The Top Travel and Tourism Conferences to Attend in 2020

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According to Phocuswright,  the travel activities market is expected to reach $183 Billion in 2020.

The tours and activities market is definitely on the rise so it’s no surprise that everybody wants a piece of that market.  

To get ahead, it’s important to consistently grow your industry knowledge and your network. And what’s a better way to achieve this than tourism industry events and trade shows?

Trade fairs and events are the best way to meet with other travel professionals and expand your knowledge of the latest trends and technologies.

To make your life easier, we listed the top travel and tourism conferences to attend this 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 book your tickets because they are definitely going fast! 

February

Travel Technology Europe

26 – 27 February 2020, Olympia, London

Website: https://www.traveltechnologyeurope.com/

The 17th edition of TTE will be one of the top travel conferences to visit this year. Over 60 speakers and 90 exhibitors will share the latest products and technological developments in the ever-growing industry of travel. 

This is a short, two-day conference with over 5000 attendees. 42 conference sessions will cover a wide range of topics. You will meet industry leaders and learn new ways of improving what you do.

The long list of visitors include:

  • Booking.com
  • British Airways
  • Eurostar
  • Google
  • Jet2.com
  • Lufthansa Group
  • National Express
  • PwC
  • Skyscanner
  • Tripadvisor
  • TUI
  • Virgin Holidays

Register or book a stand here.

March

Arival Berlin

1 – 3  March 2020, Berlin, Germany 

Website: https://www.arivalevent.com/berlin-2020/

The ultimate event aimed at all sellers and organizers 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 grow your business. It takes place only 2 days before ITB Berlin so plan your time in advance!

A glimpse into Arival Berlin 

Rendez-Vous en France Travel

24 – 25  March 2020, France

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

The 15th edition of Rendez-vous en France Travel Market will take place in Nantes and the Atlantic Loire Valley region. The event is aimed at all French-based tour and travel business professionals with a valid license. They can meet exciting new contacts and suppliers face to face over the course of 2 days. 

The event has a limit of 900 visitors so head over to their website and secure your attendance soon. 

ITB Berlin: The World’s Leading Travel Trade Show

4 – 8 March 2020, 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. The show hosts over 180,000 visitors that enjoy events, exhibitions and exciting offers.

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. You will learn the latest travel industry trends, establish important business contacts, or even plan your next big trip.

Detailed information on ITB Berlin can be found at their website and about ITB Convention at www.itb-convention.com. Keep in mind that booking visitor tickets in advance will save you between €20 – €30 if you do so in advance. 

IBT Global 

ITB Global stands for the brand that keeps the world of the travel business and shows under one hat. Running from March until October, ITB is not solely limited to ITB Berlin. Their shows take place all over the globe to reveal the future travel and tourism trends to the industry.

Their conferences are taking place in 3 more destinations this year. 

ITB India: 15 17 April 2020

Next ITB China: 13 15 May 2020 

ITB Asia: 21 23 October 2020

Skift Forum

24 – 25 March 2020, Madrid, Spain

Website: https://forum.skift.com/

skift forum

The Skift Travel Show is among the top creative business events in the global travel industry happening in 2020. Especially aimed at travel professionals, Skift forum speakers represent the leading industry innovators. Among them, the CEOs of Delta, Marriot, TripAdvisor, Hyatt, and many others.

Skift are providing essential industry and marketing insight concerning the key sectors of travel. The forum is attended by over 6000 people. It is a platform for a range of talks, panels, workshops, and entrepreneurs that will inspire your creative strategies.

Tickets are selling fast so secure your spot here!

Travel Technology Initiative

26 March 2020, London, England

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. 

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

B Travel Trade Show

27 – 29 March 2020, Barcelona, Spain

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

B Travel Trade Show Barcelona is definitely one of the must-visits this year. A place where everyone can establish contacts with other professionals. 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 socialize 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 Caravaning
  • 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. Like B-Delicious where you are able to discover the world through its dishes, wines, and flavors for just 1€.

B Travel is a platform to over 300 exhibitors – check the full list.

April

International Luxury Travel Market Arabia

20 – 21 April 2020, Dubai

Website: https://www.iltm.com/

Also Cannes, Singapore, Sao Paulo, Shanghai, and Riviera Maya

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 are recognizing 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.

Submit a buyer or exhibitor inquiry, contact their dedicated team.

