericasMarch 31st, 2023Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada360-degree approach to networking
WTM Latin AmericaAmericasApril 4th, 2023São Paulo, BrazilDiscover relevant and qualified travel and tourism industry buyers
EMOTIONSAmericasApril 23rd, 2023Faena Art Center, Aimé Painé 1169, Buenos Aires, ArgentinaEngage in pre-scheduled appointments
ILTM Latin AmericaAmericasMay 9th, 2023São Paulo, BrazilBusiness by spirit – Creating exciting itineraries, bold new business, and lifelong bonds
IPWAmericasMay 20, 2023Henry B. González Convention Center, San Antonio, TexasBuild network and discover attractive US-based travel products
RVCAmericasMay 30, 2023Quebec, CanadaMarket and sell Canada with confidence
Digital Travel Summit US 2023AmericasSeptember 12th, 2023Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, SCStay up to date with the latest online travel trends
ILTM North AmericaAmericasSeptember 18th, 2023Baha Mar, The BahamasDiscover new luxury tailor-made experiences
Skift Global ForumAmericasSeptember 19th, 2023New York City, USADefining the Future of Travel Yet Again
FIT Latin AmericaAmericasSeptember 30th, 2023Buenos Aires, ArgentinaMake new contacts and grow your brand
Skift Future of Lodging ForumAmericasTo be decidedNew York, USAExplore new industry shifts and learn how to improve your business
AIMEAustraliaFebruary 13th, 2023Melbourne, AustraliaYour industry. Your opportunity.
Destination AustraliaAustraliaMarch 16th, 2023International Convention Centre (ICC) SydneyCome and Say G’day
Australian Tourism ExchangeAustraliaApril 30th, 2023Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition CentreExperience Australia’s tourism offerings first-hand

Top Travel Industry events in Asia Pacific

South Asia’s Travel & Tourism Exchange – SATTE

📅 Date: February 9, 2023

📍 Location: India Expo Mart, Greater Noida, Delhi NCR

🗣️ Theme: Discover solution-driven innovations to accelerate growth

🏢 Event organizers: Informa Markets India Pvt. Ltd

💰 Sponsors and exhibitors: the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, National and International Tourism Boards

SATTE is one of the leading travel and tourism exhibitions on the continent. This year SATTE celebrates its 30th edition. The exhibition continues to be focused on one topic – how to accelerate business growth and push the industry forward by leveraging solution-driven innovations. With an engaging conference lineup, lots of networking opportunities, and renowned travel professionals, SATTE is a perfect opportunity for all B2B travel businesses to stay ahead of the curve. 

ITB India

📅 Date: April 26th, 2023

📍 Location: JIO World Convention Centre, Mumbai, India

🗣️ Theme: Discover new business networks in the Indian travel market.

🏢 Event organizers: Messe Berlin (Singapore) Pte Ltd, 10 Anson Road, #23-08 International Plaza, Singapore 079903

💰 Sponsors and exhibitors: ETAA, EHTTOA, ADTOI, ATAB, BOTOA, and many more

ITB India attracts a wide range of exhibitors and buyers every year, ranging from tour operators and hoteliers to travel technology managers and destination management companies. The event is great for all business managers and owners interested in pursuing valuable networking opportunities. In fact, all attendees have access to an appointment scheduling mobile app so they can easily establish business relations.

ATM Dubai

📅 Date: May 1st, 2023

📍 Location: DWTC Dubai, UAE

🗣️ Theme: Working Towards Net Zero – Celebrating 30 years of Arabian Travel Market

🏢 Event organizers: Reed Exhibitions Limited

💰 Sponsors and exhibitors: Visit Dubai, Emirates, IHG Hotels & Resorts, Al Rais Travel

This year one of the leading Middle East international travel and tourism events, ATM Dubai, celebrates its 30th anniversary. The main goal of the event is to bring the travel community together. Every year the event is organized under a unique theme. This year it is Working Towards Net Zero which means that if you are interested in innovative sustainable travel trends, ATM Dubai 2023 is the place to be. If you are an inbound or outbound tourism professional, you should definitely check out this event.

Arabian Travel Market

📅 Date: May 1st, 2023.

📍 Location: Dubai World Trade Centre 

🗣️ Theme: ’Working Towards Net Zero’ – exploring emerging sustainable travel trends.

🏢 Event organizers: Reed Exhibition LTD, Gateway House, 28 The Quadrant Richmond, Surrey, TW9 1DN, England

💰 Sponsors and exhibitors: Visit Dubai, Emirates, IHG Hotels & Resorts, & AL Rais Travel

Arabian Travel Market revolves around bringing the travel community together. Tour operators, travel agents, private travel organizers, and wholesalers interested in new ideas and innovations should attend the forum, especially if they are interested in sustainable travel, as it’s this year’s theme. This year Arabian Travel Market celebrates its 30th year anniversary, and the event organizers will unveil their dedicated sustainability pledge.

