The Events for Event Profs in 2017. January – June

Any event professional who wants to stay competitive in the exciting and fast-paced world of event management needs to constantly get updated with the latest industry trends. What is the best way to do that? Indeed, it’s attending events specifically devoted to the event industry. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of some of the most significant events for eventprofs worldwide in 2017. Enjoy!



8  – 11  January, 2017
Austin, TX, US

PCMA Convening Leaders gathers event professionals to develop winning business strategies and benefit from unique learning experiences – filled with inspirational presentations, real-world case studies, peer exchange and access to leading solution providers.

10 – 12 January, 2017
Long Beach, CA, US

At The Special Event 2016 (TSE), the industry’s premier tradeshow and conference for event professionals, you’ll connect with over 5,000 event colleagues, exhibitors, and mentors. If you produce events, TSE is your show! Visitors can select from over 100 education sessions, attend showcasing events, network with fellow event profs, and browse through thousands of products on the exhibit hall floor.


16 – 17 January, 2017
The Hague, the Netherlands | London, UK | Torun, Poland | Brussels, Belgium | Lisbon, Portugal

The FRESH is where meeting planners, designers and organizers meet to take a dive into new meeting formats,  get hands-on with fresh techniques, test the latest technology, discover start-ups, experience acts and more. The meeting industry is undergoing a huge shift with technology, regulation, safety, environment and changing political climate. FRESH proposes a new meeting format – a multi-city meeting to provide the answers to many of these challenges by saving on travel, environment and out-of-the-office time; enabling a new kind of meeting.


18  – 19  January, 2017
Ljubljana, Slovenia

Conventa is the main professional meeting industry gathering of New Europe bringing together over 140 meeting industry providers from Central and South East Europe as well as emerging destinations of New Europe and more than 250 carefully selected hosted buyers from all over Europe.

18 – 20 January, 2017
St. Petersburg, Russia

EFEA is the first events industry forum in Russia unites organisers of exhibitions, forums and conferences, specialists in business and incentive tourism as well as specialized contractor organisations and customers from among the representatives of Russian and foreign business communities.

HLST – International Conference on Hospitality, Leisure, Sports and Tourism

19 – 21 January, 2017
Bali, Indonesia

HLST aims to provide a platform for researchers, academicians, practitioners as well as industrial professionals from all over the world to present their research results and development activities in the fields of Hospitality, Leisure, Sports, and Tourism.


24 – 26 January, 2017
Dublin, Ireland

Eventex features disruptive masterclasses and an awards gala for global event professionals. In 2017, the 80/20 conference format is at the heart of this three-day event experience that includes masterclasses and mash sessions with some of the movers and shakers in the industry today. The lineup offers an interesting array of sessions that has something for everyone in the industry.



2 February, 2017
Ottawa, Canada

Tête-à-Tête brings together premier suppliers, association executives, government procurers and the meetings industry, to do business. With over 550 delegates, 160 sponsors and exhibitors, inspiring and educational speakers, Tête-à-Tête is a must attend event.

Mice Connect by Bedouk

2 February, 2017
Paris, France

The 16th edition of the trade show is expected to gather more than 180 exhibitors as well as 1,500 buyers targeting event organizers, service providers and hotels or destinations. MICE Connect also attracts buyers in the insurance, industry and finance sectors.

6 – 9 February, 2017
Teheran, Iran

The Iran Hotel Travel & Tourism International Exhibition targets the sectors of travelling services and solutions, hotel services, accommodation services, luxury services, tourism operating programs and services, tour planning services, tourism accessories and all products and services that are associated with the tourism industry.

ibtm arabia

7 – 9 February, 2017
Abu Dhabi, UAE

ibtm arabia is the first all-inclusive 5-star MICE event in the Middle East for international and regional suppliers and buyers.

8 – 9 February, 2017
Vilnius, Lithuania

Convene is an annual business to business two-day event for the meetings industry for the countries of the Baltic region. It is an international showcase for the regional meetings industry which accelerates the interest in, and demand for, holding meetings, incentives and conferences in the region.

21 – 22 February, 2017
Melbourne, Australia

AIME is a two-day exhibition for those involved in organising business travel, meetings, incentives and events. The event allows elite meeting planners and buyers to join exhibitors for an exclusive opportunity to hold one-to-one meetings and access quality education and networking events.

