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15 Must-Attend Hotel Conferences for Industry Professionals in 2019

As we charge ahead toward 2019, the world of hotel properties is as dynamic as it’s ever been. From new technologies to the changing expectations driving the guest experience, group business, and event sales, properties need to keep their collective fingers on the pulse of the industry to stay ahead. Below, we’ve rounded up the top hotel conferences where hoteliers, property managers, and executives can explore innovative solutions to the challenges that are sure to influence revenue in 2019.

Be sure to budget for these top hotel conferences in the year ahead.

1. HSMAI Digital Marketing Strategy

January 23 | New York Marriott Marquis

HSMAI’s Digital Marketing Strategy Conference brings senior leaders in hotel marketing together for networking, engagement, and meaningful, thought-provoking conversations — just like it has for more than fifteen years. Curated specifically for hoteliers, this event targets marketing, revenue management, and sales leaders at brands, management companies, ownership groups, and resorts. (You can meet and glean insights from some of last years attendees in the video below.)

2. The Americas Lodging Investment Summit

January 23 | New York Marriott Marquis

Dubbed the “leading and largest hotel investment conference in the world,” ALIS has been at it for 18 years. Nearly 3,000 industry leaders from around the globe convened in Los Angeles for the 2018 iteration, where the latest industry trends were presented. Hoteliers can expect the same to take place this year, as well as a plethora of networking and deal-making opportunities.

3. BD West – A Boutique Design Trade Fair

March 13 – 14 | Los Angeles Convention Center

BD West is a new generation of trade fair that educates attendees through interaction, giving them the opportunity to find out what’s on clients’ minds and maximize their networks. This gathering of principals, project designers, hoteliers, and investors incorporates leading voices on the client side of the table, so that properties can adjust to shifting priorities amongst hotel guests and event planners.

4. 30th Annual Hunter Hotel Conference

March 20 -22 | Atlanta Marriott Marquis

Long recognized as one of the nation’s top conferences for hoteliers, the Hunter Hotel Investment Conference is celebrating its 31st iteration this spring. Over 1,700 key hotel owners and leading industry influencers will join together from a broad range of organizations, 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

May 14 – 16 | Palma, Mallorca

Over the course of 3 days, attendees of IHTF will hear over 50 presenters tackle some of the most pressing issues facing a rapidly-changing industry. Delegates will take part in an interactive experience of workshops, debates, round-tables, case studies and interviews split across two focuses: technology issues and sales and marketing. Alongside these learning opportunities, delegates and suppliers will have the opportunity to attend a series of pre-scheduled business meetings where hoteliers are matched with top solution providers.

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6. The Boutique Hotel Investment Conference

June 5 | New York City

Business professionals in the boutique and lifestyle sector of hospitality need a deep understanding of the investment landscape to thrive. This conference hosted by the BLLA arms developers with facts, figures and a compelling presentation for potential investors, lenders or equity partners — all by bringing together top players in the industry to share their insights as panelists and keynote speakers. Properties will be given the tools to maneuver the complex, exciting world of boutique hotels and build a network for innovation and support.

7. HSMAI Revenue Optimization Conference

June 18 – 19 | The Newseum Washington, DC

For more than 15 years, HSMAI’s Revenue Optimization Conference has held fast as the most compelling and comprehensive revenue-management event for the industry. This year, more than 650 key stakeholders will convene to address critical trends in the field today. Powerful educational and networking opportunities make ROC a must-attend for learning and engagement — just check out the recap below to see why.

9. Hotel Data Conference (Hosted by STR)

August 14 – 16 | JW Marriott Nashville

In an industry that runs on data, Hotel Data Conference is the premier event for hoteliers looking for a quantitative pulse of the industry and upcoming trends. Hosted by STR, the conference aggregates a robust collection of proprietary data presented by 140 different speakers from leading organizations in the industry.

10. IMEX America

September 10 – 12 | Sands Expo Las Vegas

With group business becoming an ever-growing piece of the property success puzzle, it’s more important than ever for hotels to keep up with the changing world of incentives travel, meetings, and events. At IMEX 2019, delegates will experience the cutting-edge of events education, learn how the world of business events is rapidly shifting to a landscape of experiences, and find out what their properties can do to keep up with and attract group business.

11. Future Guest Experiences

September 11 – 12 | M Resort (Henderson, NV)

With rapid innovation in hospitality technology, expectations around guest experiences are rapidly evolving. Future Guest Experiences gathers CX, technology, guest strategy, and operations executives to discuss innovation, personalization and guest engagement. It offers attendees a chance to learn about the latest tactics industry leaders are using to drive guest engagement in hotels, restaurants, casinos and airlines.

12. The Lodging Conference

September 23 – 26 | JW Marriott Desert Ridge (Phoenix)

The Lodging Conference has sold out for the last six iterations with a whopping attendance of 1900+ in 2018. The hotel industry’s most influential owners, operators, presidents, CEOs and dealmakers will join to strategize about development, finance, franchising, management, construction, design, and operations. Considered more than just a conference, this think tank gives all attendees the opportunity to join in the conversation and discuss the relevant issues in a rapidly-changing industry.

13. Direct Booking Summit Americas

October 23 – 24 | Miami, FL

The industry’s largest event series dedicated to direct bookings will take place in Miami this fall. Delegates will take part in over 25 talks, panels, and workshops, including case-study based learning opportunities from the world’s leading hoteliers. The event also includes unique networking access to DBS’ hand-picked solution providers and an after-party with a reputation as big as the event itself.

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14. The Annual Hotel Conference

October 9 – 10 | Hilton Manchester Deansgate

Running for the 16th year and attracting 900+ delegates with each iteration, the AHC is considered the leading event for the UK hotel industry. An acclaimed program of world class keynote speakers, engaging presentations by industry leaders, interactive workshops, debates and panel discussions will impart delegates with innovative insights from senior leaders in the industry. This year’s “Innovate to Elevate” theme will bring together hoteliers, owners, operators and managers as well as 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.)


November 12 | New York City

The TOPHOTELWORLDTOUR is a series of one-day conferences around the world for industry leaders in the world of hospitality.  Focused almost entirely on networking, the conference is tailored to make it easy to meet all fellow attendees in one day. Delegates will create longstanding relationships for their respective properties, and enjoy a range of topics covered by respected keynote speakers — from hotel development and innovations to analyses of local markets. (Make sure to check out the other iterations hosted all over the globe.)

Did we leave a great hotel conference off of this list? Let us know in the comments and we’ll be sure to add it.