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Event leadership | 22 June 2021

34 Must Attend Events For Event Planners in 2021

Bizzabo Blog Staff

Looking to grow as an event professional in 2021? Check out these 34 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 34 events will also provide attendees with great speaker lineups and the chance to travel to amazing locations!

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Convening Leaders


The conference where events professionals can extend their reach. Learn from top speakers and network with your peers.

ESPA Annual Conference


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


London, UK

For those who host events in the foodservice and hospitality industries, HRC is a must. Attend to learn the latest trends and innovations in your field.

Global Meeting and Incentive Travel Exchange

Phoenix, AZ

GMITE has been connecting the largest selection of high-volume meeting and incentive travel buyers with global suppliers for nearly 15 years.

World Education Congress

Las Vegas, NV

MPI’s signature event delivers top-rated education and networking to the meeting and events community. Attendees are immersed in learning experiences designed to give them a competitive edge when planning meetings.

Event Design Certificate


Learn how to design innovative events and conferences that will help you get recognized by members of the C-suite. Those who complete the event will receive a certificate in event design.

PCMA EduCon 2021

Phoenix, AZ

Explore the latest business events ideas and experiences in an international city.

Agents of Hybrid

Boston, MA & Virtual

Event and marketing professionals alike have shown resilience and creativity in facing the biggest change this industry has ever seen: hybrid. Join Bizzabo and our partner, Cramer, to explore the connection of physical and digital, and dive deeper into this new format which will forever change the future of events.

The Special Event

Miami, FL

At The Special Event 2021 (TSE), the industry’s premier trade show and conference for event professionals, you’ll connect with other event colleagues, exhibitors, and mentors.


Atlanta, GA

This event includes venue executives, managers, and personnel from a spectrum of public assembly facilities around the world. It also features education that addresses the opportunities and challenges relevant to current facility operations.

IBTM America

Mexico City, Mexico

IBTM America is where the meetings, events and incentives industry’s top decision makers meet and do business.

Destination Hawaii

Maui, Hawaii

Destination Hawaii is a meeting and incentive conference brought to you by two industry leaders: Meeting and Conventions and Successful Meetings. Attend to learn about the selection of meetings venues throughout Hawaii.

Skift Global Forum 2021

New York City, NY

Skift Global Forum offers attendees a unique mix of mind-expanding inspiration, actionable insights, and superior networking opportunities.

The Meetings Show

London, UK

Combining a proven hosted buyer program, unrivaled education sessions, and daytime and evening networking opportunities, this has become the must-attend event for the UK inbound and outbound meetings industry.

Experiential Marketing Summit Live 2021

Chicago, IL

The ultimate training conference on the ultimate marketing discipline: experiential marketing.

The Event Planner Expo 2021

New York City, NY

NYC’s biggest networking event and its best showcase for all event planning professionals. The conference’s goal is for attendees and vendors alike to build strategic partnerships and be inspired by the latest trends and ideas.

Canadian Meetings + Events Expo

Toronto, Canada

Breakout sessions and workshops are targeted to help you plan and execute better conferences and events.

60th ICCA Congress

Cartagena, Colombia

ICCA represents the main specialists in organizing, transporting, and accommodating international meetings and events. It’s comprised of almost 1000 member organizations in over 90 countries.

FIEXPO Latin America

Cartagena, Colombia

This international show for the Meetings and Incentives market aims to promote this industry’s infrastructure and services in South and Central America, the Caribbean, and Mexico.

ITB Asia 2021


Attend showcases and workshops on travel technology, meetings and incentives, and more.

Event Technology Awards

London, UK

ETA will showcase the very best technology that customers may be completely unaware of. Examples include the innovations in ticket purchasing, the technology that helps trade shows monitor and analyze their visitors, and the new generators that make an event greener and thus more sustainable.

Event Tech Live

London, UK

Europe’s only dedicated event technology show, this conference includes a great speaker lineup, tech demos, leading event tech exhibitors, and networking.

Incentives, Business Travel & Meetings Expo China (CIBTM)

Beijing, China

This event provides the ultimate platform for the world’s leading suppliers to the MICE industry. Attendees can meet top level buyers with strong purchasing power, who are responsible for organizing and planning meetings, events, and business travel, both in China, and the rest of the world.

Exhibition & Convention Executives Forum

Washington D.C. & Virtual

The leading event for independent and association event producers who want to share successful strategies and discuss ways to improve their bottom lines.

Wedding MBA Convention 2021

Las Vegas, NV

This convention is specifically designed for event planners in the wedding industry. Join 5,500 of your peers to learn, network, and have fun.

IMEX America

Las Vegas, NV

Whether you’re a seasoned professional or a student preparing for a career in the meetings industry, you’ll find priceless opportunities to learn from industry leaders, build your knowledge, and profit from new trends.

GBTA Convention 2021

Orlando, FL

Join 7,000 attendees, 400 exhibitors, 150 industry speakers for five days of incredible training and networking sessions.

IBTM World

Barcelona, Spain

The leading global event for the meetings and events industry, delivering three days of focused access to a dynamic business environment, professional education, and business networks.

Northstar Meeting Leadership Forum

Pebble Beach, CA

Top leaders from the meetings industry will engage with key planners and editors to review, discuss, and develop strategies that will shape the future growth of the diverse meetings industry.



An event for destination management company professionals to learn and network.


Melbourne, Australia

AIME is the leading trade event for the meetings and events industry in the Asia Pacific region. The 2021 gathering will feature top speakers and networking opportunities.

CMP Conclave 2021


Each year, the Convention Industry Council invites you to see professional development differently during two and a half days of cutting edge courses that will leave you better equipped to take your career to the next level. Collaborate and network with some of the industry’s most experienced and innovative leaders.


Vilnius, Lithuania

A premier B2B event in the Baltic Sea Region for the meetings industry that will accelerate the interest in, and demand for, holding meetings, incentives, and conferences in the area.

Destination Arizona

Phoenix, AZ

Arizona’s biggest and best meeting and incentive industry opportunity where you will learn about the diverse selection of exciting meetings venues throughout the state.

International Confex 2021

London, UK

International Confex is the UK’s leading convention for event planners, existing to create and environment to help support, inspire, and drive the events industry forward.

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 own events. I don’t have time to attend anyone else’s.”

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

For what it’s worth, listen to that second voice every now and then. You deserve it.

You might also be interested in hearing from event leaders on the IN-PERSON Podcast

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published June 4, 2015 and since been updated for 2021.

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