The Top Travel and Tourism Conferences to Attend in 2022

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To get your tour or activity business on the path to recovery you need to be proactive and come up with innovative approaches and ideas. Part of it includes consistently growing your industry knowledge and your network. And what’s a better way to achieve this than attending tourism industry events and trade shows?

Trade fairs and conferences are among the best ways to meet with other travel professionals and expand your knowledge of the latest trends and challenges facing the industry.

Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic has heavily affected global tourism events. This pointed to the need for adopting new practices and technologies in the future. 

Thankfully, the industry has managed to quickly respond to the rapidly-evolving situation by utilizing digital tools and other available resources. As a result, new forms of events emerged during the series of lockdowns. 

Hosts and organisers are now prepared to offer a mix of virtual, physical, and hybrid events depending on the measures in place. They also appreciate the importance of a sustainable, eco-friendly, and safe environment more than ever.

This gives us an optimistic view when looking ahead at the upcoming global tourism events in 2022. So we listed the top trade shows and conferences to attend next year, sorted by date. 

If you’re a small or middle-sized tour/activity operator, then these events are especially good for you since you will have the chance to attend keynote sessions and learn from leading industry experts.

Have a read-through and plan things to look forward to. We encourage you to book your tickets on time because some of the fairs allow only a limited number of people due to the social distancing measures.

March

Arival 360 Berlin

6 – 8  March 2022, Berlin, Germany, in-person and online event

Website: https://arival.travel/event/berlin-2022/ 

Arival 360 Berlin is a 3-day event aimed at all sellers and organisers of tours, activities, and attractions. A fantastic chance to meet other professionals from this sector. You will learn, network, and find out effective ways of promoting your services locally and globally. 

Arival Berlin is a conference you need to attend if you are planning to connect with industry peers and create new partnerships. The 2022 edition comes with a promise: “You’ll shake hands. You’ll hug. You’ll debate. You’ll collaborate. You’ll leave feeling better about your future”.

Head over to their website to explore the program overview and find out who the 2022 speakers are.

Also, don’t miss the chance to enjoy their Early Bird discount through 17 December 2021. It saves you almost 50% of the standard rate! 

ITB Berlin: The World’s Leading Travel Trade Show

9 – 13 March 2022, Berlin, Germany

Website: https://www.itb-berlin.com/ITBBerlin/

ITB Berlin has been named the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show for a reason. Providers from 180 countries use this leading B2B platform to present their latest products and services to the world. 

ITB Berlin is a unique opportunity to explore cultures, destinations, and professional practices within a few days. It is the best business platform to visit if you are looking to network with specialists from all over the world. 

Similar to other travel trade shows, safeguarding visitors’ health will be the top priority for the 2022 edition of ITB Berlin. The organisers plan a hybrid in-person and virtual event to make ITB Berlin a real worldwide experience again.

Detailed information on ITB Berlin can be found on their website and about ITB Convention at https://www.itb.com/en/itb-kongress/. Keep in mind that booking visitor tickets in advance will save you up to €20.

PATA Annual Summit 2022

21 – 24 March 2022, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE

Website: https://www.pata.org/calendar/pata-annual-summit-2022 

PATA Annual Summit 2022 is one of Asia Pacific’s top educational and networking events in the field of travel and tourism. It will gather professionals and specialists to collaborate and share their industry knowledge. 

The aim of this year’s conference is to reconnect people from the travel community by offering a face-to-face networking opportunity. The promise of the organisers is to help you get inspired and gain practical solutions on how to rebuild travellers’ trust. You will also uncover the latest trends in sustainable travel and use the insights to align your brand with what travellers are looking for.

This video will give you a glimpse into the conference format and agenda. 

Rendez-Vous en France Travel

22 – 23 March 2022, Nantes, France

Website: https://www.rendezvousenfrance.pro/en

The Rendez-vous en France travel is the first French international trade show. The event takes place in Nantes and the Atlantic Loire Valley region and is aimed at all French-based tour and travel business professionals. Attendants can meet exciting new contacts and suppliers face to face while exploring some great possibilities for developing and promoting their products. 

There will be a limited number of visitors so make sure to check their website for updates on the event date and book on time.

Travel Technology Initiative

24 March 2022, Holiday Inn London – Kensington Forum – Zoom, London, UK

Website: https://www.tti.org/

Similar to Travel Technology Europe, the TTI conference is one of the leading events hosting the big travel tech names. You will meet some expert speakers that share useful advice on the innovative technological trends in the travel industry.

