Industry Events


Industry Events

We created this handy guide of 38 more of the top event planning and meeting management conferences to have on your radar for 2020, organized by month:

Event Service Professionals Association (ESPA) 2020 Annual Conference

January 10-12, 2020 | Denver, Colorado

The ESPA Annual Conference brings together event service professionals for education opportunities and networking. Learn through peer networking, featured speakers and multiple breakout sessions while earning continuing education credit.

National Association for Catering & Event (NACE) Evolve Leadership Conference

January 24-27, 2020 | W Hotel, Dallas TX 

Learn from industry leaders, explore new trends and attend sessions that explore the latest in events management, technology and design.

Association of Destination Management Executives International (ADMEI) Annual Conference

January 30 – February 1, 2020 | San Juan, Puerto Rico

ADMEI's Annual Conference brings together DMC owners, sales, and operations staff from around the world to engage in networking events, tailored education and an awards program for DMCs and their professionals.

Destination Showcase

February 5, 2020 | Washington D.C.

Destinations International and PCMA have combined their expertise to create a valuable one-day business events experience for key decision-makers and community leaders who design business events or represent convention and visitors bureaus (CVB) or destination organizations.

Startup Grind Global Conference

February 11-12, 2020 | Silicon Valley, California

There’s something for everyone at this event that brings together 10,000+ people from around the globe for two days of non-stop education, inspiration, and invaluable networking spanning 10 stages, 100+ sessions and fun social events.


February 12-13, 2020 | Vilnius, Lithuania

Not to be confused with PCMA’s Convene Magazine, Convene brings together industry professionals who plan, influence and manage meetings, incentives and conferences through a hosted buyer program, exhibitors and specialized suppliers.

Open education sessions include expert speakers, value-generating workshops, fresh ideas and networking opportunities. 

International Confex

February 25-26, 2020 | ExCeL London

International Confex is the UK's leading event for organisers of both national and international events.

Confex is renowned for its free-to-attend educational program packed with thought-provoking seminars and debates. Handpicked speakers share industry trends and insights to enhance professional skills and provide best practice solutions to implement for your next event.

Social Media Marketing World

March 1-3, 2020 | San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA

Take your event’s social media strategy to the next level by learning from more than 100 of the world’s top pros who specialize in marketing with Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Messenger, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, along with social strategy, social advertising, content marketing, video marketing, analytics and customer advocacy.

Hotel, Restaurant and Catering (HRC) Show

March 3-5, 2020 | ExCeL London

Combining the Professional Kitchen Show, The Foodservice Show, Interiors & Tabletop Show and the Hospitality Tech Show, HRC provides a platform for restaurants, hotels, pubs, casual dining and contract caterers to meet, review and source from a wide range of event industry suppliers. 

International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York

March 8-10, 2020 | New York, New York

Co-located with Health Food Expo New York and Coffee Fest, The International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York is the only all-encompassing event in New York serving the restaurant and foodservice industry. 

Attend special events including the Food Trends Experience, The Pub, Culinary Demonstration Theater, Japan Pavilion, Pride of New York/Taste NY, Gourmet Way and U.S. Pastry Competition. 

CBI Pharma Forum 2020

March 8-11, 2020 | New York, New York

Healthcare and pharma meeting management professionals meet up at Pharma Forum for education and relationship-building exercises. 

This conference provides time to network with others involved in biotech and health industry events management, including hoteliers and suppliers.

The Special Event (TSE) co-located with Catersource

March 9-12, 2020 | Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada

TSE and Catersource are coming together for the first time in 2020, giving attendees a 100,000-square-foot show floor featuring a broad array of suppliers and brand activations including decór, lighting, entertainment, food and beverage, technology, business services, tableware and linens, kitchen equipment and transportation.

The combined event will also include an expanded conference program for event professionals, venue managers, chefs, caterers, restaurateurs and business owners, featuring immersive and expert-led sessions ranging from professional certification to sales and marketing strategies and artistic food presentation. 


