20 MICE Events You Cannot Afford to Miss in 2018
1. International MICE & Wedding Forum
2. Meeting & Incentive Forums Europe
3. Latin America Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchange
4. London Venues Summit
5. Global Travel Marketplace
6. World Meetings Forum Vidanta
7. Caribbean Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchange
9. Private Luxury Forum: The Americas
10. Future Travel Experience Global
11. International Luxury Travel Market
12. IT & CMA – Incentive Travel & Conventions, Meetings Asia/CTW – Corporate Travel World
13. Meetings and Incentive Forums
14. IMEX America
15. Business Travel Show – London Summit
16. Dubai FAM 2018
17. World Travel Market
18. Pacific Area Incentives & Conference Expo
19. IBTM World
20. Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition
May 28 – June 1, 2018
If you work within the MICE or wedding industry, this event will be both exciting and educational – a great opportunity to further your career. The event calendar features several top-notch speakers as well as panels and forums. The conference will be attended by event professionals, authors, bloggers and representatives of five star venues and resorts. There are plenty of occasions for mingling as well – including dinners, lunches and parties planned by some of the best names in the industry.
June 5-9, 2018
This is one of the biggest networking opportunities of the year. It’ a chance to meet hundreds of the most valuable MICE buyers in Europe. Meeting & Incentive Forums Europe is organized in an interesting way. At the event, you will have 50 different one to one meetings over 4 days – with buyers you choose in advance. Plus, there will be a cocktail reception, a gala dinner and other great networking opportunities.
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
June 18-22, 2018
This professional event offers a fantastic opportunity for making business connections in the Latin American travel marketplace. It’s also an opportunity to visit the lush, tropical destination of Santo Domingo and enjoy travel experiences the Dominican Republic has to offer. There will even be a celebration at the end of the event at the luxurious rooftop restaurant at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Santo Domingo.
July 2, 2018
This exciting London event is dedicated to those who are in the event planning realm. It offers a range of great learning opportunities, including networking, face-to-face meetings and workshops throughout the day. There will also be several expert speakers giving presentations. The event will be held at the Hilton London, Canary Wharf, in a great downtown location close to all of the busiest commercial attractions in the city.
Hollywood/Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
July 12-14, 2018
Global Travel Marketplace is a very exciting (and elite!) appointment-only event that connects influential travel advisors in North America with suppliers from all over the world. It is a smaller boutique-style event for which every attendee must be vetted using a meticulous screening process. If you apply and are chosen to attend, you will be sure to meet only the very best in the business.
Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
July 17-19, 2018
This exciting event aims to gather leaders of the MICE industry together in one place to share trends and information. There will be many great speakers during the event, including Daniel Palomo from Visit Houston and Michael Dominguez from MGM Resorts. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore the stunning Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta resort. You’ll be in heaven while you enjoy the stunning beaches, gourmet restaurants and world-class entertainment options.
Quintana Roo, Mexico
August 6-9, 2018
If you plan to do any MICE business in the Caribbean region, this is one of the essential events that you must attend. The event features focused meetings, where North American incentive buyers and meeting planners will connect with Caribbean suppliers to cultivate meaningful relationships. It’s a great opportunity to build successful business partnerships in only a few days.
August 14-15, 2018
IncentiveWorks is one of the biggest MICE events in Canada. It takes place at the stunning Metro Toronto Convention Centre. It’s specifically focused on the MICE industry, offering tools to plan and execute better conferences, meetings and events. It also offers many opportunities to network with some of the best planners and suppliers in the industry. You’ll want to check out the impressive show floor, as it is filled with leading suppliers in the MICE industry and there will be many opportunities to build business relationships.
September 4-8, 2018
Set in beautiful Scottsdale Arizona, the Private Luxury Forum takes place at the elegant Phoenician resort. It will be attended by 200 buyers and 100 suppliers from the luxury travel sector, making it a great opportunity for travel planners and MICE professionals to make great connections. The way the event is set up with one-to-one meetings, gala dinners, lunches and after parties, makes it ideal for building business connections.