Visiting TTI is a great way to keep up to date with the latest developments and achieve transformation for growth. This year’s conference will be all about the latest digital technology and trends that may affect business profitability. 

To become a member of TTI or visit their all-year-round conferences and forums, visit https://www.tti.org/membership/

April

B Travel Trade Show

1 – 3 April 2022, Barcelona, Spain

Website: https://www.b-travel.com/en/

B Travel Trade Show Barcelona is definitely one of the must-visits in 2022. You will gain useful business insight by visiting the series of debates on the latest issues in tourism.

B Travel Trade Show is a platform for world-class products and ideas, visited by thousands of people each year. Travel professionals from a number of different sectors are there to socialise and share their experiences and solutions. The majority of them represent the below: 

  • Official Tourism Bodies
  • Accommodation Offering
  • Travel Agencies and Wholesalers
  • Transport Companies
  • Cultural Tourism – Leisure
  • Industrial Tourism
  • Travel Complements
  • Press
  • Formation and Tourist Services
  • Nautical Tourism
  • Camping and Caravanning
  • Active Tourism
  • Online Tourism
  • Gastronomy
  • Gay Tourism and LGTB friendly
  • Porta del Desert
  • Mad Travellers
  • Cruises
  • Sports Tourism
  • Sustainable Tourism
  • Wine Tourism
  • Technology / Apps

Last but not least, at B Travel you will enjoy some exciting activities inspired by different cultures. For example, at B-Industrial you are able to discover the history, technological and social evolution, and the transformation of a destination.

The Top Travel and Tourism Conferences to Attend in 2022

If you wish to take part as an exhibitor or visit the show, then register your interest in advance!

The Advantage Conference

29 April – 2 May 2022, Madeira, Portugal

Website: https://advantageconference.co.uk/

The Advantage Conference goes far beyond the usual boring agenda. It is offering an exceptional selection of unique experiences to its visitors. A great opportunity for anyone from travel consultants to escape room owners to learn the latest sector needs and creative solutions while having an amazing time.

Despite its educational character, the conference also offers a variety of exciting leisure and entertainment activities. The agenda includes excursions, welcome parties, dinners, networking sessions, morning golf tournaments, along with valuable conference sessions.

The Advantage Conference will challenge and inspire by showcasing some evocative speakers, as well as hosting networking events where you can share experiences and establish useful business relations. 

For everyone interested, registration will open soon at https://advantageconference.co.uk/madeira-2022/ 

May

ICFTDM 2022

5 – 6 May 2022, Singapore, Singapore

Website: https://waset.org/food-tourism-and-destination-marketing-conference-in-may-2022-in-singapore 

This International Conference on Food, Tourism and Destination Marketing is bringing together a range of diverse scholarly events. It is showcasing the valuable works of students, academics, and industry researchers. 

Mainly focusing on industry insight, data, and ideas, the conference is aimed at those looking to expand their knowledge and understanding of a range of professional practices.

Part of the conference will be a number of presentations on innovative marketing approaches in the fields of food, travel, and tourism. The exact program and continuation haven’t been confirmed yet, as the organisers are still accepting proposals and work by interested speakers and participants. 

Make sure to submit your paper by December 23, 2021, if you want to take part in the 2022 edition of the conference. Also, check their special journal issue on Food, Tourism, and Destination Marketing.

International Luxury Travel Market Arabia

9 – 10 May 2022, Dubai, UAE

Website: https://www.iltm.com/arabia/en-gb.html 

The ILTM Arabia conferences are particularly aimed at buyers and investors looking to attract Middle East travelers to their destinations. Their exclusive events showcase a selection of the ultimate luxury travel brands. You will get the chance to see their creative approaches to success and brand development.  

ILTM recognise the importance of face-to-face communication in the region. That’s why they provide the perfect platform for meeting new clients, generating leads, and establishing relationships with unique brands.

If you want to discover a new business or to forge new friendships, then don’t forget to make a buyer, exhibitor, or media inquiry.

June

Skift Forum

June 2022, Singapore, Singapore, in-person and online event

Website: https://live.skift.com/skift-asia-summit/ 

The Skift Travel Show is among the top creative business events in the global travel industry happening worldwide. Especially aimed at travel professionals, Skift forum speakers represent the leading industry innovators. Among them, the CEOs of Delta, Marriot International, JetBlue, and many others.

Skift are providing essential industry and marketing insight concerning the key sectors of travel. The forum is attended by over 14,000 people. It is a platform for a range of talks, panels, workshops, and entrepreneurs that will inspire your creative strategies.