22 – 23 February, 2017
Stockholm, Sweden

Nordic’s largest and most business-driven trade show within the meeting and event industry!

22 – 24 February, 2017
Istanbul, Turkey

Meet with most important MICE companies and buyers as well as exhibitors representing PCO’s, event management companies, hotels, technology and event support companies and make new connections under one single roof.

27 February – 1 March, 2017
Johannesburg, South Africa

In recent years, the global meetings industry has begun to recognise Africa as a sought after destination. Meetings Africa showcases Africa’s diverse offering of services and products where African associations and African meetings industry professionals can partner to help transform our continent.



1 – 2 March, 2017
London, UK

International Confex, is the UK’s all encompassing meetings and events industry exhibition gathering organisers of both national and international events. It provides the largest buying forum for the events industry with venues, destinations, suppliers and buyers networking and doing business.

Event Production Show

1 – 2 March, 2017
London, UK

The Event Production Show is a leading event and awards gala for the UK’s live event sector, bringing together full event infrastructure suppliers and the industry’s leading organisers for that all important face time.

DMAI Destination Showcase

2 March, 2017
Washington DC, US

This is collaborative and dynamic one-day event offering meeting professionals the opportunity to connect with over 150 destinations in one location, and better understand how DMOs can drive more successful meetings. Destination Showcase has been completely revamped for 2017 to maximize opportunities for meaningful connections between planners and DMOs.

EMEC European Meetings & Events Conference

5  – 7 March, 2017
Granada, Spain

The annual European Meetings and Event Conference (EMEC) is a signature event through which MPI delivers top-rate education, networking and business opportunities to the international meeting and event community. From an entire interactive general session focused on pitching business to MPI’s invaluable Hosted Buyer Programme, EMEC 2017 is an environment that brings planners and suppliers together to collaborate, solve problems and confront challenges head-on—together!

8 – 10 March, 2017
Punta del Este, Uruguay

The 34th Congress of the Latin American Federation of Professional Congress Organizers is an event for conference organizers, airlines, ministries of tourism, presidents of associations of the member countries which offers 3 full days of academic activity and networking.

8 – 12 March, 2017
Berlin, Germany

ITB Berlin is the global travel industry’s leading trade show – all in one location: countries, cities and regions, tour operators, online booking portals and hotels, and many other service providers from over 180 countries present their products and services.

12 – 15 March, 2017
New Orleans, LA, USA

Touted as the ultimate and most extensive tradeshow and conference for the catering and special event industries, visitors will be inspired by the variety of educational sessions. Moreover, you will interact with thousands of qualified decision makers from around the world, discover hundreds of ideas, including trending foods, inventive techniques, and new products and services for your catered events. With more than 400+ exhibitors at the tradeshow, there’s truly something for everyone.

12 – 16 March, 2017
Las Vegas, US

The 29th Annual Training Conference for Trade Show Exhibit and Event Managers and Marketers features the newest exhibit marketing and management techniques, a wide array of experts and exclusive university-affiliated professional certification.

13 March, 2017
Moscow, Russia

The Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions business in Russia is expanding fast and the Moscow MICE Forum provides a professional and cost effective platform for International suppliers to meet the key players in this rapidly expanding section of the Russian tourism industry.

IPEC Independent planners Education Conference

19 – 22 March, 2017
Colorado Springs, CO, US

Connect with the top hotels, CVBs, DMCs and venues from across the US in pre-scheduled one-on-one appointments and unique experiential networking events, while enjoying a fully hosted, three-night stay at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs.

22 – 24 March, 2016
Seoul, Korea

ASAE’s Great Ideas in Association Management Conference is a unique opportunity to connect with other executives from the region, the US, and Europe on best practices in association management.
The content for the conference has been developed by the 2017 ASAE Asia Pacific Advisory Task Force, a group of your association peers from the region. The content will be delivered by executives with a wealth of association management experience with a focus on discussions and the expression of diverse perspectives.

Connections Luxury

26 – 29 March, 2017
Hyderabad, India
Invitation only

Connections is the global networking and event organiser exclusively serving senior leaders and experts in luxury, wellness and meetings. The main objective is to change the conventional and corporate mind-set of how business and meetings should be done. Every event is different, but the agenda includes a mix of interactive group experiences, targeted workshops and roundtable discussions of topical issues as well as one-to-one business meetings. Connections is brought to different locations around the globe, and the experiences are unique and typical of the region where each event is hosted in order to showcase not only the hotel but the destination itself.

