If you like to stay up to date with the latest trends and developments in the hospitality industry, we fully resonate with you. But we don’t advocate only reading or watching the news to see what’s changed or what to expect in the next few months or years. We at Hosco believe that learning about the travel and leisure sector is best done in person, and what better way than at a dedicated hospitality fair or conference? The good news is that in-person hospitality conferences are back after a long time, and they’re presenting more opportunities for face-to-face interaction, resolving workforce challenges and optimising business growth. 

Attending hospitality events is also a fabulous way of building your brand recognition and strong relationships, demonstrating affiliations, enhancing your marketing, generating revenue, learning about innovative approaches, and refining your professional skills. [1]

Ready to see what’s on offer? Below we list the top 10 hospitality conferences happening from September 2022 to July 2023!

1. Annual Hotel Conference

The Manchester Convention Complex will be this year’s venue for the Annual Hotel Conference. The two-day event will happen from October 3 to 4, 2022 in Manchester, UK. Approximately 1000 people are expected to participate in the event. Over 90 industry-leading speakers will talk about various hospitality topics that will be discussed across four stages - Vision, Collaboration, Innovation, and Transformation. The event gives attendees the chance to not only learn but also to connect and collaborate with experts, visionaries and leaders in the hospitality industry. 

2. Hospitality Day 

Hospitality Day will be held on October 11, 2022, at Palacongressi Rimini, Italy. This in-person hospitality conference will have over 200 exhibitors and partners, and boasts of  over 200 speakers in 15 training rooms! It is meant for hotel owners, managers, and employees of accommodation and extra-accommodations facilities, chains, hotel groups, and resorts. It caters to hoteliers associations, architects and designers, builders, investors, and developers of new projects as well. Attendees are free to choose which of the talks they’d like to attend from top social media managers, founders, interior designers, hospitality consultants, marketing managers, and renowned chefs. 

3. TTG Travel Experience

The TTG Travel Experience is an in-person event happening from October 12 to14, 2022 at the Rimini Exhibition Centre in Rimini, Italy. Italy’s key B2B show is more than just a travel trade event. With the central theme “Unbound”, the three-day event will feature experts from all over the world. Speakers will participate in panel discussions and meetings to design the future of the tourism and hospitality industry in the post-pandemic  world. It brings together key players in the sector through a unique platform to promote business and networking opportunities.  We certainly wouldn't miss it! 

4. Hotel 360 Expo 

Hotel 360 Expo is the UK's leading business event dedicated to the hotel industry. It will take place from October 19 to 20, 2022 at Excel, London. Hospitality professionals can choose to attend panel debates, over 150 seminars, or the Innovation Awards. This year's event will also have over 300 exhibitors featuring the latest products and services in the hospitality industry. The highlights of this event include panel discussions on topics such as workforce management, marketing from A-Z, delivering a 5 star experience, and mastering the art of health and safety for employees and guests.  

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5. Tourism Innovation Summit 

Innovation, technology, and sustainability are the core concepts that embody the Tourism Innovation Summit which will be held from November 2 to 4, 2022 in Seville, Spain. The main goal of this event is to help the tourism and travel industry face the current challenges it is experiencing due to COVID-19. Digitalisation and innovation will be at the forefront of the discussions. Other practical solutions will be presented as well.  This is a hospitality conference you’ll be talking about for years to come! 

6. Global Summit | World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC)

From November 28 to December 1, 2022, the World Travel and Tourism Council Global Summit will be held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The WTTC was established as a forum for business leaders in the travel and tourism industry to raise awareness of the economic and social impact and potential of the industry. Although it was considered merely a ‘non-essential’ activity before, governments now recognise travel and tourism as a top priority for their country. Membership includes the entire spectrum from airlines and airports to hotels and hospitality groups, tour operators and travel agents, online distributors, cruise lines, and even investment companies and insurance groups. 

7. Business Travel Expo Barcelona | IBTM World

IBTM World, the leading annual global event for the meetings, incentives, conferences, and events industry, will take place from November 29 to December 1, 2022, at Fira Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain. More than 3,000 destinations and hospitality suppliers will be coming together at this event to meet and network with 15,000+ industry professionals from over 100 countries. The common purpose is to build face-to-face connections, engage in networking opportunities, as well as gain key industry insights.

8. Food Hotel Tech | Le Salon Digital & Tech 100% Hôtellerie-Restauration

Exhibitors, startup village, conferences, and networking await participants at The Food Hotel Tech event that will be held from March 14 to 15, 2023 at the Paris Event Center in Paris, France. Dedicated to digital technologies for hotels and restaurants, the event presents major trends, innovations, digital tools, expert advice and feedback from professionals to help hoteliers and restaurant owners  accelerate their business. From administration and HR to big data and personalisation technology, you can find the newest and best solutions to virtually anything that concerns the industry at this hospitality event! 

9. The Hotel Show Dubai

The Hotel Show, the largest and most influential trade event in the Middle East for the hotel and hospitality industry, will be held from May 23 to 25, 2023 at Dubai World Trade Centre. For over 20 years, the event has been connecting regional buyers with global suppliers, providing opportunities for hospitality professionals to network, get the latest information on developments within the industry, do business, and procure thousands of products from exhibitors, both from the region and around the globe. 

The Hotel Show Dubai's annual Hospitality Leadership Forum is perhaps the highlight of the event. We recommend attending it to watch the most significant leaders from across hospitality offer their analysis and insight into key topics, such as the future of work, and sustainable and ethical hospitality. This forum will be interactive and include panel discussions. 

10. Hospitality Summit

The Hotel Summit in-person event will be held from June 14 to 15, 2023 in Zurich, Switzerland. More than 1,000 executives, hosts, experts, and partners will meet at this accommodation congress for decision makers. Top-class speakers and guests will present industry-relevant topics such as the shortage of skilled workers, the  effects of digital change on the hostel sector, future mobility as well as the biggest challenges and trends in tourism. Over 90 partners will present their ideas, concepts, and solutions as well as identify opportunities, and develop measures for hoteliers to be optimally prepared for the future.  

Closing Thoughts 

The pandemic took away almost two years of in-person events, and we have all felt its effects. We hope that our curated list of hospitality conferences gives you an opportunity to exhibit at, or at least attend these events to network, update your knowledge and grow your brand. Whether you’re a hotel manager, HR representative or even a recruiter, we’re sure there’s something in there for each and every attendee. 

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