March 13-22, 2020 | Austin, Texas 

Featuring a variety of tracks that allow attendees to explore what’s next in the worlds of film, culture, music, and technology, SXSW is the ultimate learning experience bringing together diverse topics and people.

Keynotes, featured speakers and sessions span a mind-blowing 22 tracks, meaning there is something for everyone here – not to mention the opportunity to get inspired from the ever-expanding experiential activations. 


April 27-30, 2020 | Fairmont Princess Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Arizona

HT-NEXT is a collaborative experience lead by Hospitality Technology magazine and HTNG. Together, the two organizations created HT-NEXT as a platform for networking, education, and results-focused working sessions to help hoteliers explore new tech solutions.


May 6, 2020 | Old Billingsgate, London, England

Hypergrowth is an up-and-coming event that brings together the next generation of leaders to share strategies for building, selling and marketing products in a customer-centric world. 

Experiential Marketing Summit by Event Marketer

May 11-13, 2020 | McCormick Place Convention Center, Chicago, Illinois

In 2019, the long-running Experiential Marketing Summit merged with EVENTtech to become the ultimate training conference on experiential marketing. With dedicated EventTech sessions, an all-new EventTech Village featuring tech test-drives, tech tours, tech chats plus more than 80 EMS sessions on event trends, case studies and best practices this conference provides plenty of opportunities to learn, grow your network and meet industry pros from around the globe.


May 19-20, 2020 | Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, National Harbor, MD

A two-day business-focused experience for association professionals and their key partners. ASAE’s Xperience Design Project (XDP) is the place where event ideas are born and converted into action.


May 27-29, 2020 | Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Named best conference four years running, C2 combines progressive and inspiring content in a highly creative, festival-like setting. 

Attendees are challenged to break new boundaries by C2’s carefully chosen speakers who are trailblazers, disruptors, entrepreneurial icons and emerging new talents who lead participants in hands-on workshops and masterclasses.

MPI World Education Congress 2020

June 6-9, 2020 | Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center, Grapevine, Texas

WEC is MPI’s signature event that delivers premier education, business and networking opportunities in North America. It attracts more than 2,000 attendees annually, including corporate, third party, and association planners, suppliers, students, industry faculty and more.

Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition & Conference (HFTP)

June 15-18, 2020 | Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas

This large hospitality technology show brings together bright minds and technology suppliers from around the world to in one place for education and a tech expo showcasing the latest industry products and solutions.


June 22-25, 2020 | Enercare Centre, Toronto, Canada

Having grown to over 30,000 attendees, Collision is the fastest growing tech conference in North America that brings together the people and companies redefining the global tech industry. 

Meetings Show

June 24-25, 2020 | Olympia, London. England

Launched in 2013, the Meetings Show welcomes more than 5,000 attendees and 750 exhibitors from the UK and around the world, including hotels, luxury hotels, destinations, destination management companies, conference centres, venues and technology suppliers.

Destinations International Annual Convention

July 13-15, 2020 | Chicago, IL

As the premier event for destination professionals, Destinations International Annual Convention provides a unique opportunity for destination organizations to connect with and learn from peers and thought leaders from inside and outside the industry. 

CEMA Summit

July 26-28, 2020 | JW Marriott, Nashville, Tennessee 

At the CEMA Summit, you’ll gain the knowledge, insights and tools needed to thrive in the rapidly evolving event marketing industry. Hear speakers share their secrets to success, engage in plenty of peer-to-peer knowledge exchange, and collaborate with the brightest minds in the industry to develop new strategies and innovative approaches. 

International Association of Venue Managers VenueConnect

July 26-29, 2020 | Long Beach, California

VenueConnect hosts more than 2,000 professionals from public assembly venues including arenas, convention centers, amphitheaters, fairgrounds, performing arts centers, stadiums, universities, and more. VentureConnect provides targeted education, and brings attendees together to create valuable professional connections, explore new and innovative ideas in the venue management industry, tour venues across all sectors and learn from leaders in the field.

