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5 of the Top Event Planning Conferences in 2022

The event industry has had to adapt even more than usual over the past couple of years. In 2021, many national conferences and conventions became hybrid affairs, offering both virtual attendance options in addition to (or sometimes in place of) in-person attendance. Event industry professionals all over the globe have seen incredible changes shape their pre-pandemic world operational procedures, and the top event planning conferences of 2022 plan to address which changes are here to stay. 

Let’s take a look at how the top event planning conferences of 2022 will address industry trends, innovations in technology, and help industry professionals navigate the ever-evolving world of event management. 

Explore 5 of the top event planning conferences of 2022

1. Cvent CONNECT 2022

April 11-14 | Caesars Forum | Las Vegas

Once again, event planning and hospitality professionals from all over the world will gather to discuss the future of event tech and marketing at Cvent CONNECT in Las Vegas. In-person and virtual attendance options are available for attendees from a variety of professional event industries including event planners, experience makers, engagement experts, marketing managers, production professionals, and many more. Attendees are able to select their professional industry niche during the registration process, allowing for a more personalized and beneficial conference experience. 

Connect with industry professionals, explore new technologies, meet vendors, and get introduced to new venues at CONNECT 2022. Attendees can expect to leave the conference with a set of inspired strategies tailored to fit their individual business and event planning style. 

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2. The Special Event (TSE)

May 2-5 | Anaheim Convention Center | Anaheim

The Special Event is meant to celebrate everything that the event planning industry represents. Whether you’re looking to make connections and network with experts or find modern business solutions that work for you, TSE offers something for everyone in the event industry. Meet new suppliers, discover new event technology, and work with industry professionals to improve your event planning business.

The Special Event caters to a variety of industry professionals, including florists, wedding planners, event planners, caterers, event rental companies, and more.

Both a conference and a tradeshow, event professionals can visit the conference website to purchase tickets or reserve a booth. A variety of passes and pricing options are available.

As is tradition, the Special Events Annual Awards Gala will be held at The Special Event as well. 

3. The Event Planner Expo 2022

October 11-13 | The Metropolitan Pavilion | New York City

2022 marks the 10 year anniversary of the Event Planner Expo. In-person and virtual attendance options are available for planning professionals interested in seeing what the event has to offer. The milestone expo aims to help event planners learn ways to improve their business and have a thriving 2022.

Designed for corporate decision-makers, event planners, marketing professionals and PR reps alike, the Event Planner Expo is a major networking event focused on building relationships with industry experts. Consider attending this hybrid event if you’re interested in forging partnerships that will improve your business, networking with top executives, and hearing powerful keynote speakers. 

2022’s keynote speakers are set to include Jesse Itzler and Jason Feifer. Itzler is a mindset coach, entrepreneur, and New York Times best selling author, while Feifer is podcast host, author, startup advisor, and editor-in-chief of Entrepreneur magazine. 

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4. IMEX America 2022 

October 11-13 | Mandalay Bay | Las Vegas 

Another iconic annual conference for event planners, IMEX America returns in October of 2022. Planners may choose to exhibit at the conference or attend. Exhibiting at IMEX grants access to the opportunity to meet 4,200+ global decision makers with real buying power in one of the biggest meeting markets in the world.

Interested in attending instead? Attendees of 2022’s IMEX America conference will be able to access an extensive variety of suppliers. All set up on a single show floor for attendee convenience, guests can explore more than 3,500 square feet of space featuring more 3,500+ exhibitors from 155 countries. 

Join the IMEX Run for some industry-inspired exercise, connect with industry hot-shots at VIP receptions, hear from powerful speakers, and choose which educational events you’ll benefit from most. With over 200 total educational events taking place during the conference, event planners are sure to leave energized, invigorated, and inspired. 

5. ICEMPC 2022

October 6-7 | TBA | Beijing

Conducted by the International Research Confederation, the International Conference on Event Management Planning and Coordination will take place in Beijing, China in 2022. At ICEMPC, academics, researchers, and scientists get together to exchange ideas, share experiences, and discuss developments related to event management, coordination, planning, and meeting industry trends.

The conference consists of a variety of scholarly events and diverse presentations that provide attendees with access to high-quality industry research, data, and analysis. Students, scholars, and researchers will gather to discuss the innovation of new technologies as well as analyze trends in the event planning and management industries.

Mark your calendar with these 2022 event planning conferences!

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