Top Hospitality Conferences and Events to Attend in 2019
If your career path lies in the hotel industry, then you should be familiar with some of its annual business gatherings. These are the places where executives from across the industry gather to discuss key issues and trends that often shape the future of hotels.
Certainly, they are not all must-attend events and most are likely of interest to professionals working in a certain sector of the hotel business, such as Information Technology (IT), HR, or revenue management. Nevertheless, mark your calendars now with any events that are of interest.
HR in Hospitality: March 25-17, Las Vegas. For over 10 years now, HR professionals in the hospitality industry have relied on this event to engage in relevant discussions with colleagues about industry trends and challenges around hiring, retention, and other workforce issues.
Meet the Money: May 6 to 8, Los Angeles. For 28 years, this event has provided a unique environment for forging relationships, negotiating deals and interacting with experts in hotel investment, development and operations.
International Hotel Technology Forum: May 14 to 16, Zagreb, Croatia. Attendees of IHTF will hear over 50 presenters and have the opportunity to take part in interactive workshops, debates and roundtable discussions.
HD Expo: May 15 to 17, Las Vegas. This Hospitality Design Magazine event offers a CEU-accredited conference program and a 360-degree perspective on what’s happening in the hotel industry.
NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference: June 2 to 4, New York City. This 41st annual conference will feature general sessions, workshops, and networking events to provide data, analysis, perspectives, insights, and opportunities. During this two-day conference, leading lodging executives, investors, developers, analysts, and economists will participate in robust discussions on diverse and timely international industry topics such as cap ex, demand segmentation, design, development, the economy, finance, forecasts, franchising, IPOs, legal issues, lifestyle and luxury markets, management agreements, OTAs, politics, residential and vacation ownership, transactions, and more.
The Boutique Hotel Investment Conference: June 5, New York City. Hosted by the Boutique & Lifestyle Leaders Association (BLLA), this annual gathering targets hotel developers, investors, lenders and equity partners.
HITEC Minneapolis: June 17 to 20, Minneapolis. The Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference is said to be the world’s largest and most expansive hospitality technology event. Included are networking events and educational sessions as well as the chance to meet with a variety of industry vendors.
HSMAI Revenue Optimization Conference: June 18-19, Washington DC. The Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International will bring together more than 650 industry members this year to examine and analysis trends in this essential aspect of hotel business.
HFTP Annual Convention: Oct. 23 to 25, Orlando. The Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals annual event draws respective hospitality professionals for three days of networking, education sessions and featured vendors.
Hotel Data Conference: Aug. 14 to 16, Nashville. Hosted by data benchmarking and analytics firm STR, this annual conference regularly sells out as attendees register to hear more than 140 speakers from industry-leading organizations.
IMEX America: Sept. 10-12, Las Vegas. This is the largest event in the U.S. for those involved in the meetings, conventions and incentive industry. For anyone working in group sales, this is a must-attend event for its many educational events and networking opportunities.
Future Guest Experience: Sept. 11-12, Henderson, NV. This conference gathers executives from a cross-section of the travel industry, including hotels, restaurants, casinos and airlines, to discuss the latest technology and strategies for driving guest engagement.
The Lodging Conference: Sept. 23 to 26, Phoenix. Book early if you’re planning to attend this annual industry confab as it typically sells out. The conference attracts top executives, including presidents and CEOs and offers a variety of panel sessions and discussions that examine hotel development, finance, franchising, management, operations, construction and design.
Direct Booking Summit Americas: Oct. 23-24, Miami. The two-day conference offers discussions, panels, workshops and other educational opportunities dedicated entirely to the topic of direct bookings.
The Annual Hotel Conference: Oct. 9 to 10, Manchester, UK. This year will mark the 16th iteration of this annual event, with the 2019 theme of “Innovate to Elevate.” A variety of keynote speakers, interactive workshops, debates and panel discussions make this one of the U.K.’s key hotel industry conferences.
HX: The Hotel Experience: Nov. 10-11, New York City. This is one of the hotel industry’s largest annual gatherings as it attracts more than 7,200 attendees, including hotel owners, general managers and hotel operators, from 2,800 companies across over 50 countries. All aspects of hotel business, from investment and development to human resources and hotel design are discussed across general sessions, breakout sessions, panel discussions and a trade show.
TopHotelWorldTour: Nov. 12, New York City. Part of a series of one-day conferences that take place around the globe, TopHotelWorldTour offers keynote speakers who address industry issues that range from hotel development to local market analysis.