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Event directories | 22 December 2021

40+ Must-Attend Conferences for Event Planners in 2022

Bizzabo Blog Staff

Want to grow as an event planner in 2022? Check out these 40 conferences for event planners that are dedicated to event marketing and event management excellence.

We know how hard it can be to find great events to attend, so we’ve made it easier for you. In this post, you’ll find a comprehensive list of the most important event industry conferences that every event professional should attend this year.

Attending these conferences will allow you to learn more about the events industry and meet other event professionals. Besides access to great networking opportunities and innovative content, the following 40 events will also provide attendees with great speaker lineups and the chance to travel to amazing locations!

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Name Start Date /
Location
Description

Convening Leaders

1/9/22
Las Vegas
Hybrid

Reconnect with the world’s best event professionals: One for all generations and nations that combines inclusive community engagement opportunities, iconic education and entertainment, and a reimagined person-to-person activation platform.

Event Design Certificate (EDC) Level 3

1/12/22
Virtual

The Event Design Certificate Program is an immersive three-day training course that will innovate the industry by teaching a systematic 10 step visual approach to event design for meeting professionals.

ESPA Annual Conference

1/21/22
Kansas City, MO

This event is full of top-notch, interactive sessions and breakout opportunities. Attend to boost your skills as an events professional.

IBTM AMERICAS | The Digital Summit

2/3/22
Virtual

IBTM Americas | The Summit is the space where we want to inspire you to generate new ideas and refresh all your new projects. Sessions of creativity, innovation, and marketing focused on the event organizers will be what you will find in this 100% online program.

GuestX

2/7/22
Atlanta, GA

GuestX is a one-of-a-kind conference for everyone invested in crafting an exceptional, safe and extraordinary guest experience. GuestX provides attendees with invaluable content via skills-based workshops and networking sessions that empower them to put newly gained expertise into immediate action. Whether you work in sports, the arts, the conference and meeting industry, or anywhere people get together, GuestX offers insider perspectives on how every aspect of your operation impacts the overall experience at your venue.

ADMEI

2/24/22
Boston, MA

ADMEI’s Annual Conference brings together DMC owners, sales, and operations staff from around the world, providing vital networking events, tailored education, and an Awards program for DMCs and their professionals.

European Meetings & Events Conference (EMEC)

2/26/22
London, UK

EMEC Brighton’s collaboration-focused programming will bring planners and suppliers from across Europe together. The goal? A connected industry of professionals creating events that move people — and our planet — forward.

Academy for Venue Safety and Security (AVSS)

2/27/22
Las Vegas, NV

There has never been a more compelling need to raise the bar and establish industry training for safety and security than now. IAVM advocates a proactive approach to preparing the professionals who manage and staff our venues, and the Academy for Venue Safety and Security (AVSS) is the perfect way in which to learn from the experts in our field and gain access to a tremendous network.

Event Design Certificate (EDC) Level 1

3/3/22
Virtual

Join this Level 1 Certificate course to learn how to apply the #Event Canvas methodology and join the community of change-makers embracing the process and contributing to the intentional design movement.

International Confex

3/9/22
London, UK

For 38 years Confex has delivered ideas, inspiration, and a meeting ground for the events industry. Over that period, the events landscape has changed beyond recognition and International Confex has evolved with it, from ground-breaking technology, crazy feature builders, wow factor venues, standout destinations to a vivid showcase of all the elements that make events great.

AIME 2022 LIVE

3/21/22
Melbourne, Australia

The Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) is the leading trade event for the meetings and event industry in the Asia Pacific region. AIME is where industry decision-makers connect, create, and do business. We bring together international and local buyers to access the best exhibitors from around the world.

Hotel, Restaurant & Catering (HRC)

3/21/22
London, UK

For more than 86 years Hotel, Restaurant & Catering (HRC) has stood at the forefront of hospitality innovation, welcoming thousands of visitors every year to test, taste, and discover the latest products from the finest suppliers in the market.