ILTM Arabia

📅 Date: May 2nd, 2023

📍 Location: Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

🗣️ Theme: Provide luxury travel providers with a great return on their investment.

🏢 Event organizers: Reed Exhibition LTD, Gateway House, 28 The Quadrant Richmond, Surrey, TW9 1DN, England

If you are interested in high-end travel experiences as a buyer or you run a company that sells next-level travel packages, ILTM Arabia should be interesting to you. The only downside of this event is that it’s by invitation only. This event is especially interesting to luxury hotel owners, elite transportation providers, and luxury travel suppliers interested in attracting buyers from the Middle East. When it comes to networking, ILTM Arabia is all about discovering new partnership opportunities and making long-term arrangements.

The Hotel Show Dubai

📅 Date: May 23rd, 2023

📍 Location: Dubai

🗣️ Theme: Promote products and services and meet key buyers in the travel sector.

🏢 Event organizers: DMG Events, 5th Floor, The Palladium, Cluster C, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, P.O. Box 33817, Dubai

💰 Sponsors and exhibitors: Dubai, HAMA, & DRG.

The Hotel Show Dubai is one of the most prestigious shows in the industry focused on interior design and hospitality. This event caters to hotel managers, hotel owners, GMs, architects, chefs, restaurant managers, facilities managers, and interior designers.

The event provides many networking opportunities to help you sell your product or service to key buyers from the hospitality industry. Furthermore, the show has partnered with the international Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals Association (HFTP), which makes it a perfect platform to launch technological innovations.

TTM+

📅 Date: May 31st, 2023

📍 Location: Queen Sirikit National convention Center, Bangkok, Thailand

🗣️ Theme: Amazing new chapters

🏢 Event organizers: Amazing Thailand and Tourism Authority of Thailand

💰 Sponsors and exhibitors: To be disclosed

Thailand Travel Mart Plus or TTM+ rose up as the premier showcase travel industry event of Thai tourism and cultural values. The event enables local product and accommodation sellers to connect with international buyers. If you are a travel agent, agency, or OTA interested in sourcing quality products from this exotic country, you should definitely check out this event.  

ILTM Asia Pacific

📅 Date: June 19th, 2023

📍 Location: Sands Expo & Convention Centre, 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956

🗣️ Theme: Create new itineraries, do business, and meet potential partners.

🏢 Event organizers: Reed Exhibition LTD, Gateway House, 28 The Quadrant Richmond, Surrey, TW9 1DN, England

💰 Sponsors and exhibitors: Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau and Singapore Passion Made Possible

Over the years, the ILTM Asia Pacific event has become quite valuable for both exhibitors and attendees. It’s perfect for travel brands interested in getting better exposure, travel advisors who want to curate the most exciting new trips, and travel press specializing in writing about luxury travel. When it comes to networking, this event provides many valuable opportunities ranging from one-to-one meetings and exclusive networking events to wellness sessions.

Digital Travel Summit Singapore

📅 Date: August 23rd, 2023

📍 Location: Equarius Hotel, Singapore

🗣️ Theme: Actionable tactics to grow your travel brand with a focus on interaction.

🏢 Event organizers: WBR Research, 61 Robinson Road, 14-01 Robinson Centre, Singapore 068893

Keynote speakers (names, job titles, bio, topics)

💰 Sponsors and exhibitors: Edgio

Digital Travel Summit is scheduled for August this year in Singapore. It’s an event where leaders from tourism boards, airlines, OTAs, hospitality, metas, and cruise lines come to share their valuable insights and success stories. Interactive Q&As, roundtables, think tanks, and workshops will enable you to pursue dozens of networking opportunities you can actually act upon. 

ITB China

📅 Date: September 12th, 2023

📍 Location: Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center

🗣️ Theme: Chinese travel market (market trends & future of tourism).

🏢 Event organizers: MB Exhibitions (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.

Keynote speakers (names, job titles, bio, topics)

💰 Sponsors and exhibitors: TravelDaily as co-host, China Travel News as media partner, and dozens of strategic partners and buyers, including Cassia, CCT, CTG Travel, Aoyou, Fliggy, & more

ITB China is the largest B2B travel show in mainland China. Its focus throughout the years remains the same – the Chinese travel market. Every year hundreds of top buyers from China attend the event to meet international travel experts and discover innovative solutions and emerging travel products and services. The organizer leverages a matchmaking system to connect relevant buyers and sellers and enable valuable networking opportunities.