MIS – Meeting & Incentive Summit

28 March, 2017
Madrid, Spain
Price: 150 EUR (free for hosted buyers)

MIS is an exclusive conference focused in the meetings and incentives industry. Attendance is limited to only corporate planners, managers of associations and agencies; and where event suppliers can participate only as exhibitors. MIS 2017 promises to be an unforgettable experience focusing on discovering and learning.

28 – 30 March, 2017
Toronto, Canada

CSE Live brings together everything planners need to create powerful live experiences and build rewarding new business relationships.



2 – 4 April, 2017
Milan, Italy

For more than 30 years, the International Travel Exhibition brings together more than 1.500 Hosted Buyers from Italy and abroad, more than 2.000 participating companies and more than 60.000 professional visitors. Along with the four main sectors – Leisure, Luxury, MICE and Destination Sport – there are to be three visitor itineraries dedicated to themed areas that are seeing great growth: A Bit of Taste (food and wine), Be Tech (digital) and I love wedding (dedicated to honeymoons).

5 – 6 April, 2017
Dublin, Ireland
Visitors: over 300

Ticketing Technology Forum explores, debates and showcases the latest trends, innovations and technologies that will deliver the next generation of live entertainment ticketing solutions. The Forum incorporates Ticketing Technology Awards, recognising leadership, innovation and achievement in the application of technology in ticketing across sports, performing arts, music, cinema, live entertainment and visitor attractions.

20 April, 2017
Cape Town, South Africa

ibtm africa is where meetings, events and incentives industry decision makers meet for business adventures across Africa.The 2017 edition of the event will take place during Africa Travel Week between 19 – 23 April 2017 at the CTICC (Cape Town International Convention Centre) where elite meeting planners and buyers will join exhibitors for an exclusive opportunity access quality education and networking events.

30 April – 2 May, 2017
Sydney, Australia

The National MEA Conference is the largest and most established conference that represents all sectors of the Australian events industry that offers a platform to learn, network and grow. The program encourages discussion on current and potential issues affecting the meetings and events industry in Australia and around the globe. This year, the organizers promise to push the boundaries and challenge you to open your minds to the possibilities to improve the delivery of events.



The Experiential Marketing Summit

3 – 5 May, 2017
Chicago, IL, US

The ultimate training conference on the ultimate marketing discipline: experiential marketing. Attended by more than 1,500 marketers–and powered by a speaking faculty from the world’s leading brands–the Summit delivers the most mission-critical trends and best practices available on face-to-face marketing. At the Summit, you’re not just passing the heads of experiential marketing from Pepsi, Microsoft, Cisco, Bacardi, Intel, Red Bull and dozens more in the hallway—they’re your actual teachers, along with hand-picked design experts, strategy chiefs and bestselling authors.

4 May, 2017
Fort Lauderdale, FL, US

The Expo consists of a full day packed with inspiration, innovation and collaboration. The program included the Event Innovation Forum with leading event thought leaders, the Workshop Series with hands-on education, and the Exhibit Floor filled with thousands of new ideas to improve events.

11 – 12 May, 2017
Tallinn, Estonia

BFEF is an annual forum devoted to the development of the events market in the Baltic States. It

brings together in one place information from and about organizers, contractors and clients in a creative environment in which ideas themselves are exciting events. The forum provides practical and theoretical ideas for events as well as a platform for productive dialogue from all participants in the events industry and key event customers.

IMEX Frankfurt

16 – 18 May , 2017
Frankfurt, Germany

IMEX in Frankfurt is an efficient, one-stop-shop for planners looking to book and organise worldwide meetings, events and incentive travel programmes. 3,500 exhibitors come to IMEX each year (including tourist boards, convention bureaus, international hotel chains, airlines and destination management companies). They’re poised to do business with the 9,000 visitors (including almost 4,000 hosted buyers) who attend during three energetic and very inspirational days.

17 – 19 May, 2017
Barcelona, Spain

IACC’s Spring Conferences combine the industry’s most up-to-date information and best practices with its top leaders in the frontlines in law, security, government and business. Spring Conference attendees come from all continents to network and share their views on the latest IP trends and solutions.