AIME 2022 | Virtual

3/28/22
Virtual

The Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) is the leading trade event for the meetings and event industry in the Asia Pacific region. AIME is where industry decision-makers connect, create and do business. We bring together international and local buyers to access the best exhibitors from around the world.

Venue Operations Summit

3/29/22
Indianapolis, IN

Venue Operations Summit is the premier industry conference for public assembly facility operations and engineering professionals. Past topics have included leadership, risk management, housekeeping, vertical transportation maintenance, electrical system management, venue-specific Town Halls, life safety, and much more.

IPEC (Independent Planner Education Conference)

March 2022
Las Vegas, NV

IPEC (Independent Planner Education Conference) is the exclusive event – the first and the best! – tailored to the unique needs of independent planners that are not associated with any 3rd party organizations.

Women in Leadership Meetings + Incentives

March 2022
TBA

WILMI (Women In Leadership Meetings + Incentives) is an exclusive conference for executive-level women in the events industry – by women, for women. At WILMI, leading female meetings and incentives buyers and suppliers will join together to network, engage in dialogue on present and future challenges and opportunities, and plan and do business together.

IBTM Asia Pacific

4/5/22
Singapore

IBTM Asia Pacific is the leading event for the meetings and events industry in the region bringing together a high caliber group of international, APAC regional, and local meeting planners and exhibitors for two days of pre-scheduled one-to-one business meetings, education, and networking. The event is underpinned by IBTM’s sophisticated, industry-leading Hosted Buyer program which creates personalized appointment diaries for Hosted Buyers and exhibitors to ensure that delegates only meet people with whom there’s a very good chance of doing business.

IMEX Frankfurt

4/26/22
Frankfurt, Germany

Dive into the heart of the global meetings industry over four action-packed days in Frankfurt. Meet exhibitors from across the world, gain insight and inspiration from industry experts and innovators, and join your peers at countless networking events.

Experiential Marketing Summit 2022

4/27/22
Las Vegas, NV

The ultimate training conference on the ultimate marketing discipline: experiential marketing. This is the perfect conference for event planners!

The Special Event

5/2/22
Anaheim, CA

The Special Event (TSE) is an event that celebrates the industry. Bringing the best speakers together for top education means you’ll learn everything critical to stay competitive. Along with the highest caliber suppliers, awards that celebrate you, and events bursting with ideas, this is your annual place to make industry connections and find business solutions.

VMA Congress Asia-Pacific

5/30/22
Sydney, Australia

The largest annual gathering of venue professionals in the Asia-Pacific.

Exhibition & Convention Executives Forum

6/1/22
Washington D.C.
Hybrid

ECEF will deliver a full day of nonstop networking opportunities, accentuated with provocative C-level presentations. Executives from independent and association organizers of B2B exhibitions and conventions will connect and exchange opportunities.

FIEXPO Latin America

6/6/22
Panama

FIEXPO offers highly relevant, interactive, immersive educational opportunities, where merge business meetings, training, and networking. We are committed to building relationships with politicians and Policy Makers to ensure that the economic, inter-cultural, and social benefits of Business Events are understood and recognized.

Event Tech Live Las Vegas

6/7/22
Las Vegas, NV
Hybrid

Your time is valuable and that’s why Event Tech Live focuses on quality content, industry-leading exhibitors, and networking opportunities that link you with the people and organizations that you want to meet.

MPI’s WEC San Francisco

6/21/22
San Francisco, CA

Join us in San Francisco as we connect, collaborate, and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the MPI community!

Global Meeting and Incentive Travel Exchange

6/29/22
Las Vegas, NV

This year’s Global Meeting & Incentive Travel Exchange (GMITE) returns by popular demand to Las Vegas, at The Delano, and will bring top meeting planners and incentive buyers together with global industry suppliers for three days of pre-scheduled 1-to-1 meetings held in private suites and exclusive networking opportunities.

The Meetings Show

6/29/22
London, UK

The Meetings Show is the best platform in the UK for the events, meetings, and incentives industry to come together to source, learn, and network.