ITB Asia Singapore

📅 Date: October 25th, 2023

📍 Location: Marina Bay Sands Singapore, 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956

🗣️ Theme: Enable travel professionals to establish contact with partners.

🏢 Event organizers: Messe Berlin (Singapore) Pte Ltd, 10 Anson Road, #23-08 International Plaza, Singapore 079903

💰 Sponsors and exhibitors: Over 15 sponsors, including BER, Marina Bay Sands, Saudi Tourism Authority, and many others

There is no more important tourism event for the Asian travel sector than ITB Asia. We are talking about a huge B2B event with over 1000 exhibitors from all over the world. This event is perfect for small and medium-sized travel companies, including travel agents, hotel managers, travel technology experts, destination management firms, business travel experts, and educators.

ITB Asia provides all exhibitors and attendees with access to a mobile application for appointment scheduling. During the event, attendees also have access to workshops, seminars, and official networking events. 

Travel Tech Asia

📅 Date: October 25th, 2023

📍 Location: Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

🗣️ Theme: Leverage emerging technologies to create new possibilities for travel.

🏢 Event organizers: Messe Berlin (Singapore) Pte Ltd, 10 Anson Road, #23-08 International Plaza, Singapore 079903

Travel Tech Asia is one of the key travel events in the Asia-Pacific. It’s a go-to place for all travel professionals who are looking to discover emerging tech travel trends. Travel Tech Asia attracts attendees and exhibitors from a wide range of travel niches related to technology. Plus, there are dedicated events for networking and custom-tailored talks for the airline and hotel sectors. The best thing about this event is that it’s co-located with ITB Asia and MICE Show Asia.

MICE Show Asia

📅 Date: October 25th, 2023

📍 Location: Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

🗣️ Theme: Connect and build the future of MICE & new travel product discovery.

🏢 Event organizers: Messe Berlin (Singapore) Pte Ltd

This event is perfect for a wide range of professionals, including MICE innovators, meetings & events professionals, and leaders in the hotel vertical and corporate travel niche, including business travel managers and travel management companies. You can meet potential business partners or clients. MICE Show Asia is perfect for showcasing destinations, services, and complete travel products. For instance, last year, the event organizers recorded over 27,000 business meetings.

Uzakrota Global 2023

📅 Date: November 24, 2023

📍 Location: Hilton Bosphorus, Istanbul

🗣️ Theme: Networking and getting insights from professionals with panels and keynote speeches.

🏢 Event organizers: Uzakrota

💰 Sponsors and exhibitors: Buyers and sellers from different segments of the tourism industry, Tourism boards, airlines, travel marketing companies, and more.

Uzakrota has proved its success with events organized all over the world. Their innovative concept is one of a kind which synthesis of conferences and trade fairs. Uzakrota Global continues to attract global and promising brand, and manages to become a bridge between many parties. Uzakrota network has grown exponentially by adding new partners with each and every event organized since 2010.

Top Travel Industry events in Africa

Meetings Africa

📅 Date: February 27th, 2023

📍 Location: Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

🗣️ Theme: Meet face-to-face with the most influential buyers in the world and be part of Africa’s growth.

🏢 Event organizers: South African Tourism

💰 Sponsors and exhibitors: Gauteng Convention Bureau, Johannesburg Convention Bureau, Sandton Convention Centre

Meetings Africa is a diverse event that attracts top brands from many verticals, including the travel industry. This is a great event to network with potential business partners, boost your brand awareness, or identify new business opportunities in the African travel market, especially during the now-traditional National Tourism Communicators Forum Meeting. This event is great for decision-makers in travel agencies and OTAs interested in sourcing travel services and products from the African travel market.

International Luxury Travel Market Africa

📅 Date: April 3rd, 2023

📍 Location: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, Cape Town

🗣️ Theme: Re-connect, build relationships, and grow the luxury travel business.

🏢 Event organizers: Reed Exhibition LTD, Gateway House, 28 The Quadrant Richmond, Surrey, TW9 1DN, England

At the center of ILTM Africa, we have luxury travel experiences. The goal of this year’s event is to reconnect African suppliers with buyers from all around the world after the disruptive covid pandemic. The event encompasses many networking opportunities ranging from face-to-face meetings and networking during mealtime to evening events. The target audience includes travel agents and agencies with a focus on luxury travel and luxury travel destinations in Africa.

WTM Africa

📅 Date: April 3rd, 2023

📍 Location: Cape Town, CTICC

🗣️ Theme: Recover, rebuild, and innovate.

🏢 Event organizers: Reed Exhibition LTD, Gateway House, 28 The Quadrant Richmond, Surrey, TW9 1DN, England

WTM Africa’s 8th edition is scheduled for April 3rd this year. This is one of the major events in the entire African travel sector. It attracts buyers, sellers, and influential experts in the travel vertical. As a B2B event, WTM Africa caters to the needs of leading travel representatives and professionals. WTM Africa has perfected their networking game by pre-scheduling meetings and events to successfully connect thousands of businesses every year.

