7 Hospitality Conferences in 2019 & 2020 Every Hotelier Should be Part of

Hospitality is going through a quick and relentless transformation with new technologies, increasing guest demands, and new best practices influencing service delivery. The industry is now highly influenced by informed decision making requiring constant access to the latest trends, information, and insights.  

As the hospitality industry grows, so does the community that it nurtures in its various ecosystems or businesses. With a growing community the need to stay connected and informed through conventions, conference, and exhibitions.

Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition & Conference (HITEC) – June 17th to June 20th, 2019

HITEC has established itself as the largest and historical hospitality technology conference & exhibition in the world. The event brings together a peculiar selection of educational material, insights from professionals, leading-edge hospitality technologies, and top hospitality experts from around the world.    

HITEC aims to educate attendees about the latest hospitality technologies and how it can be cost-effectively put to work in the industry. Hospitality professionals have the opportunity to connect with other professionals, discover career-enhancing opportunities, and learn about cutting edge tech breakthroughs for guests.

This year HITEC will grace the historical city of Minneapolis, Minnesota from the 17th of June till the 20th of June, 2019 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Shanghai Hospitality Design & Supplies Expo – April 27th to April 29th, 2020

The Shanghai Hospitality Design & Supplies Expo is also known as China’s most famous hotel construction and operations event. The expo features experts, technology, vendors, and consultants specializing in world class hotel design, construction, and supplies.

Hoteliers get the opportunity to meet some of the most accomplished professionals from interior designers, engineers, builders & architects, decorators, lighting experts, fitness & leisure, tech vendors, smart & green hotels suppliers, and textile vendors.

The Shanghai Hospitality Expo showcases breakthrough hotel technology, environment-friendly solutions, world-class construction supplies, and cutting edge amenities for hotel owners. The event will also feature over 20 hospitality professionals from around the world at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre in Shanghai, China.      

The Hotel Show Dubai – September 17th to September 19th, 2019

The Middle East & Asia’s premier hospitality exhibition returns to Dubai in September 2019 with a bigger list of exhibitors and a worldwide professional guest list. Hotel Show Dubai has been the leading event that has transformed the hospitality business across Asia and the world.

Dubai’s global as a cultural and business center, the growth in travel & tourism has allowed hospitality to thrive in the region. The expo brings local & global expertise to the progressive city of Dubai, accumulating a treasure of great hotel ideas, products, and services.

Hotel Show Dubai features products & services from interior design, lighting, hotel technology, security, catering, food & beverages and much more. This years exhibition is organized at the Dubai World Trade Centre in Dubai, UAE.    

Guangzhou Hotel Equipment and Supply Exhibition – December 12th to December 14th, 2019

The Guangzhou Hotel Equipment & Supply Exhibition is an international trade fair featuring world-class hospitality equipment and suppliers. As one of the most attractive expo for both hospitality suppliers and hotel owners offers one of the most diverse hotel industry conventions today.

The Guangzhou exhibition features eight themed areas to exhibit supplies for desktops, cleaning equipment, hotel furnishing & fixtures, kitchen equipment, food & beverages, smart technologies, hotel lobby equipment, and guest room equipment.

The Guangzhou Hotel Expo will kick off in December and will be held at the China Import and Export Fair (Canton Fair Complex) in Guangzhou, China. This year’s event will attract more than 100 hotel suppliers in over 10 different categories. The event kicks off from 12th December 2019 and will last three days till the 14th of December.

International Conference on Tourism and Hospitality – July 4th to July 5th, 2019

The ICTH is primarily an academic & research conference that focuses on addressing issues in the tourism and hospitality industries. Although the event doesn’t receive as much attention as HITEC, the ICTH is probably one of the most momentous conventions for hoteliers.  

The conference brings together academics, management scientists, researchers, research scholars, professionals, and journalists to share insights and experiences. The event also focuses on breakthrough research results and brings forward new areas of research in hospitality.      

In 2019, the conference has already attracted prominent names including Professor Brian King (Hong Kong Polytechnic University) and Professor Kevin Markwell (Southern Cross University Australia). The conference will be held in Singapore with the venue still to be decided.   

Hospitality Design Expo – May 5th to May 7th, 2020

The US Hospitality Design Expo connects designers, brand leaders & managers, suppliers, and investment houses with hospitality companies. This huge event features innovative hospitality products & services, inspiring speakers, and popular hospitlaity influencers from around the world.

The expo may not be the biggest, but it brings together some of the best suppliers, tech vendors, and hotel management companies from across the US. HDE is a great exhibition for suppliers to display their latest products & services with real-time demos.

Hoteliers can preview innovative ideas, knowledge, and inspiration while networking with some of the biggest names in hospitality. The 2020 expo will host over 200 hospitality suppliers and service providers ready to showcase their products & services.

The event is scheduled for May 2020 and will be held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, USA.

East Mediterranean International Tourism and Travel Exhibition – January 30th to 2nd February 2020

Termed the biggest tourism & travel industry conference of Eurasia and East Mediterranian, EMITT is ranked in the top five tourism exhibitions in the world. This massive event attracts tourism professionals, tourists, and travel companies providing opportunities for tourism and developing new destinations.

The event is also a hub for travel service companies from across the globe to reach hospitality professionals and tourism companies. The upcoming EMITT expo has been organized in Turkey at the Tuyap Fair Convention and Congress Center in Istanbul. The massive event will feature hospitality businesses, professionals, tourism experts, and over 900 exhibitors from around the globe.