In the travel industry it’s vital to stay abreast of best practices, current trends, and customer preferences. There’s no better way to keep up with the competition than keeping a close eye on what they’re up to! Travel trade shows offer the chance to do just that, plus network, generate leads, and learn about and teach others about opportunities in the global travel market.
1. Global Business Travel Association in San Diego, CA
Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) is one of the biggest business travel events on the calendar, with 465 exhibitors and over 7,000 attendees pouring into San Diego from more than 50 countries.
This event is too good to pass up! But don’t take our word for it…
GBTA notes that 95% of travel buyer attendees say the event influences which suppliers they choose to work with. Seventy percent of buyers say they’re looking for new suppliers at GBTA, and those buyers choose an average of three new suppliers each.
In 2018, GBTA Expo offers:
- More than 100 education events
- High-profile speakers, including Billie Jean King, Kevin O’Leary, and Joe Walsh
- A Q&A session with Marriott International President and CEO Arne Sorenson.
And don’t miss the panels, including:
- Successful Women Leading in Business Travel
- Challenges of Security in Today’s Volatile World
- Turning the Tables – Buyers Take Center Stage
- The Impact of Industry Consolidation on Business Travel
The GBTA Expo ran from August 11 to 15, 2018 at the San Diego Convention Center. Attendees and exhibitors are looking forward to an even bigger and better event in 2019!
LEARN MORE: https://convention.gbta.org/
2. IMEX America in Las Vegas, NV
IMEX America is a big deal in the business meetings sector of the global travel industry. This event is immense, with 2.25 million square feet of exhibition space and 3,000 exhibitors.
IMEX America also includes:
- More than 4,000 buyers from over 130 countries – More than two-thirds of hosted buyers have budgets over $1 million.
- Over 180 education and networking events – These include small-group sessions, expert clinics, research groups, and seminars.
- Keynote speakers Julius Solaris, Kelly McDonald, and Paul Smith
- A free online appointment system to help you schedule meetings and events
- Smart Monday, an IMEX-hosted event for all registered attendees – Smart Monday (October 15) is a day of free education and networking and social events.
IMEX America runs from October 16 to 18, 2018 at Sands Expo at The Venetian | The Palazzo® in Las Vegas.
LEARN MORE: https://www.imexamerica.com/
3. The New York Times Travel Show in New York, NY
The NYT Travel Show is for consumer rather than corporate attendees, as its more than 560 exhibitors are global travel vendors. This wide-ranging show also features over 280 industry speakers and experts and more than 100 cultural presentations from the global village.
Well over 30,000 consumers and travel industry professionals attend the show every year. This makes it a can’t-miss event for exhibitors who are serious about tapping into the global travel market. As well as the hundreds of consumer-oriented events, there are more than 40 seminars and niche topics tailored towards industry professionals. This is one event where there really is something for everyone!
The New York Times Travel Show runs from January 25 to 27, 2019 at the Javits Center® in New York City.
LEARN MORE: http://nyttravelshow.com/
4. Travel & Adventure Show® in Los Angeles, CA
Like the NYT Travel Show, LA’s Travel & Adventure Show is geared towards the world tourism and travel industry. The exhibitors include travel vendors, tour operators, and other customer-facing professionals. For exhibitors, it’s a prime chance to interact with large numbers of consumers and build brand awareness.
The LA Travel & Adventure Show is one of the country’s biggest consumer travel shows, with tens of thousands of visitors every year. It features more than 350 worldwide destinations, and even more vendors. There are also seminars, cultural demonstrations, and other family-friendly activities. It’s the perfect tourist trap for travel-loving people of all kinds—and a must for consumer-oriented vendors.
The LA Travel & Adventure Show runs from February 16 to 17, 2019 at Los Angeles Convention Center (South Halls JK) in LA.
LEARN MORE: https://travelshows.com/shows/los-angeles/
5. International Travel Goods Show in Las Vegas, NV
The International Travel Goods Show features over 200 exhibitors and 4,800 attendees. This makes it the place to go for vendors and buyers in the travel merchandise industry. This trade fair is hosted by the Travel Goods Association, which includes manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, and retailers of travel products, consumer and business luggage, and business and travel accessories.
The event features 2,000 product lines and 40,000 products, and every year it sets tones and trends for the travel seasons to come. With products for everyone from solo backpackers to adventure-seekers to tourists and business travelers, this event offers opportunities for travel goods vendors and buyers of all stripes.
The International Travel Goods Show takes place March 26 to 28, 2019 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas.
LEARN MORE: http://thetravelgoodsshow.org/
6. U.S. Travel Association’s IPW® in Anaheim, CA
IPW showcases the best of the U.S. and works to strengthen the country’s reputation as a leading travel destination. This event is the U.S.’s biggest inbound travel industry trade show, resulting in nearly $5 billion in travel into the country.
Planning is underway for the 2019 event, and if 2018 is anything to go by, it’ll be a big one! According to IPW, the 2019 event will feature more than 1,300 exhibitors and over 6,000 attendees, including 1,300 domestic and international buyers.
To prepare for the show, exhibitors and attendees can use the IPW Online Marketplace for virtual networking and pre-event research.
U.S. Travel Association’s IPW will run from June 1 to 5, 2019 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim.
LEARN MORE: https://www.ipw.com/
Ensure Your Success at Your Next Travel Trade Show!
If you’re exhibiting at any of these travel industry events, prepare for success by registering early to get your pick of locations on the floor. With an attention-grabbing exhibit design and your marketing message perfected, you’ll generate all the leads you can handle!