Africa’s Travel Indaba

📅 Date: May 8th, 2023

📍 Location: KwaZulu-Natal

🗣️ Theme: Shaping Africa’s Tomorrow, Through Connection Today!

🏢 Event organizers: South African Tourism

💰 Sponsors and exhibitors: South Africa Kwazulu-Natal, Durban, and ICC Durban

Africa’s Travel Indaba is an awarded travel and tourism show in Africa. Some of the continent’s top suppliers of travel products and services visit the show every year. The show is created to provide information and new networking opportunities to local and international travel agents and tour operators. Every year, the show starts with Business Opportunity Networking Day (BONDay) to enable participants to discover local insights and trends and make long-lasting partnerships.

We Are Africa

📅 Date: May 15th, 2023

📍 Location: Cape Town, South Africa

🗣️ Theme: Transform and rebrand African travel for the global luxury market.

🏢 Event organizers: This is Beyond Ltd

💰 Sponsors and exhibitors: South African Tourism, City of Cape Town, ATTA, WESGRO, Inspirational Places, and more

If you are interested in a more luxurious side of tourism in Africa, then you should definitely check out the event by the name We Are Africa. The event traditionally attracts recognizable luxury African travel brands and caters to the needs of luxury travel agencies and agents. This year the event will be centered around the industry’s recovery with many face-to-face meetings and networking events. 

Top Travel Industry events in Europe

ITB Berlin Convention

📅 Date: March 7th, 2023

📍 Location: Berlin Exhibition Grounds

🗣️ Theme: Change – the key trends for the travel industry.

🏢 Event organizers: Messe Berlin GmbH, Messedamm 22, D – 14055 Berlin, Germany

As one of the world’s leading travel industry events, ITB Berlin addresses different topics every year. This year, the convention is going to be all about making necessary changes to leverage the current trends in the sector to enable business growth. The focus is also on personal interactions and an abundance of networking opportunities. Exhibitors include tour operators, hotels, and other service providers, while attendees are usually young professionals, experts, buyers, and decision-makers. 

Independent Hotel Show Amsterdam

📅 Date: March 14th, 2023

📍 Location: RAI Amsterdam, Europaplein 24, 1078 GZ Amsterdam

🗣️ Theme: Business-led solutions to grow and develop your hotel offering.

🏢 Event organizers: Fresh Montgomery, 9 Manchester Square, Marylebone, London W1U 3PL, United Kingdom

💰 Sponsors and exhibitors: MEWS, ROOMRACCON, HotelPartner, GEBERIT, HelloTOP, Dutch Hotel Award, & others

Independent Hotel Show Amsterdam is one of the best events to attend if you want to learn from the leaders in hotel design, health & wellness, equipment suppliers, housekeeping, and food and drink. It’s one of the most popular events among hotel owners and managers. There are plenty of partnership opportunities, especially for hotel suppliers. The media partner that exclusively supports the event is Entree. 

Food Hotel Tech

📅 Date: March 14th, 2023

📍 Location: Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles Hall 5

🗣️ Theme: Benefits of eco-responsible innovations.

🏢 Event organizers: Food Hotel Tech, 178 Boulevard Haussmann, 75008 Paris, France

Keynote speakers: Charles-Antoine Duron (Director of Tourism and Mobility at Google), Ian Di Tullio (Chief Commercial Officer at Accor), and many others

💰 Sponsors and exhibitors: food service vision, CCI NICE COTE D’AZUR, Region Sud, and others

Food Hotel Tech is one of the most exciting events in the travel sector aimed at brands in the hotel and restaurant industry which are some of the vital cogs in the global travel industry machinery. Every year, the event’s organizers tend to highlight the key technologies in the hotel and restaurant niche. Given that this is a B2B event, it caters to the expectations and needs of hoteliers and restaurant owners. In terms of networking opportunities, FHT offers specialized conferences and keynotes. 

Pricing & Revenue Management Summit

📅 Date: March 30th, 2023

📍 Location: Hotel Riu Plaza, Berlin

🗣️ Theme: Leveraging technology to maximize financial results and improve customer experience.

🏢 Event organizers: Luxatia International, Soukenicka 23, 110 00 Prague 1, Czech Republic

Keynote speakers: Amrita Makkar (Regional Director of Revenue Management at Virgin Hotels), Jaume Vidal (Chief Revenue Strategy Office – AI Revenue & Commercial Planning at Barcelo Hotel Group)

💰 Sponsors and exhibitors: Vistex, Revfine, DATAFLOO, and many others

For the last six years, the Pricing & Revenue Management Summit has been providing event attendees with numerous opportunities to learn from the top experts working at the world’s biggest companies. This year the primary focus is on improving financial results and customer experience by adopting emerging technologies. The event is for senior-level executives, CEOs, VPs, directors, and managers. 