ASAE Annual Meeting

August 8-11, 2020 | Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada

The ASAE Annual Meeting is where thousands of association professionals and industry partners gather to exchange time, resources, strategies, solutions and more.

Over three days of learning, growing and finding inspiration, attendees are equipped with a year’s worth of support in their daily responsibilities as leaders in the association industry.


Aug. 17-19, 2020 | New Orleans, LA

Connect brings together the most active planners, suppliers and experts across six meetings and events industry markets: Corporate, Association, Specialty, Expo, Tour and Sports. 

Attendees gain experience to advance their careers and business through professional development and meetings excellence. The ConnecTECH Showcase brings more than 25 experiential event technology exhibitors to showcase their products for you to see, touch and feel how they can take your event to the next level.


August 18-21, 2020 | Boston, MA

While this event began as a user conference, it’s grown into an annual extravaganza of big-name professionals and break-out industry thinkers, tons of networking opportunities and education sessions all designed to bring more creativity and inspiration to all aspects of your work.  

IMEX America

September 15-17, 2020 | Las Vegas, Nevada

Gain insight from trade experts and explore creative solutions through small group sessions, one-on-one discussions, interactive meetings, and classroom-style seminars. Connect with corporate executives and leaders in the meetings industry over four days.

Future Festival World Summit

September 15-17, 2020 | Toronto, CA

Wondering what the latest trends are and how to stay ahead of them? Future Festival is a unique trends and innovation program that draws like-minded disruptors from around the world to come together for three days of immersive, engaging presentations designed to unlock your creativity. 

Content Marketing World

October 13-16, 2020 | Huntington Convention Center, Cleveland, OH

Wondering how to use a content marketing strategy with your events? Attend Content Marketing World to learn from some the best and brightest content marketing minds. Topics include strategy, storytelling, ROI, demand generation, AI and more, and draws 3,700+ attendees from over 50 countries. 

International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Congress

November 1-4, 2020 | Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei

With a custom-designed education program for senior industry event professionals, ICCA draws nearly 1,000 attendees with it’s networking, innovative use of technology, comprehensive 3-day education program and mix of content designed to stimulate strategic thinking. 

HX Experience Show

November 8-9, 2020 | Javits Convention Center, New York, New York

HX conference is a two-day, high-impact educational program with dozens of breakouts focused on Food & Beverage, Leadership, Technology, Development, Finance and Operations. 

Attendees also enjoy complimentary educational sessions on-stage and in the Foodservice Pioneering Concept area on the trade show floor.

IBTM World

December 1-3, 2020 | Barcelona, Spain

For over 30 years, IBTM World has been providing the global community with the inspiration, business connections and content needed to create world-class events for your customers.

Join 15,000+ industry professionals at this event that features networking, knowledge sessions, an Exploratory Zone and more. 

IAEE Expo! Expo!

December 8-10, 2020 | Kentucky International Convention Center, Louisville, Kentucky

IAEE's Annual Meeting & Exhibition is the “show for shows.” Exhibition and events industry professionals attend this premier conference to learn about the latest industry trends and technology and network with like-minded professionals. 

Digital Summit

2020 Locations and Dates Vary

Get inspired and learn digital marketing best practices, latest trends and strategy to apply to your events and meetings in this road show series of events. 

Northstar Meetings Group Hosted-Buyer Events

2020 Locations and Dates Vary

Northstar Meetings Group's hosted-buyer events enable you to experience first-hand the most desirable destinations, hotels, and activities for successful meetings and incentive programs, connecting you with top suppliers, inspiring speakers and fellow colleagues.

Smart Meetings Hosted-Buyer Events

2020 Locations and Dates Vary

Smart Meetings events provide meeting planners and suppliers with the opportunity to meet with targeted prospects. Qualified meeting planners who have active RFPs can network with suppliers while planners can convene with preferred hotels and destinations. 

Event attendees will enjoy informative and entertaining educational sessions, expert speakers and networking sessions.