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.
The GBTA event offers a stellar education and speaker lineup every year, ensuring attendees always have something incredible to look forward to:
- There are more than 100 educational events in both fundamental and advanced tracks.
- Previous years’ speakers have included Billie Jean King, Kevin O’Leary, and Joe Walsh
- Enjoy a Q&A session with Marriott International President and CEO Arne Sorenson.
Previous years’ panels have included:
- 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
In 2020 the GBTA Expo runs from July 25 to 29, in Denver, Colorado at the Colorado Convention Center. This event is always a stand-out, and attendees and exhibitors are looking forward to bigger and better in 2020!
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 more than 3,500 exhibitors.
IMEX America also includes:
- More than 4,200 buyers and decision-makers 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.
- Previous keynote speakers include Phil Hansen, Julius Solaris, Kelly McDonald, Michele Gielan, 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 (September 14) is a day of free education and networking and social events.
IMEX America runs from September 15-17, 2020 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 700 exhibitors are global travel vendors from over 175 countries. This wide-ranging show also features over 280 industry speakers and experts and more than 100 cultural presentations from the global village.
Well over 35,000 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 travel trade professionals. This is one event where there really is something for everyone!
The New York Times Travel Show runs from January 24-26, 2020 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 15-16, 2020 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 from more than 35 countries. 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 4-5, 2020 at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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 $5.5 billion in travel into the country.
Planning is underway for the 2020 event, and if 2019 is anything to go by, it’ll be a big one! According to IPW, the 2020 event will feature more than 1,300 exhibitors and over 6,200 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.
The 2020 U.S. Travel Association’s IPW will run from May 30 to June 3 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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!