Phocuswright Europe 2023

📅 Date: June 12, 2023

📍 Location: Barcelona, Spain

🗣️ Theme: Travelers. Titans. Trailblazers.

🏢 Event organizers: Northstar Travel Media LLC.

Keynote speakers: Arjan Dijk, Senior Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer at Booking.com, Lisa Katsouraki, SVP Corporate Development at Etraveli Group, Axel Hefer, CEO of trivago, and many others.

💰 Sponsors and exhibitors: Belvera Partners, Cloudbeds, WNS, CAMBON Partners, Microsoft, Google, and many others

Phocuswright Europe remains true to its tradition – get the most influential travel leaders in one space and enable attendees to benefit from critical debates, one-on-one conversations, and discover new trends in innovation. This year, the legendary travel event heads to Barcelona. The focus will be on how to address the new traveler’s travel concerns. Meet industry peers, learn from the best, and set your travel company to success.

IFTM Top Resa Paris

📅 Date: October 3rd, 2023

📍 Location: Paris Porte de Versailles – Hall 1

🗣️ Theme: Discover the latest travel market trends and accelerate your business.

🏢 Event organizers: Reed Exhibition LTD, Gateway House, 28 The Quadrant Richmond, Surrey, TW9 1DN, England

💰 Sponsors and exhibitors: AFTM, AirFrance, Amadeus, AVIS, SNCF, and others

IFTM Top Resa is an annual event. It’s beneficial to all parties involved in the tourism industry because it attracts experts from Business, Leisure, and MICE. If you are interested in the latest travel market trends and networking, this is the perfect event to attend. The exhibitors include startups, hotel groups, tech companies, and airlines. Please note that the event no longer requires participants to be vaccinated against coronavirus.

Hotel360 Expo London

📅 Date: October 10th, 2023

📍 Location: ExCel Exhibition Centre, Sandstone Lane, London

🗣️ Theme: Discover the business secrets from hotel experts.

🏢 Event organizers: PRYSM Group, 4 Colston Avenue, Bristol, BS1 4ST, United Kingdom

💰 Sponsors and exhibitors: Institute of Hospitality, Hospitality Suppliers, Boutique Hotelier, European Hotel Management Association, and others

When it comes to hospitality events in Europe, you should definitely consider Hotel360 Expo in London. The industry is constantly changing, and attending this event can help you discover and understand trends and learn how to boost your hotel’s profitability. The event is perfect for hotel professionals as it includes some of the best suppliers. There are also many networking opportunities ranging from seminars and expert-led panel debates to face-to-face interactions in a dedicated networking area. 

Who the event is targeted at (travel agents, tour operators…)

Networking opportunities (networking events, roundtable discussions, networking breaks)

Independent Hotel Show London

📅 Date: October 16th, 2023

📍 Location: Olympia West, Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, London

🗣️ Theme: Discover something new for your hotel.

🏢 Event organizers: Fresh Montgomery, 9 Manchester Square, Marylebone, London W1U 3PL, United Kingdom

💰 Sponsors and exhibitors: James Hallam, Green Key, eviivo, planet, sofa.com, Taner’s Sons, & more

Similar to the event in Amsterdam, Independent Hotel Show London event specializes in outlining the best solutions for running a hotel business. The focus on cost-effective and profitable solutions hotel owners and managers can benefit from. Face-to-face interactions, product and service showcases, and everyday interactions make valuable networking opportunities you can pursue to find a supplier able to help you transform your business. Media partners include Hotel Designs, Boutique Hotel News, and The Caterer, among others. 

WTM London

📅 Date: November 6th, 2023

📍 Location: ExCel, London

🗣️ Theme: The future of travel starts now – get ready for the future of travel technology.

🏢 Event organizers: Reed Exhibition LTD, Gateway House, 28 The Quadrant Richmond, Surrey, TW9 1DN, England

WTM London is the place you want to be if you want to discover the emerging travel and hospitality technology solutions bound to transform the sector. Travel and hospitality tech experts from all corners of the world will come to London to discuss how technology can create new business opportunities. If you are a decision-maker, you should consider attending this event. The event is also for owners and directors of OTAs, data specialists, corporate travel agencies, hotels, airlines, and others.

International Luxury Travel Market Cannes

📅 Date: December 4th, 2023

📍 Location: Cannes, France

🗣️ Theme: Icons made here – meeting new clients, generating new leads, and forging lasting relationships.