Las Vegas, Nevada
September 10-12, 2018
This exciting conference is all about the future of the travel industry and trends that will disrupt the way travel operates around the world. It brings together vendors, start-ups, destination partners and other important stakeholders in the travel industry. There will be representatives from some major industry players there, including Port of Seattle, Vancouver Airport Authority, jetBlue, Philippine Airlines and Google.
Riviera Maya, Mexico
September 24-27, 2018
ILTM is a very special invitation-only event, where the best travel advisors and agents across the USA meet with representatives from the world’s most prestigious luxury travel experiences. This is the ideal opportunity to connect with buyers in the North American travel market. During the event, there are 15,000 business appointments in total, taking place over 3 days. That’s 5,760 minutes of networking in total!
September 18-20th, 2018
This is an opportunity with two events for the price of one. It’s a Double Bill that brings together the MICE world and the corporate travel world. Both of these events have been happening together since 2004. They offer a great opportunity to network with industry players and make powerful business connections within the region and beyond. It is also one of the largest exhibition showcases of Asia-Pacific MICE suppliers in the world.
Abu Dhabi, UAE
October 7-11th, 2018
This is another one of the essential MICE Events of 2018 that you should not miss. Over the three-day event, you’ll have 40 pre-scheduled one-to-one meetings with important players in the industry that you really want to connect with. Plus, there will be gala dinners, cocktail receptions, networking opportunities and much more. It takes place in the exciting capital of the UAE – Abu Dhabi.
Las Vegas, Nevada
October 16-18th, 2018
IMEX is one of the biggest MICE events in the USA. Attending will give you a chance to meet with 3,200 plus exhibitors from 130 countries all over the world. There will be excellent speakers and plenty of inspiration and fresh ideas – as the event includes more than 180 educational offerings over the 4 days including workshops, hot topic tables, expert clinics, research pods, seminars and panels. The conference takes place at the elegantly designed Sands Expo at The Venetian, one of the largest convention facilities on the planet.
October 17th, 2018
The Business Travel Show in London is the largest event in Europe for business travel professionals. The event is packed with chances to learn and network and it will be attended by approximately 7,500 UK and European suppliers and travel buyers. 260 leading suppliers from the business travel industry will be showcasing their travel solutions and there will also be 120 expert speakers!
October 25-31st, 2018
Dubai is one of the hottest MICE destinations in the world, and this event is the perfect way to connect with other MICE professionals, event planners and travel agents from all over the world. The experience includes VIP tours of the highlights of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, a luxurious brunch at the Atlantis The Palms Hotel, a dinner cruise and much more. If you work in a role that involves planning, researching and coordinating travel, whether for business or recreation, you shouldn’t miss this one!.
November 5-7th, 2018
The World Travel Market in London is one of the biggest events in the world for travel industry professionals. There have been 39 different editions of this conference to date. During the three-day event, more than 51,000 travel professionals, industry buyers and digital influencers come together to showcase their products. You’ll have the opportunity to connect with major players in the travel industry, discuss trends and be inspired. Plus, it takes place in London – one of the most vibrant and multicultural cities in the world.
Auckland, New Zealand
November 18th, 2018
This one-day event takes place at the Skycity Convention Centre in Auckland. It’s designed for personal assistants, human resource managers, executive secretaries and other administrative professionals who are in charge of organizing meetings, events, incentives for their company. There will be some pretty big names exhibiting at this event, including Sheraton, Virgin Australia, Fairmont Raffles International and much more. It’s a must-attend event for anyone who works within the MICE industry in the Pacific Region.
November 27-29th, 2018
IBTM World is another one of the major events around the world in the MICE industry. The event takes place over 3 days in the beautiful city of Barcelona and brings together over 13,474 industry professionals for networking, workshops and innovation. It has a strong 30-year history as one of the leading events in the industry, offering chances to meet destination management companies, event management companies, incentive agencies, professional conference organizers and many others.
New Orleans, Louisiana
December 11-13th, 2018
The Expo! Expo! Event is known as the “show for shows” – an exhibition all about the business of hosting exhibitions. It’s where exhibition and events industry professionals go to learn more about all of the latest trends and technology in their industry. It’s also a great place to network with like-minded professionals. There will be some great education sessions at the event, which provide the best in thought leadership in many targeted areas including design, marketing, management and technology.
Have we missed an event on this list that you’re looking forward to attending this year?
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