Hey, fellow travel industry pros! You’re probably as excited as we are that in-person industry events are back, and so your agenda is sure to be jam-packed with exciting conferences and summits! With so many options out there, though, deciding which events to attend and which to pass up this year can be quite difficult. So, we’ve checked out some of the best travel and tourism conferences happening in 2023 – check out our shortlist below!
18 – 23 January, 2023
A melting pot of travel professionals, attending Fitur 2023 is the perfect way to start the New Year. Fitur is the leading trade fair for Latin America’s domestic and export markets, focusing on topics such as the future of technology and business in tourism and destination management, cruises, the impact of the LGBT+ community, internationalization and more. This year’s key talking points will focus on strengthening travel and tourism in a post-pandemic world and will primarily be directed at hotel chains, travel agents, tour operators and other technology companies.
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February 4 – 6, 2023 – Washington DC
March 4th – 5th, 2023 – San Francisco Bay Area
March 25 – 26, 2023 – atlantaGeorgia
Hailed as America’s favorite travel trade show, it is the ultimate destination for travel agencies and other players in the tourism industry to connect directly with travelers. Visitors attend this event to discover new vacation destinations, talk to your operators and global travel providers, and get the most up-to-date advice and information related to travel offered. It is the ultimate travel industry event in North America that creates a direct connection between the industry and the consumer.
March 7-9, 2023
Bringing together key players in the global travel industry in Berlin, ITB 2023 promises to bring together countless exhibitors, speakers and industry leaders. The event follows several categories including business travel, adventure travel, destination, hospitality, luxury travel, medical tourism, travel technology and more. Whether you’re looking for networking opportunities or learning from some of the top travel players within the sector, this is the place to be in 2023.
31st March – 3rd April, 2023
This is a B2B leisure travel agency-focused event that allows professionals to meet supplier partners, connect with travel’s most sought-after brands and mingle with industry peers. Hosted at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, this is a premier event for travel agents to attend roundtable panel discussions, participate in educational sessions and network with hundreds of like-minded professionals. And what could be more exciting than attending an event about travel in one of the most visited cities in the country?
3rd – 5th April, 2023
Cape Town, South Africa
For anyone trying to make their mark in the African travel industry, WTM is undoubtedly the conference to be. This event gives participants the opportunity to generate new leads, launch products, enter new markets, increase brand awareness and more. Over 6000 travel industry professionals attend the show each year, helping Africa’s travel businesses accelerate commercial success, grow, network and more. This event is part of a larger flagship event including the WTM London and Arabian Travel Market Show (see below).
1st – 4th May,
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
If you are looking to unlock the potential of the travel and tourism business in the Middle East, the Arabian Travel Market Show is an event you cannot miss. Big names in accommodation, hospitality, destinations, attractions and more will be in attendance, sharing their unique perspectives and insights into the industry and region. The 2023 edition of the event will focus on working towards net zero and explore sustainable travel trends that will define travel business strategies going forward.
19 – 22 June, 2023
Appropriately hosted at the luxurious Marina Bay Sands Hotel, the 2023 ILTM Asia Pacific Conference will connect luxury travel brands from across the region. With pre-scheduled appointments, educational sessions and parties, this is going to be more than a trade show – it’s going to be an unexpected experience. The 4-day expo will see around 600 brands present, as well as 580 travel advisors and 90 editors face off for an invaluable show. Whether you’re looking to forge new partnerships, reconnect with old networks, or get up to speed on what’s happening in the sector, ILTM Asia Pacific’s got it all.
28 – 29 June, 2023
Looking for a place to meet visionaries, disruptors and innovators in the travel market? Then look no further than Business Travel Show Europe! This annual conference brings together some of the world’s leading travel and tourism professionals to share their insights through keynote speeches on topics such as sustainable travel, diversity, behavioral economics, traveler management and more.
At the networking event, past speakers and attendees have included representatives from Laden BTN Group, Virgin Atlantic, Capgemini, Leonardo UK, EY, and Siemens.
July 18-20, 2023
It’s undeniable that the past few years have been challenging for anyone working with destination companies. From global pandemics to social unrest to budget cuts, the destination management landscape has undergone a radical change. Industry professionals looking for post-pandemic recovery solutions would do well to attend the Destinations International Annual Convention 2023, where such topics will be discussed in detail. Get your hands on a ticket now for a chance to connect with peers, learn more about the industry and gain new insights.
12 – 13 September, 2023
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Are you looking to reimagine the travel customer journey? The Digital Travel Summit is an event for travel executives from hotels, OTAs, airlines and transportation companies to share real-world insights on enhancing personalization and improving their online strategies. Past speakers have included experts from companies such as American Airlines, Expedia Group, Virgin Voyages, Universal Parks & Resorts, Legoland and IHG Hotels & Resorts, just to name a few. What are you waiting for? Visit Hilton Head Island for an unparalleled learning experience.