The Top Travel and Tourism Conferences to Attend in 2022

The 2022 Skift summit will focus on Asia and its recovery. The hybrid event will explore Asia’s role in the global travel industry going forward and how leaders are strategizing for the road ahead.

Tickets are selling fast so secure your attendance here!

Travel Tech Show (previously Travel Technology Europe)

29 – 30 June 2022,  ExCeL, London, England

Website: https://traveltech-show.com/ 

The 2022 in-person edition of Travel Tech Show will be one of the top global exhibitions to visit this year. The event, which usually takes place on three continents, will now bring them together by mixing face-to-face meetings, content, and networking.

This is a short, two-day conference with many attendees among which are online travel agencies, tour operators, hotels, airlines, destination management companies, and others. You will meet industry leaders and learn new ways of improving what you do.

The long list of previous attendees include:

  • Eurostar
  • Expedia Group
  • Jet2.com & Jet2holidays
  • National Express Coach Ltd.
  • Philip Morris International
  • PwC
  • Rakuten Group
  • Skyscanner
  • Trans Arabian Lufthansa City Center
  • Tripadvisor
  • TUI Group

Register your interest to exhibit or sign up for show updates today!

August

GBTA Conference 2022

14 – 17 August 2022, San Diego, CA

Website: https://www.gbta.org/calendar/all-programs/eventid/1234/e/gbta_convention_2022-14-08-2022 

The European edition of the GBTA Conference is taking place in San Diego this year. It is one of the top 2022 travel conferences for B2B exposure, named the world’s largest business travel conference. It will help you learn about the latest trends in tourism, and make valuable new connections.

At the GBTA Conference, you will meet over 400 exhibiting companies to find sustainable solutions for your business. You will also get the chance to get your brand seen and evaluated by expert professionals from within the field. Hurry up and sign up for GBTA Convention 2022 updates here.

September

IAAPA Expo (previously IAAPA Attractions Expo)

12 – 15 September 2022, ExCel, London, UK

Website: https://www.iaapa.org/expos/iaapa-expo-europe/iaapa-expo-europe-2022 

IAAPA Expo is the premier leisure industry event. It is happening in various locations worldwide. This year’s European edition is taking place in London on the following days:

  • Conference: September 12 – 15
  • Trade Show: September 13 – 15

Industry professionals from around the world are visiting the event to learn about the next big thing in the attractions industry. A unique opportunity for all of them to meet and get inspired for creating innovations. 

The IAAPA Expo goes beyond the limits of an exhibition – it is a proper theme park experience. 

Everything you need to know about IAAPA’s global Expos can be found on their website.

October

The Travel Convention

October 2022, Marrakesh, Morocco

Website: https://www.abta.com/news/abta-announces-plans-2021-and-2022-travel-conventions 

The Travel Convention 2022 is a flagship event for the travel industry. It offers a range of promotional opportunities, business programs, tours, and excursions. The convention will be visited by hundreds of senior professionals looking to share experiences and learn tips for success while enjoying an exotic destination.

The 2022 convention will take place in Marrakesh, Morocco and will be attended by professionals with different backgrounds. From managing directors, CEOs, marketing specialists, to tour operators, hotel managers, and airline representatives, everyone is welcome to register and visit the Travel Convention. 

November 

WTM London 

7 – 9 November 2022, ExCel, London, UK

Website: https://www.wtm.com/london/en-gb.html 

WTM London is a conference introducing the biggest destinations and brands in the world. It is the modern hub of travel ideas and insight that also shares industry forecasts and research data. 

The conference will be an inspiring experience for business owners and professionals looking for new ideas. Top speakers, entrepreneurs, and leading figures from a variety of sectors will be there to meet with visitors and share their experiences.

For those of you interested to exhibit, register your interest via their inquiry form.

Conclusion

Visiting any of the conferences and events featured on our list will be a valuable experience for you as a professional or a business owner.  

The conferences are giving you the chance to share and discuss ideas, as well as present your products and services if you decide to attend as an exhibitor. You will have the unique opportunity to see and learn some amazing travel industry innovations and practices that can help you do better in your own field.

We highly recommend booking your ticket in advance as some of them sell really quickly and you might have to wait until next year. Also, rest assured – organisers and exhibitors are prepared to adapt most conferences to virtual events should this be necessary. With this in mind, they have also updated the cancellation policies to provide you with the freedom and assurances needed during the pandemic.

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