Connections Luxury

21 – 24 May, 2017
Powerscourt Hotel, Ireland
Invitation only

Connections is the global networking and event organiser exclusively serving senior leaders and experts in luxury, wellness and meetings. The main objective is to change the conventional and corporate mind-set of how business and meetings should be done. Every event is different, but the agenda includes a mix of interactive group experiences, targeted workshops and roundtable discussions of topical issues as well as one-to-one business meetings. Connections is brought to different locations around the globe, and the experiences are unique and typical of the region where each event is hosted in order to showcase not only the hotel but the destination itself.

C2 – MPI Experiential Event Series

24 – 26 May, 2017
Montréal, Canada

C2 has been voted the #1 Most Innovative Conference for two years running. Each year, in a collaborative environment specifically designed to provoke collisions and spark new ideas, C2 Montréal inspires 5,000 executives by offering an opportunity to interact and meet with key event organizers; high-level education in the areas of event design, business acumen, security and media relations as well as a behind-the-scenes experience to several areas of the event.

ECEF Exhibition and Convention Executives Forum

31 May, 2017
Washington, DC, US

Every year, 200 leaders of the exhibition and convention industry gather for the ECEF, the event exclusively for C-executives — CEOs, Presidents, Executive Directors and Vice Presidents — at associations and independent organisers. Event leaders make connections, discuss business opportunities and explore ways to increase revenue. C-level content focuses on innovations and field-tested strategies for keeping conventions and exhibitions relevant. ECEF enforces strict credentialing, and all participants must be qualified before registering.



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SAACI Congress

2 – 4 June, 2017
Tshwane, South Africa

SAACI Congress is the annual conference of the Southern African Association for the Conference Industry– the recognised umbrella body of the business events industry. The 2017 congress is themed ‘[email protected], preparing for multiple futures.’

5 – 7 June, 2017
Santiago, Chile

FIEXPO Latin America is an International Show of the Meetings and Incentives Market aimed at promoting this industry’s infrastructure and services in South and Central America, the Caribbean and Mexico. For two days it will be summoning the premier tourism destinations in the field of meetings, incentives and business at a same venue. Participants have a minimum of six daily interviews previously scheduled with international “buyers,” and they will also be able to set their own appointments with representatives of the continent’s professional associations, whose conventions rotate periodically across the continent.

PCMA 2017 Education Conference

11 – 14 June, 2017
New York City, US

This event intends to re-imagine the future of event design. Activities include conversations with thought leaders who bring fresh outside perspectives. In a city rich with design, art, architecture, fashion and more, the organisers promise to use these attributes to drive conversations and innovative thinking and inspire you to think outside the traditional meeting paradigm.

12 – 16 June, 2017
Las Vegas, US

Event and hospitality professionals will have the opportunity to learn about new technology solutions, discover best practices, and network with their peers, providing them the ability to maximize the ROI of their event spend. In addition, delegates will earn CMP credits, receive hands-on Cvent training and learn the latest meeting and event industry trends.

13 – 15 June, 2017
London, UK

The Meetings Show is the premier event for the UK inbound and outbound meetings industry. The event offers an opportunity to meet more than 600 of the finest destinations, hotels, venues, DMCs and technology providers in order to inspire and energise delegates to create unforgettable events.

14 – 16 June, 2017
South Florida, US

ibtm america unites meetings, events and incentives industry decision makers with leading suppliers for global business adventures. The fresh new format offers one-to-one meetings between top suppliers and pre-qualified meeting and event planners with proven business to place in the US and globally. Appointments are mutually matched to ensure that you only have relevant meetings.

19 – 22 June, 2017
Las Vegas, US

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

PCMA European Influencers Summit

25 – 27 June, 2017
Monte Carlo, Monaco

The 2017 PCMA European Influencers Summit will seek to gain insights and expertise to develop solutions by Europeans for Europeans in the Business Events industry. PCMA will bring together approximately 40 European industry leaders to share knowledge, discuss community engagement and create a new framework for PCMA education delivered in the market.


Have we missed any important event for the event industry? Let us know with a comment below and we may include it in the list.
Check out Part II: The Events for Event Profs in 2017. July – December

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