Hospitality conferences and expos are designed to ensure both your business and your career keep growing.  They provide opportunities for you to network and build long lasting connections with colleagues, suppliers, educators and potential future employers.

Take advantage of the educational part of the conferences to ensure you stay up to date with the latest trends, strategies and innovations.

Hotel conferences and trade shows also introduce you to suppliers and new products that can help grow your business and ensure you deliver the best experience for your guests.

Here are our list of the best hotel trade shows and conferences for 2018.

Connect, Learn, Inspire

Top 10 Hotel Conferences & Expos for 2018


Date: Dec 13 - 14
Location: Las Vegas, NV

Luxury hospitality's premier event returns for its 7th summit.  This event brings owners and operators to explore the future trends and innovation in luxury hospitality.  Taking place at the Four Seasons Las Vegas, attendees will have the opportunity to learn from the smartest minds in the business, discover new products and network with both owners and leaders in luxury hospitality.  Speakers at 2018 event will include Ted Teng, CEO of Leading Hotels of the World; Thomas Klein, CEO of Canyon Ranch; and Allison Reid, Chief Development Officer of Kimpton Hotels.

The Lodging Conference

Date: Sept 24 - 27
Location: Phoenix, AZ

The Lodging Conference is one of the top hotel industry events in the world. Over the past 23 years, tens of thousands of high-powered hotel owners and executives from around the globe have participated. The event has been sold out for the last five years with attendance of 1800+ in 2017. We bring together the hotel industry's most influential owners, operators, presidents, CEOs and dealmakers to strategize about development, finance, franchising, management, construction, design, and operations. More than just a conference, the entire event is a THINK TANK where everybody in attendance has the opportunity to join in the conversation, discuss issues, and solve problems.

Hunter Hotel Conference

Date: March 20-22
Location: Atlanta, GA

Since their first conference in 1989, the Hunter Hotel Conference has had a consistent — they're a hotel real estate and finance conference designed for hotel owners and investors. Considered one of the top conferences in the lodging industry, the Hunter Hotel Investment Conference brings together influential leaders and timely topics in order to provide an event that is both productive and enjoyable.

This conference is designed to give you ample opportunities to develop new relationships with lodging leaders and deal makers and reconnect with friends and colleagues.

International Hotel Technology Forum

Date: May 15-17
Location: Barcelona, Spain

Over the course of 3 days, attendees of IHTF will hear over 50 presenters tackle some of the most pressing issues facing a rapidly-changing industry. Delegates will take part in an interactive experience of workshops, debates, round-tables, case studies and interviews split across two focuses: technology issues and sales and marketing. Alongside these learning opportunities, delegates and suppliers will have the opportunity to attend a series of pre-scheduled business meetings where hoteliers are matched with top solution providers.

Cornell Hospitality Thought Leadership

Date: April 26
Location: Washington D.C.

The Cornell School of Hotel Administration will present two outstanding panels in Washington, DC covering two timely, top-of-mind topics in the industry. In the first, a panel of law experts will discuss how to create an organizational culture that battles sexual harassment, diving into the obligation of hospitality employers to train, react, and investigate. In the second, a panel of owners, operators, intermediaries, and brands will dive into the evolution of hotel branding in the digital age. Over 100 alumni and members of the hospitality industry are expected to attend.

The Boutique Hotel Investment Conference

Date: June 6
Location: NYC

Join noteworthy players in the boutique & lifestyle sector as they share their insights as panelists and keynote speakers. Connect with like-minded individuals, creating a network for information and support. Through this event, you will be given the tools to maneuver the complex, but exciting world of boutique hotels.

HX: The Hotel Experience

Date: November 11-12
Location: NYC

Virtually every trend and innovation in hospitality is here — from front-of-the-house, guest-facing amenities and technologies to back-of-the-house nuts and bolts. HX is the largest hospitality show in North America and gives attendees a 360° impression of the guest experience. HX caters to hotel owners, GMs, and hospitality property executives from casinos and resorts, independent and branded hotels, management and purchasing companies, military base lodging, and more.

This conference is designed to give you ample opportunities to develop new relationships with lodging leaders and deal makers and reconnect with friends and colleagues.

The Annual Hotel Conference

Date: October 10-11
Location: Manchester, UK

Running for the 15th year and attracting 900+ delegates, The AHC is the leading event for the UK hotel industry.

A dynamic conference and thriving exhibition with an acclaimed programme of world class key note speakers, engaging presentations by industry leaders and interactive workshops, debates and panel discussions where senior figures in their field share valuable industry insight.

Hoteliers, owners, operators and managers as well as investors, developers, designers, architects, consultants, tourism leaders and regional tourist board will be represented for a day and a half of unrivalled practical knowledge designed to add real value to your business operations.

ITB Berlin

Date: March 7-11
Location: Berlin, Germany

ITB Berlin is a major event for the entire tourism industry, attracting around 23,000 participants, 400 guest speakers and featuring 200 events geared toward hotels, tour companies, destination marketing organizations, and more. The convention features 10 themed segments covering specific industry topics, from “Hospitality Day” and “Marketing and Distribution Day” to “eTravel World”—a segment that delves into the world of digital technology and social media. But top billing goes to the hotly anticipated “Future Day.” Megatrends of the industry are discussed at length, with empirical research, best practice examples and a handpicked group of guest speakers plucked from around the world. The first several days of the event are open only to the industry, on Saturday and Sunday the exhibition will be open to the public.

IMEX America

Date: October 16-17
Location: Las Vegas, NV

America’s worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events.

At IMEX 2018, delegates will experience the cutting-edge of events education, learn how the world of business events is rapidly shifting to a landscape of experiences, and find out what their properties can do to keep up and attract group business.


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