The events industry puts on some of the most fantastic conferences and trade shows — fitting, as it’s an opportunity to showcase innovative ideas and bold new concepts. We’ve been checking off events from our 2019 event planning conferences list, and we’re already looking forward to 2020.

NACE Evolve Leadership Conference

January 24-27, 2020 | Location TBA

The National Association for Catering & Events (NACE) hosts the Evolve Conference for event professionals and caterers. Learn from industry leaders, explore the latest trends, and attend inspiring sessions that explore the latest in events management, technology, and design.


March 3-5, 2020 | ExCeL London

Experience four shows targeted to the foodservice and hospitality industry at HRC at ExCeL London. Hoteliers, restaurants, and catering businesses gather at this conference to discover the latest trends in the industry. Discover cutting-edge technology for hospitality pros, find decor, furnishing, tableware, and design inspiration, learn the latest foodservice solutions ‘for chefs, by chefs,’ and enjoy demonstrations of innovative catering and kitchen equipment. Connect with leading suppliers and producers, as well as thousands of hospitality pros at HRC in 2020.

International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York

March 8-10, 2020 | New York, New York

Attend the restaurant and foodservice industry’s largest trade show in the Northeastern US for demonstrations, education sessions, networking, and more. More than 400 vendors present products, equipment, tech, and solutions for the food and beverage industry. Meet distributors, connect with peers, and gain insights into the latest culinary trends. Education sessions include marketing, bar and beverage, operations, team-building, and more—with many sessions eligible for continuing education credits.

GBTA Convention 2020

July 25-29, 2020 | Denver, Colorado

With over 7,000 attendees and 400 exhibiting organizations, the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) convention is the largest business travel event. Enjoy exclusive opportunities for networking, connect with exhibitors, find the travel and tech solutions your business needs, and attend your choice of 175+ education and professional development sessions.

IAVM VenueConnect

July 26-29, 2020 | Long Beach, California

The International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) VenueConnect Conference and Trade Show provides targeted education and networking opportunities for venue management professionals, including convention centers, stadiums, performing arts centers, universities, and more. Attend small group sessions for hands-on, interactive educational experiences that focus on venue best practices.

Skift Europe 2020

April 28, 2020 | London

Attend Skift Europe for a one-day event that focuses on global travel trends. Hospitality and tourism pros can explore the latest in travel industry developments, both regional and worldwide. The larger Skift Global Forum takes place September 25-26, 2019 in New York City—we will update this guide with 2020 dates when they are announced.