May

ICFTDM 2020: 14th International Conference on Food, Tourism and Destination Marketing

4 – 5 May 2020, Singapore

Website: https://waset.org/food-tourism-and-destination-marketing-conference-in-may-2020-in-singapore

This conference 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 organizers are still accepting proposals and work by interested speakers and participants. 

Check their special journal issue on Food, Tourism and Destination Marketing

The Advantage Conference

15 – 18 May 2020, Madeira, Portugal

Website: http://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 a travel consultant 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 the 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 is now open at http://advantageconference.co.uk/pricing/

IATA Global Training Conference

26 – 29 May 2020, Paris

Website: www.iata.org/en/events/gtc/

The IATA Global Training Conference 2020 is a dedicated training event for those working within the aviation industry. You will meet professionals and speakers with similar backgrounds to catch up on industry trends and address debatable topics like dangerous goods on board, diversity and inclusion, and competency-based training. 

The conference will give you the opportunity to network during the cocktail reception and a gala dinner awards night. It will all culminate with a tour of Paris so you have another reason to join them this May.

July

International Conference on Sustainable Tourism

8 – 10 July 2020, Madrid, Spain

Website: https://www.wessex.ac.uk/conferences/2020/sustainable-tourism-2020

Organized by: Wessex Institute

This research-led conference is organized by Wessex Institute to focus on the social and environmental impact of tourism. The conference is aiming to find ways to protect the natural and cultural landscape through the development of new sustainable solutions.

It will be visited by a large number of people looking to adopt more environmentally friendly professional practices and minimize the adverse effects of tourism.

Among the topics that will be covered are:

  • Environmental issues
  • Climate change
  • Heritage tourism
  • Marine and coastal areas of tourism
  • Sport tourism
  • Tourism impact
  • Tourism and protected areas
  • Ecotourism
  • Rural tourism
  • Education and tourism
  • Destination management
  • e-Tourism
  • Simulation models
  • Gastronomic tourism
  • Sustainability assessments
  • Tourism and nature

September

IFT Top Resa

22 – 25 September 2020, Paris

Website: https://www.iftm.fr/en-gb.html

IFTM Top Resa is a multi-segment trade show for the travel and tourism industries. As an exhibitor, you will have the amazing opportunity to boost your brand image and sales. 

For those of you that are only interested to visit, there will be exciting conference sessions and events. By attending, you will learn about the latest market trends and meet new suppliers.

The key figures of last year’s edition were pretty impressive – 34,000 visitors, 1,700 brands and 1,500 conference sessions.  

See the best of IFTM 2019

IAAPA Expo

28 – 30 September 2020, Barcelona, Spain

21 – 24 September 2020, London, England

Website: iaapa.org/expos/iaapa-expo/iaapa-expo-2020

IAAPA Expo is the Premier Global Attractions Industry event. It is happening in various locations worldwide. This year’s European editions are taking place in London and Barcelona.

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 with record attendance every year. In addition to all attractions, the show is displaying a number of exciting new facilities for the water park industry.

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

October

Vestnorden Travel Mart

6 – 8 October 2020, Iceland

Website: https://www.vestnorden.com/

Vestnorder is the top trade show for the North Atlantic region that definitely deserves your attention. This travel conference allows B2B trading and networking for all professionals from the travel industry. Buyers and exhibitors are welcome to register their interest on the conference website. 

The Travel Convention

5 – 7 October 2020, Marrakesh, Morocco 

The Travel Convention 2020  is a flagship event for the UK 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 2020 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 

2 – 4 November 2020, London

Website: https://london.wtm.com/

WTM London is a conference introducing 5000 of 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 motivational 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.

GBTA Conference 2020

3 – 5 November 2020, Frankfurt, Germany

Website: https://europeconference.gbta.org/

The European edition of the GBTA Conference is taking place in Frankfurt this year. It is one of the top 2020 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. 

PATA Destination Marketing Forum

25 – 27 November 2020, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia)

Website: https://www.pata.org/pdmf (Pacific Asia Travel Association)

PATA Destination Marketing Forum 2020 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 conference is to inspire new approaches to marketing less popular destinations in the region. 

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

To take a look at more exciting conferences and events happening around the world, have a read through this list.

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. You will not only add to your skillset but also, gain useful insight where you need it the most.  

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.

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