10 Must Attend Conferences for Hotel Professionals

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Whether you’re trying to network, close some deals, learn more about your industry, or just get away for a while, these are the hospitality conferences for you!

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Check out these 10 conferences taking place all over the world, covering every aspect of the hospitality industry in 2016 and 2017.



Hospital Financial and Technology Professionals, or HFTP, a global nonprofit association for the hospitality industry, hosts multiple conferences each year focused on finance and technology. In 2017 it’s going to be ever more crucial to understand the ways hotel technology like hotel property management software can help your business, so make sure to catch one of these conferences next year!

Club & Hotel Controllers Conference: June 26-28, 2017 Toronto, Cananda

HFTP Annual Convention: October 25-27 Orlando, Florida

2. The Hotel Experience (HX)


Hosted in New York City, this is one of the biggest conferences for hospitality professionals in North America with over 12,000 attendees. Covering many topics ranging from food and beverages to technology to hotel design, this is a can’t-miss conference. It’s coming up fast so don’t forget to register!

HX 2016: November 13-15, 2016, New York City

3. Naseba & HFTP Hotel Technology Summit


Though HFTP has some great conferences lined up for next year in North America, its co-hosting effort with Naseba, the 20th Hotel Technology Summit, is being hosted in the United Arab Emirates this year. Though the main goal of the conference is to connect Middle Eastern buyers with hospitality technology experts from all over the world, this is a great way to see the best of cutting-edge hotel tech and the people that make it happen. Don’t forget to register as this is coming up soon!

20th Hotel Technology Summit: November 16-17, 2016, Dubai, UAE

4. eTourism Summit and eTourism LABS


If you’re reading this you unfortunately just missed the 2016 eTourism Summit in San Francisco, but not only is there a chance to catch it next year, there’s a bonus conference coming up in March in Philadelphia, PA! This eTourism LABS conference focuses on topics that were not covered at eTourism Summit, mostly to do with social media marketing for the hospitality industry. Check this out if you’re interested in topics like anti-ad blocking, placing ads on Pinterest, and buying social media influencers for your business.

eTourism LABS: March 14-15, 2017, Philadelphia, PA

5. HEDNA (Hotel Electronic Distribution Network Association)


Taking place in San Diego next year, this conference is a must for hospitality professionals focusing on the technical aspect of electronic hotel distribution. The only conference of its kind in North America, HEDNA is being hosted in January 2017, so make sure to register soon.

HEDNA: January 10-12, 2017, San Diego, CA

6. World Travel Market


Though it’s coming up very soon, registration for this huge global conference is still open so register ASAP! Representing 12 different travel sectors with over 250 speakers, there is something here for everyone in the hospitality trade, and the agenda for responsible tourism makes this a unique conference to attend in 2016.

WTM: November 7-9, 2016, London, UK

8. Hotel Design Expo


The Hotel Design Expo in Las Vegas focuses on the issue of hotel design, a unique topic for North American hospitality conferences. Whether your business is looking to gain access to top hotel designers or to simply gather ideas for your own hotel, this is a great conference to check out.

HD Expo: May 3-5, 2017, Las Vegas, Nevada

9. The New York Times Travel Show


With over 500 exhibitors, this travel show for professional from several different industries is a great networking opportunity for the new year. With unique topics like LGBT travel and Focus on Travel Bloggers, this show helps connect professionals with each other on the Travel Industry Conference on the 27, and with consumers during the other activity-filled days of the show.

NYT Travel Show: January 27-29, 2017, NYC

10. IMEX 2017


Specializing in travel for businesses, this is a great event to attend if you are looking to host meetings, training sessions, or other conferences in the coming year. IMEX hosts multiple conferences across the globe each year, so if you’re unable to make it to the Frankfurt conference in May, the IMEX America conference will be taking place next October.

IMEX America: October 18-20, 2017

IMEX in Frankfurt: May 16-18, 2017, Frankfurt, Germany

Which of these conferences look good to you? If you have any conferences you’re excited to attend at the end of 2016 or beginning of 2017, feel free to share in the comments below. Alternatively, can you think of any particularly engaging conferences you attended in 2016 that you think should have been on this list? If so, drop a quick comment and we’ll try to expand our list for next time!

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Abby Kahler

Abby Kahler is a graphic designer for Capterra, a company that loves connecting buyers and sellers of business software. She specializes in church management software. When she’s not covering the industry, you can find her doodling furiously in Photoshop and clogging up her hard drive with graphic design projects.



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