13 Must-Attend Hospitality Conferences for Industry Professionals in 2020

Hospitality professionals need to keep a finger on the pulse of the industry to stay ahead. Below, we’ve rounded up the top hospitality conferences for hoteliers, property managers, and executives.

At these hotel conventions, industry insiders can explore innovative solutions to the challenges that are sure to influence revenue.

Before we begin, mark your calendar for Cvent Connect: Las Vegas, coming up June 15-18, 2020. It’s the world’s premier event technology conference featuring hands-on learning, peer network, and the latest hotel marketing technology.

Add these top hospitality conferences for 2020 to your calendar.

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1. HSMAI Digital Marketing Strategy

When: January 22, 2020

Where: New York Marriott Marquis | New York, New York

Host: Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI)

Who it’s for: Senior leaders in hotel marketing

Description: HSMAI’s Digital Marketing Strategy Conference is a great opportunity for networking, engagement and meaningful, thought-provoking conversations. The event attracts marketers, revenue managers, and sales leaders at brands, management companies, ownership groups, and resorts.

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2. The Americas Lodging Investment Summit

When: January 27-29, 2020

Where: JW Marriott & Microsoft Theater | Los Angeles, California

Host: Northstar Travel Group

Who it’s for: Hotel investors and senior leaders

Description: Dubbed the “leading and largest hotel investment conference in the world,” ALIS has been at it for 19 years. Nearly 3,000 industry leaders from around the globe attended in 2018. At the conference, C-suite speakers discussed the latest industry trends. Meanwhile, attendees get ample opportunity to network.

3. BD West: A Boutique Design Trade Fair

When: March 12-13, 2020

Where: Los Angeles Convention Center | Los Angeles, California

Host: Boutique Design

Who it’s for: Hoteliers and investors of independent hotels

Description: BD West is a new generation of trade show for the hospitality industry. Its goal is to educate attendees through interaction, so they can find out what’s on clients’ minds and maximize their networks. Attendees get to hear voices on the client side of the table. By the end, properties can adjust to shifting priorities amongst hotel guests and event planners.

4. Hunter Hotel Investment Conference

When: March 18-20, 2020

Where: Atlanta Marriott Marquis | Atlanta, Georgia

Host: Hunter Hotel Advisors

Who it’s for: Hotel owners and industry influencers

Description: The Hunter Hotel Investment Conference has been recognized as a top hotel convention for over 30 years. Each year, more than 1,700 industry pros flock to the event for expert panels, respected speakers, and unique networking opportunities. Plus, don’t miss Finance Friday — an entire day dedicated to hotel financing and raising equity.

5. International Hotel Technology Forum

When: March 24-26, 2020

Where: Austria Center | Vienna, Austria

Host: Arena International Events Group

Who it’s for: Hoteliers in the EMEA region

Description: Over the course of 3 days, IHTF attendees hear from over 50 presenters. These speakers tackle some of the most pressing issues for the industry. But it’s not just speakers: Attendees also take part in interactive experiences like workshops, debates, round-tables, case studies, and interviews. Better yet, they can choose a track based on their interests and goals: either focus on technology and operations or sales and marketing.

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6. The Boutique Hotel Investment Conference

When: 2020 dates not yet announced

Where: 2020 location not yet announced

Host: Boutique & Lifestyle Leaders Association

Who it’s for: Business professionals in the boutique and lifestyle sector of hospitality

Description: This hospitality convention arms developers with facts, figures, and a compelling presentation for potential investors. Panelists and keynote speakers includes C-level executives from sucessful boutique hotels and other lifestyle brands (like design, fashion and media). Attendees will learn to maneuver the complex, exciting world of boutique hotels and build a network for innovation and support.

7. Hotel Data Conference

When: August 12-14, 2020

Where: JW Marriott Nashville | Nashville, Tennessee

Host: STR and Hotel News Now

Who it’s for: Any hospitality professional interested in using data.

Description: In an industry that runs on data, the Hotel Data Conference can be beneficial for any hotel professional. At this event, hoteliers can learn about putting numbers behind their hotel’s actions. At the conference, more than 140 speakers share data that can help you make better decisions.

8. IMEX America

When: September 15-17, 2020

Where: Sands Expo | Las Vegas, Nevada

Host: IMEX Group

Who it’s for: Hotel meeting and events professionals

Description: As hotels book more group events, their leaders need to stay up to date on the world of incentives travel, meetings, and events. At IMEX 2019, attendees learned how the world of business events is rapidly shifting to a landscape of experiences. At the same time, they found out what they can do to keep up and attract group business.

9. Future Guest Experience

When: September 28-29, 2020

Where: Renaissance Las Vegas | Las Vegas, Nevada

Host: Worldwide Business Research LLC

Who it’s for: CX, technology, guest strategy and operations executives

Description: Thanks to new hospitality technology, guests have new expectations about their hotel experience. At the Future Guest Experiences convention, guest experience pros gather to discuss just that. Attendees will get actionable insights and tactics to use at their hotels, restaurants, casinos, and more.

10. The Lodging Conference

When: September 21-24, 2020

Where: JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort | Phoenix, Arizona

Who it’s for: Hotel owners, presidents, CEOs, and other executives

Description: The Lodging Conference has been extremely popular for years, with a whopping attendance of 1,900+ in 2018. The hotel industry’s most influential leaders join to strategize about development, finance, franchising, management, construction, design, and operations. It’s really considered more than just a conference — it’s like a think tank. All attendees can join the conversation.

11. Direct Booking Summit Americas

When: September 22-23, 2020

Where: San Diego, California

Host: Triptease

Who it’s for: Hotel sales managers

Description: If your goal is to increase direct bookings, this hotel conference is for you. Attendees can participate in more than 25 talks, panels, and workshops. Some of these include case studies from the world’s leading hoteliers. The event also includes unique networking access to DBS’ hand-picked vendors. Oh, and there’s an after-party with a reputation as big as the event itself.

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12. The Annual Hotel Conference

When: October 7-8, 2020

Where: 2020 location not yet announced

Host: Questex Hospitality Group

Who it’s for: All hotel professionals

Description: The AHC is considered the leading event for the UK hotel industry. More than 900+ attendees hear from acclaimed speakers in interactive workshops, debates, and panel discussions. Last year’s “Innovate to Elevate” theme showcased not just industry pros, but also investors, developers, designers, architects, consultants, tourism leaders, and a regional tourist board. Check out the “State of the Industry” panel from the 2018 iteration below.


When: May 4, 2020

Where: Los Angeles, California

Who it’s for: Hospitality industry leaders

Description: The TOPHOTELWORLDTOUR is a series of one-day conferences around the world for industry leaders. It’s all about networking. The event is based on “Change Table Sessions,” which make it easy to meet all fellow attendees in one day. Delegates will create longstanding relationships and enjoy a range of topics covered by respected keynote speakers. Make sure to check out the other iterations hosted all over the globe.

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