Whether you’re an event manager, planner, or someone with an interest in the events industry, there is a conference out there for you. Of course, it’s easy for anyone to look up a list of events for 2019, but the key is to find those that suit your needs. Nowadays, organizers promise to have everything you’re looking for at their event, but more often than not that’s just not the case. With this ever-changing industry and the high-demand from event and meeting planners, one event won’t be enough to cover all your bases.
The list below showcases a variety of events; everything from conferences to tradeshows geared toward presenting you with strong networking opportunities, to education tracks for event planners and B2B marketers, as well as revealing the latest in event management software. Even if you just want to travel, engage with like-minded people, and keep up-to-date with new trends you can have your bags packed and ready to go to attend our top ten events for 2019.
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Date: February 18-20
The Asia Pacific Incentives Meetings Event – AIME is the leading trade event for the meetings and event industry in the Asia Pacific region. AIME is when industry decision makers connect, create and do business across the whole Asia Pacific region. Its curated Hosted Buyer Program ensures that the buyers who attend Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Industry are ready to do business. Its bespoke PSA system will align over 14,000 meetings between Exhibitors’ destination and services and the needs to the Buyers delivering real value to the industry.
- International Confex
Location: Olympia, London
Date: February 26-27
Interested in innovating, originating, and creating? Then International Confex is for you! International Confex creates the largest gathering of event professionals, service providers, thought leaders and buyers in the UK, with the sole purpose of creating an environment of convenience to help support, inspire and drive the events industry forward. Whether you are responsible for organizing exhibitions, conferences, meetings, product launches, or anything in between, International Confex strive to bring the industry together.
- Experiential Marketing Summit
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada - Caesars Palace
Date: May 14-16
EMS, produced by Event Marketer, is one of the largest marketing training conferences, with over 1,800 marketers from over 32 countries and big-name companies such as Microsoft, Pepsi, Twitter, American Express and more. This event is geared toward hosting training sessions, such as explorations into Gen Z or trends in event experience design to keep you on the cutting edge of marketing practices. If you’re looking to develop strong marketing skills by gathering a year’s worth of insights and ideas in just a few days, then this is the event for you.
- MPI World Education Congress
Location: Toronto, Canada
Date: June 15-18
MPI's World Education Congress delivers unparalleled education, networking and business opportunities for meeting and event professionals. WEC19 will be in Toronto, Canada’s largest and most visit destination renowned for big-ticket events, top attractions, unique restaurants, vibrant nightlife, and cultural hotspots.
- GBTA Convention
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Date: August 3-7
With over 9,000+ members and 7,000+ attendees expected for 2019, the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) is the world’s premier business travel and meetings organization, so who better than to provide the platform for corporate travel professionals to meet and engage? With the business travel industry evolving at an unprecedented rate, GBTA Convention allows innovators to introduce new products and technologies at the world’s largest corporate travel event helping to forever alter the business travel landscape. You won't want to miss the Business Travel Event of the Year.
- IMEX America
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada – Sands Expo
Date: September 10-12
Still regarded as the must-attend industry event for business professionals, IMEX America is much more than just a tradeshow focusing on professional events, seminars, meetings, and incentive travel. Balancing the “who’s-who” of 3,000+ exhibitors with powerful education tracks tailored to your learning preferences truly helps IMEX Group stand out from the rest. Whether you want to tap into event tech, polish your professional skills, spark your imagination at a ground-breaking keynote or simply connect with your peers, their unique and free program has you covered.
- The Event Planner EXPO 2019
Location: NYC, NY
Date: October 1-3
Meet the biggest names in event planning under one roof at Expo. The Event Planner Expo is the premier trade show for the events and hospitality industry. This unique, three-day event gives attendees the opportunity to network with like-minded industry professionals, discover amazing partners for their upcoming events, and increase business. The Event Planner Expo features over 150 exhibitors representing the best vendors and venues in the city, an inspirational speaker series, and countless opportunities to network with the Event Planners, Corporate Decision Makers, marketing, PR & HR professionals & CEOs that attend the expo.
- ITB Asia
Dates: October 16-18
ITB Asia is an annually held three day B2B trade show and convention for the travel industry; it is designed to become the primary event for the Asia Pacific travel industry, much like its parent event – ITB Berlin. Now in its twelfth year in Singapore, ITB Asia will be taking place at Marina Bay Sands. It is organized by Messe Berlin (Singapore) Pte Ltd and supported by the Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau. Today, ITB Asia is the premier meeting place for the travel trade industry and a forum for establishing high-quality customer contacts and conducting businesses.
- MarketingProfs B2B Marketing Forum
Location: San Francisco, California – Marriott Marquis
Dates: October 16-18
MarketingProfs B2B Forum is more than just a quirky (not-so-little) conference. It’s the place where leaders, innovators, and people who make things happen gather to learn about the latest in B2B marketing and share the secrets to success. (Plus belly laughs, creative networking, shenanigans, and marketers-off-the-clock antics.)
- IBTM World
Location: Barcelona, SP
Date: Nov 19-21
Want to make a year's worth of connections in just three days? Then IBTM World is for you! IBTM World is the leading global event for the meetings and events industry and has one goal: to inspire the events world to deliver exceptional experiences. For 31 years, IBTM World has been providing the global community with the inspiration, business connections and content you need to create world-class events for your customers.
Are you attending any of these events this year? If so, let us know in the comments or let us know which ones we missed!