🏢 Event organizers: Reed Exhibition LTD, Gateway House, 28 The Quadrant Richmond, Surrey, TW9 1DN, England

💰 Sponsors and exhibitors: Hyatt, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Dubai Department of Economy and Tourism

Many luxury travel experts see ILTM Cannes as the key event in the series of all global ILTM events. That’s why you will often see all the important names in the luxury travel sector at this event. Many renowned brands from several travel niches regularly visit the event, including DMOs, luxury resorts and hotels, air travel companies, outbound tour operators, cruises, event managers, and many others. Informative forums, after-hours entertainment, and highly curated meetings will help you get in touch with relevant brands.

World Airport Operations Summit

📅 Date: Not yet disclosed

📍 Location: Prague, Czech Republic

🗣️ Theme: To be decided. 

🏢 Event organizers: Luxatia International, Soukenicka 23, 110 00 Prague 1, Czech Republic

💰 Sponsors and exhibitors: Dallmeier, Revfine, Airline Suppliers, Airside International, Airport Suppliers, and others

If you are specifically interested in the airport industry, then you should definitely learn more about the World Airport Operations Summit. This event doesn’t have a long history. However, its first and second editions attracted many experts from the airport industry. The event is intended for Senior Level Executives, CEO, SOOs, Directors, and VPs. You can learn about trends and best practices in various fields, including transportation and master planning, emerging technologies, and risk management

Top Travel Industry events in the Americas

Travel Adventure Show

📅 Date: February 4th, 2023

📍 Location: Washington DC

📅 Date: March 4th, 2023

📍 Location: San Francisco Bay Area

📅 Date: March 25th, 2023

📍 Location: Atlanta, Georgia

🗣️ Theme: Connect directly with a traveler.

🏢 Event organizers: Unicomm, LLC.

Keynote speakers: Samantha Brown (Emmy Award-Winning Host, Samantha Brown’s Places to Love), Andrew McCarthy (Award-Winning Travel Writer, Actor, and Director), Peter Greenberg (Emmy Award-Winning Investigative Reporter & Producer & CBS News Travel Editor), and Patricia Schultz (Author, “1,000 Places to See Before You Die” and “1,000 Places to See in the United States and Canada Before You Die”)

💰 Sponsors and exhibitors: MSC Cruises, BARBADOS, Go Touch Down, ETC, USTOA, and many others

The Travel Adventure Show is extremely popular among American travelers. It’s a perfect opportunity for top destinations, travel providers, and tour operators to connect directly with a traveler. The show also provides many opportunities to connect with industry peers and establish long-term partnerships.

Vitrina Turística by ANATO

📅 Date: February 22, 2023

📍 Location: Corferias, Bogota, D.C., Colombia

🗣️ Theme: Colombia open to the world – promote the work of the Colombian travel agents

🏢 Event organizers: Asociación Colombiana de Agencias de Viajes y Turismo

💰 Sponsors and exhibitors: Not disclosed.

ANATO is short for Asociación Colombiana de Agencias de Viajes y Turismo, which is the organization behind the famous travel event in Colombia – Vitrina Turistica. This is a must-visit event if you are a travel agent or agency in Colombia. Travel companies interested in Columbia-based travel products are also intended to attend. The networking opportunities are many as the floor is open to all visitors, and exhibitor booths feature many brochures and welcoming agents. Plus, everyone has access to a networking platform.

Tianguis Turistico

📅 Date: March 26, 2023

📍 Location: Centro Citibanamex, Mexico City, Mexico

🗣️ Theme: Meet relevant business partners

🏢 Event organizers: CDMX

💰 Sponsors and exhibitors: Gobierno de México, Turismo Secretaria de Turismo, México, Gobierno de la Ciudad de México, CDMX, and others

Tianguis Turistico is a prestigious travel industry event in the Americas. This year it celebrates its 47th edition. This event is a place where hundreds of exhibitors, such as airlines, independent hotels and hotel chains, DMCs, and travel tech companies, showcase their offers to tour operators, wholesalers, tourism associations, travel agents, and OTAs. The networking is on another level, given that all relevant buyers and exhibitors go through pre-established appointments and have access to instamatch online.

Las Vegas Travel Agent Forum

📅 Date: March 31st, 2023

📍 Location: Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada

🗣️ Theme: A 360-degree approach to networking.

🏢 Event organizers: Travel Show Marketing Group

💰 Sponsors and exhibitors: TRAVELSHOW, strategy, IATAN, amazing THAILAND, Tourism Australia, and many others

Las Vegas Travel Agent Forum is a massively popular B2B travel industry event. It’s mainly focused on travel agencies. Hundreds of travel professionals come here every year to meet potential supply partners, learn from top travel brands, and connect with other businesses. The event includes numerous networking opportunities ranging from face-to-face meetings to educational sessions and roundtable panel discussions.