VenueConnect 2022

8/2/22
Phoenix, AZ

VenueConnect hosts professionals from a spectrum of public assembly venues including arenas, convention centers, amphitheaters, fairgrounds, performing arts centers, stadiums, universities, and more. This is the only industry conference that inspires industry leaders, provides targeted education, and brings attendees together creating relationships that last a lifetime.

Canadian Meetings + Events Expo

8/16/22
Toronto, Canada

The Canadian Meetings + Events Expo is the largest and longest-running trade show and conference for meeting and event professionals. CMEExpo strives to provide a safe environment and follow all health and safety guidelines at the time of the show.

IBTM America

8/24/22
Mexico City, Mexico

BTM Americas is the leading international trade show that connects the meetings and events industry across North America, Latin America, Europe, and beyond.

Destination Hawaii

September 2022
Maui, Hawaii

The leading hosted-buyer event for qualified meetings and incentive professionals looking to do business in Hawaii will meet with the state’s top hotels, CVBs, DMCs, and venues.

TEAMS

10/10/22
Oklahoma City, OK

TEAMS: TRAVEL, EVENTS, AND MANAGEMENT IN SPORTS is the world’s leading conference and expo for the sports event industry.

IMEX America 2022

10/11/22
Las Vegas, NV

Learn, network, connect with the global meetings industry over four fabulous days in Vegas. Inspirational exhibitors, fresh ideas from experts and innovators, countless networking opportunities — this is where you need to be.

The Event Planner Expo 2022

10/11-13/22
New York, NY

The Event Planner Expo is the premier destination for Event Planners, Corporate Decision Makers, Meeting Planners, Marketing and PR Professionals. It’s a must-attend conference for anyone who wants to network and meet with top executives from Fortune 500 and 1000 corporations.

ITB Asia 2022

10/19/22
Singapore

ITB Asia features thousands of exhibiting companies from the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, the Americas, Africa, and the Middle East. Exhibitors from every sector of the industry, including destinations, airlines and airports, hotels and resorts, theme parks and attractions, inbound tour operators, inbound DMCs, cruise lines, spas, venues, other meeting facilities, and travel technology companies attend the event.

Travel Tech Asia

10/19/22
Singapore

Travel Tech Asia is where the latest technologies, emerging trends, leading travel brands, and innovative startups are all in one place to create the new possibilities of travel. From travel tech suppliers, innovative start-ups, and leading travel brands who are at the forefront of the industry transformation, we welcome attendees from all levels of seniority across a wide range of disciplines and sectors in the travel industry.

Destination East

October 2022
Albany, NY

Destination East is the premier hosted-buyer event for qualified meetings and incentive professionals sourcing programs in the East. Destination East will include destinations, hotels, DMCs, and other services provided in the Eastern U.S.

Wedding MBA

11/7/22
Las Vegas, NV

With wedding professionals from around the world, 180 exhibitors, and over 150 educational seminars, Wedding MBA is the must-attend event for wedding professionals looking to take their businesses to the next level. Find out the latest in business, tech, trends, and more during this 2.5-day resource-packed event.

Event Tech Live London

11/15/22
London, UK

Your time is valuable and that’s why Event Tech Live focuses on quality content, industry-leading exhibitors, and networking opportunities that link you with the people and organizations that you want to meet.

IBTM World

11/29/22
Barcelona, Spain

IBTM World is the leading global event for the meetings and events industry and we have one goal; we want to inspire the events world to deliver exceptional experiences. For over 30 years, IBTM World has been providing the global community with the inspiration, business connections, and content you need to create world-class events for your customers.

Wrapping Up: Which Events Conferences Will You Attend?

There may be a voice in the back of your mind saying, “Hey, I’m pushing myself to my limits just to produce my events. I don’t have time to attend anyone else’s conference.”

However loud that voice may be, there is probably also a second voice speaking in the back of your mind saying, “I’m an event professional. One of the most productive investments of my time is attending events, building my network, continuing my education, and keeping up with the latest best practices.”

Take it from us: Listen to that second voice. You deserve to attend the best conferences for event planners! Here are some other event directories you may be interested in:

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