9 Events and Trade Fairs in Europe Every Tour Operator Should Attend This Year
According to Phocuswright, the travel activities market is expected to reach $183 Billion by 2020 (The market has reached $135 billion in 2016).
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 on the latest trends and technologies.
To make your life easier, we listed the top tourism industry events 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.
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When: 23-27 January
Where: Madrid, Spain
Topic: FITUR is a global meeting point for tourism professionals and the leading trade fair for inbound and outbound Ibero American markets.
On the 23rd January, thousands of tourism professionals will gather in Madrid for the 39th tourism trade fair. Last year, the event had record participation with 10,190 exhibiting companies from 165 countries/regions.
Our experts will be at the event to show our award-winning booking software to interested operators. If you’re also there, let us know if you want to arrange a one-on-one meeting with us.
You can easily follow what people share about the event by typing #Fitur2019 on social media platforms. That way, you’ll never miss an important update.
When: 4-5 March
Where: Berlin, Germany
Topic: Any company that offers day tours, activities, attractions and experiences can benefit from attending the Arival event.
It’s the event dedicated to advancing the business of creating amazing in-destination experiences. If you are involved with the Tours, Activities & Attractions industry, then you shouldn’t miss it.
In case you did not secure your attendance yet, you can get a discounted ticket until 31st January.
On the 4th of March, at 17.30 don’t miss the workshop from our CEO on the topic of “Direct Online Bookings: Tracking & Conversion”.
You can follow #arivalevent to see all the updates before and after the event.
When: 6-10 March
Where: Berlin, Germany
Topic: The ITB Berlin is the world’s largest tourism trade fair.
Make sure to plan your trip to Berlin in March for a bit longer. Just after the Arival event, ITB Berlin will take over the spotlights.As every year, we will not be missing this fair. You can visit our booth at Hall 4.1 during the event to learn more about our award-winning software.( Find us @Stand 239)
And this year, as a bonus, we will be having a panel discussion on the topic of “Destinations” with best case presentations. Be sure to visit eTravel Lab ( at Hall 7) on the first day to hear more from our CEO.
If you want to arrange a one-on-one meeting with us, feel free to send us an email.
Rendez-vous en France
When: 19 -20 March
Where: Marseille, France
Topic: Rendez-vous en France is an event mainly dedicated to the French tourism market.
On this two-day event, you will get the unique opportunity to meet over 900 tour operators worldwide.
Up the Game
When: 7-8 May
Where: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Topic: UTG is the International Escape Room and Real Life Gaming Conference.
If you’re an escape room/exit game provider, you should add this event to your agenda.
Also, if you consider attending, we’ll be there to exhibit our software so let us know if you want to arrange a meeting with us.
You can also check our article on the escape game market to learn more about this space.
Feel free to follow #UTG2019 on social media since all the attendees, speakers and organizers will be sharing live updates during the event.
IAAPA Expo Europe
When: 16 -19 September
Where: Paris, France
Topic: The leisure industry’s premier event in Europe.
Formerly known as Euro Attractions Show (EAS), IAAPA Expo is going to bring thousands of tourism professionals together in the tourism capital of the world.
IAAPA Expo Europe 2019 will be an all-encompassing destination for leisure and attractions industry professionals, including operators, suppliers, manufacturers, investors, developers, and anyone wishing to engage with the global amusement community.
More than 14,000 industry professionals are expected to attend.
When: 17 -18 September
Where: Cologne, Germany
Topic: Leading B2B Congress in the travel and mobility industry.
During the two days of FVW Congress, you can meet the decision-makers of the German Travel & Tourism industry.
IFTM Top Resa
When: 1-4 October
Where: Paris, France
Topic: International tourism industry show bringing professionals involved in outbound tourism together.
Just after IAAPA Expo in September, Paris will again host another big event.
Only last year, 32,480 tourism and travel industry professionals visited IFTM Top Resa. Exhibitors and visitors vary from cruise operators to tourist offices.
When: 4-6 November
Where: London, UK
Topic: WTM London is a vibrant must attend B2B travel event, it is the leading global event for the travel industry.
Last year, almost 5,000 exhibiting companies took part at World Travel Market London to showcase their destinations, products, and services.
WTM London brings together over 50,000 global travel trade professionals under one roof every year to find new contacts, discuss business for the next year, and share knowledge to move the industry forward.
Besides those 9 events, there are, of course, more tourism industry events and trade shows that will take place in 2019.
Let us know which ones we should also include in our list and make sure to send us an email to secure a meeting with us in any of the mentioned events.