WTM Latin America

📅 Date: April 4th, 2023

📍 Location: São Paulo, Brazil

🗣️ Theme: Discover relevant and qualified travel and tourism industry buyers.

🏢 Event organizers: Reed Exhibition LTD, Gateway House, 28 The Quadrant Richmond, Surrey, TW9 1DN, England

💰 Sponsors and exhibitors: Cidade de Sao Paulo, São Paulo Governo do Estado, Embratur, Pátria Amada Brasil

If you are wondering which event is the leading one for the Latin American travel industry, then you should mark WTM Latin America in your calendar. It is by far the most significant travel industry event on the continent. With dozens of networking opportunities and chances to discover new services and products, this event is a perfect pick for a wide range of travel professionals, including airlines, hotels, event services, travel tech suppliers, and tour operators

EMOTIONS

📅 Date: April 23rd, 2023

📍 Location: Faena Art Center, Aimé Painé 1169, Buenos Aires, Argentina

🗣️ Theme: Engage in pre-scheduled appointments.

🏢 Event organizers: Emotions travel community

💰 Sponsors and exhibitors: The Best Boutique Hotels

EMOTIONS is a niche travel industry event focused on Latin America and the Caribbean. It attracts top sellers and buyers in the sector. If you are a travel agency and want to source products from these regions, EMOTIONS is definitely an event to consider attending. It’s best known for pre-scheduling appointments for attendees, so you get the best value for time spent at the event.

ILTM Latin America

📅 Date: May 9th, 2023

📍 Location: São Paulo, Brazil

🗣️ Theme: Business by spirit – Creating exciting itineraries, bold new businesses, and lifelong bonds.

🏢 Event organizers: Reed Exhibition LTD, Gateway House, 28 The Quadrant Richmond, Surrey, TW9 1DN, England

💰 Sponsors and exhibitors: Pulitzer Amsterdam, Lozano Travel, PANROTAS, hotelnews, and others

International suppliers of luxury travel experiences from all over the world are very interested in ILTM Latin America. This event is perfect for building networks and attracting elite travelers from Latin America. It’s a must-visit event for first-class transportation providers, retail travel agencies, outbound tour operators, concierge companies, and luxury travel agents. The buyers are carefully selected to meet rigorous criteria to enable sales and relevant networking relationships.

IPW

📅 Date: May 20, 2023

📍 Location: Henry B. González Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas

🗣️ Theme: Build a network and discover attractive US-based travel products

🏢 Event organizers: U.S. Travel Association

💰 Sponsors and exhibitors: The Sightseeing Pass, Journera, New York City Sightseeing

IPW by the US Travel Association is one of the most popular travel industry events in the states. It attracts US and international travel professionals. It’s a perfect event to visit if you want to discover attractive travel products from US suppliers. The IPW focus and networking events will help you establish firm partnerships and secure a profitable future for your travel company.

RVC

📅 Date: May 30, 2023

📍 Location: Quebec, Canada

🗣️ Theme: Market and sell Canada with confidence

🏢 Event organizers: Destination Canada and the Tourism Industry Association of Canada

💰 Sponsors and exhibitors: Quebec City, Bonjour Quebec, and others

Rendez-vous Canada or RVC is an international tourism marketplace that traditionally takes place in the largest French-speaking city in North America. The event is focused on enabling international tourism leaders to meet Canadian travel product sellers in one-on-one meetings. This event has tremendous networking potential, especially if you are interested in sourcing products from Canadian suppliers.

Digital Travel Summit US 2023

📅 Date: September 12th, 2023

📍 Location: Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, SC

🗣️ Theme: Stay up to date with the latest online travel trends.

🏢 Event organizers: Worldwide Business Research

💰 Sponsors and exhibitors: Collette, amresorts, RBC, Cathay Pacific, Hawaiian Airlines, booking.com, Expedia, and many others

Digital Travel Summit is a go-to event for many OTAs, airlines, hotels, and transportation companies, where they selflessly share key insights on improving digital strategies. The focus is also on improving personalization to deliver memorable experiences and generate repeat business. The event is packed with networking opportunities and attracts some of the most forward-thinking minds in the digital travel industry.

ILTM North America

📅 Date: September 18th, 2023

📍 Location: Baha Mar, The Bahamas

🗣️ Theme: Discover new luxury tailor-made experiences.

