2016 Event Conferences & Trade Shows for Event Planners

By Jorge Lopez | EventProfs Digest

Apr 29
2016 Event Trade Shows for Event Planners

Everyone knows that conferences are an amazing way to network. So we have put together a list of the upcoming national trade shows and best conferences for event planners, product/service sellers in the meetings industry, hotelier, audio-visual, florist, transportation, catering, etc., for the remainder of 2016. For those of you, like us, that are interested in networking with other professionals in the events and meeting space.

Regardless of the fact that we are a few months in, now is a good time to plan out the rest of your professional development opportunities.

​Attending these trade show events is always a great boost to your continued education, leadership, and career development skills within our industry.

​So open up another tab, log in to google calendar (or your favorite app/site equivalent) and plan those dates!

May

​BizBash Expo LIve
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

May 25th

These once-a-year, one-day events are where the most influential names in the industry network, collaborate, discover, and become inspired to create incredible events.

BizBash Live: The Expo is the ultimate trade show and conference, packed with today’s hottest vendors, new ideas, thought-provoking education, and the latest trends in events.

Known as the “summer school for event planners,” the Elevate conference is a hands-on, intensive day filled with compelling insights from industry leaders and game-changers.

june

​ITBM America
Chicago, IL

June 15-17

ibtm America is where meetings, events & incentives industry decision makers meet for global business adventures. June 15-17, 2016 at the stunning Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, Nashville, U.S.

This fresh 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 100% mutually matched so you only have relevant meetings.

When businesses connect at ibtm America, great things happen. Connections mean everything.

​WEC 2016 World Education Congress
Atlantic CIty, NJ

June 11-14

Whether you’re a meeting professional in need of advanced education in creating memorable experiences and managing medical meetings or a novice looking to expand your knowledge of meeting best practices, WEC's pre-conference programs are a time-efficient way to boost your professional profile while sharpening the skills you need to succeed in today’s business environment.

july

​Bizbash Expo
Los Angeles, CA

July 13

BizBash Live: The Expo returns for one day to the California Market Center, delivering a day packed with inspiration, innovation, and collaboration. With 1,500 event professionals under one roof, imagine the AHA moments that will be discovered—at the various presentations, including the Event Innovation Forum with leading event thought leaders, at the Workshop Series with hands-on education, or at the Exhibit Floor filled with thousands of new ideas to improve your events.

NACE Experience Conference  Expo
Ft. Lauderdale, FL

July 17-20

The Experience Conference and Expo is the only major industry conference that serves everyone in the catering and events industry. At Experience, attendees find education in every moment that they are on site, from the meals they are served to high-ranking breakout sessions and award winning national keynote speakers.

August

Elevate - Presented by BizBash
Washington, DC

August 3rd

Experience the return of Elevate, a one-day conference where you'll rethink and explore the new attendee journey at events. Featuring in-depth workshops on event marketing, technology, design, sponsorships, and other topics, you'll discover innovative ideas and compelling insights from the most influential names in events.

ISES Live
Austin, TX

August 11-13

Produced by the International Special Events Society, ISES LIVE is an international conference created to deliver an experience of stimulating ideas and knowledge sharing with other creative professionals from around the world.

Uniquely designed, ISES LIVE centers on the role of CREATIVITY, INNOVATION and COLLABORATION in live event experiences. 2 days of engaging conversation with top creatives in varied fields including event planning and production, film, fashion, music, art and design.

October

IMEX America
Las Vegas, NV

October 18-20

IMEX America returns to Las Vegas bigger and better - and with more events than ever. This high-energy show is all about making power connections. Stay ahead of the pace with three full days dedicated to serious business. Boost your knowledge and career with education programs from the visionary thinkers, leading associations and industry groups. Feel the buzz of networking with all the key players in one place. IMEX America is the event for business, education and networking. This is the pulse of the meetings industry.

November

BizBash Expo
New York, NY

November 15th

These once-a-year, one-day events are where the most influential names in the industry network, collaborate, discover, and become inspired to create incredible events.

BizBash Live: The Expo is the ultimate trade show and conference, packed with today’s hottest vendors, new ideas, thought-provoking education, and the latest trends in events.

Known as the “summer school for event planners,” the Elevate conference is a hands-on, intensive day filled with compelling insights from industry leaders and game-changers.

December

​Expo! Expo! IAEE's Annual Meeting & Exhibition is the “show for shows.” Exhibition and events industry professionals attend this premier show to learn about the latest industry trends and technology, as well as network with like-minded professionals. This spectacular face-to-face meeting provides attendees with a diverse marketplace to view and assess the tools needed to plan and manage successful trade shows and events for years to come.

Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition offers a unique advantage for:

  • All industry professionals looking for new ideas and fresh approaches on how to conduct business
  • Show managers seeking additional, new, and practical cutting-edge skills to enhance their industry knowledge
  • Meeting and event planners looking to add an exhibition to their future events
  • Marketing/sales managers seeking a base of knowledge in the industry they represent
  • Industry suppliers, including hotel personnel, who seek a complete overview and understanding of the show development process

Which of these trade shows are you excited about going to, or have already registered for?

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