🏢 Event organizers: Reed Exhibition LTD, Gateway House, 28 The Quadrant Richmond, Surrey, TW9 1DN, England

💰 Sponsors and exhibitors: Waldorf Astoria, Nobu Hotel, Tourism Australia, Amy Furie, and many others

As the name implies, ILTM North America is a place where you can discover luxurious travel experiences. It’s one of those invitation-only events with a limited number of exhibitors and buyers. The event is custom-tailored for outbound tour operators, luxury travel agencies, private travel designers, and concierge companies. Since the buyers are hand-selected, face-to-face meetings are more valuable and relevant.

Skift Global Forum

📅 Date: September 19th, 2023

📍 Location: New York City, USA

🗣️ Theme: Defining the Future of Travel Yet Again.

🏢 Event organizers: Skift Global HQ, 145 West 30th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10001, United States

💰 Sponsors and exhibitors: Accor, Allianz Partners, FLYR, Travel Bank, and VISA

After a brief shift to being an online-only event, Skift Global Forum returns to an in-person event model. It’s one of the favorite events among travel leaders. The forum is all about discovering new and impactful trends in the travel industry. It’s marked red in the planner of many travel industry leaders, marketers, investors, and travel tech companies. Dozens of panel discussions, interviews, and networking opportunities are standard at the Skift Global Forum. 

FIT Latin America

📅 Date: September 30th, 2023

📍 Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina

🗣️ Theme: Make new contacts and grow your brand.

🏢 Event organizers: AVIABUE and FAEVYT

💰 Sponsors and exhibitors: Ministerio de Turismo y Deportes Argentina, CFT, INPROTUR Arg, ferias, CAT, FAEVYT, and many others

FIT Latin America is one of the leading travel industry events in South America. It attracts hundreds of suppliers and visitors with one goal – streamline networking events to enable strategic partnerships and business growth. Travel professionals seeking partners in South America should definitely consider attending this event.

Skift Future of Lodging Forum

📅 Date: To be decided

📍 Location: New York, USA

🗣️ Theme: Explore new industry shifts and learn how to improve your business.

🏢 Event organizers: Skift Global HQ, 145 West 30th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10001, United States

💰 Sponsors and exhibitors: Allianz Partners, Oracle Hospitality, JCB, Sojern, TravelZoo

Sift Future of Lodging Forum is all about discovering new industry trends and learning from professionals how to improve lodging, rentals, and hotel operations. The event attracts marketers, travel operators, entrepreneurs, and hospitality managers. In terms of networking opportunities, this event will help you connect with the leaders in the hospitality field and establish valuable relationships for your business.

Top Travel Industry events in Australia/Oceania

AIME

📅 Date: February 13th, 2023

📍 Location: Melbourne, Australia

🗣️ Theme: Your industry. Your opportunity.

🏢 Event organizers: Talk2 Media & Events

Keynote speakers: Allan Briggs, Professor Ben Hamer, Georgie Stayches, Jelena Dokic, Keith Wootton, and many others.

💰 Sponsors and exhibitors: Melbourne Convention Bureau, Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre, 

This year, AIME celebrates its 30-year anniversary. It’s one of the best events in the Asia Pacific region regarding business meetings. AIME is famous for its short, thought-provoking sessions with the event’s exhibitors. In addition, networking opportunities are abundant. Whether you run a small or well-established travel brand, AIME can help you propel your business forward.

Destination Australia

📅 Date: March 16th, 2023

📍 Location: International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney

🗣️ Theme: Come and Say G’day.

🏢 Event organizers: Tourism Australia

Keynote speakers: Senator, The Hon Don Farrell (Minister for Trade and Tourism Special Minister of State), Michael Issenberg (Chair, Tourism Australia), Phillipa Harrison (Managing Director, Tourism Australia), and many others

Destination Australia is a leading travel industry event on the continent. This year will be all about putting international tourism demand back on its feet. If you are a travel professional in Australia, this is a must-visit event, as it can be a valuable source of intel and networking opportunities to help you grow your brand. 

Australian Tourism Exchange

📅 Date: April 30th, 2023

📍 Location: Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre

🗣️ Theme: Experience Australia’s tourism offerings first-hand.

🏢 Event organizers: Tourism Australia

💰 Sponsors and exhibitors: Destination Goldcoast, Tourism & Events Queensland, Tourism Australia, and others

Australian Tourism Exchange is one of the country’s most significant travel B2B industry events. Besides Australian tourism businesses and tourism wholesalers, the event also attracts international retailers. The numerous networking events that span over four days will help you connect with industry peers and capitalize on your attendance. This year, international buyers will be able to experience Australia’s tourism offerings first-hand.

Conclusion

There you have it, 38 renowned and time-worthy travel industry events scheduled for 2023. The travel industry has been through a lot during the last three years. The key insights, trends, and knowledge you can discover and partnerships you can make at any of these events can prove vital for the success of your travel brand despite its size or niche. 

Take your time and consider your business goals and target market to choose the best event(s) to attend this year.

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