7 Inspiring Meetings Industry Conferences You Won’t Want to Miss in 2023

February 7, 2023

As the meetings and events industry continues its robust return to face-to-face in 2023, a plethora of industry events are happening this year that event professionals won’t want to miss. As we in the events industry well know, not only are industry conferences an excellent source of professional development, with plentiful educational opportunities on tap to inform and inspire, they’re also a wonderful way to convene with peers and make new business connections, all under one roof. Here, the Corporate Event News team has curated a short list of upcoming U.S.-based events that meeting and event professionals should consider attending in 2023!

Connect Spring Marketplace, April 11-13, The Venetian Resort Las Vegas

A not-to-miss annual conference and trade show for meetings and hospitality industry professionals, Connect Spring Marketplace is an experience-heavy event featuring Connect’s signature one-on-one appointments, premium educational content, plentiful networking opportunities and a bustling “reverse trade show” featuring almost 200 exhibitors. Make new business connections, experience creative activations and learn about new revenue-producing opportunities at this hosted buyer event.

MPI World Education Congress (WEC), June 13-15, Barcelo Maya Riviera Resort, Mexico

Recognized for four consecutive years as one of the top association conferences in the world, WEC is Meeting Professionals International’s (MPI) signature event, delivering premier education, business and networking opportunities for meeting and event professionals. Get ready to refresh your mindset and feel inspired to re-invent your events through the connections and actionable education you need to advance yourself as an event professional!

PCMA EduCon 2023, June 25-28, Palais des Congrès de Montréal and Hotel Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, Montreal, Québec

Presented by the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), EduCon is an energizing, innovative and immersive event offering executive-level educational programming geared toward thought leaders, event marketers, experience designers and business event strategists from across the globe. Attendees will have a chance to connect with colleagues from all sectors of the events industry, take advantage of small-group learning opportunities, learn about current trends and the latest developments in event technology, and discover new ideas for event best practices.

CEMA Summit 2023, Aug. 6-8, Hyatt Regency Salt Lake City

Powered by PCMA, the Corporate Event Marketing Association (CEMA) advances strategic event marketing and marketing communications for senior-level corporate event marketers and industry professionals. Designed for event marketing professionals including marketing directors, corporate event and trade show executives, agency professionals and industry solutions providers representing the top brands in the events industry, CEMA Summit provides the knowledge, insights and tools needed to thrive in the rapidly evolving event marketing industry.

IBTM Americas, Sept. 13-14, Centro Citibanamex, Mexico City

Known as a connection bridge for the professional meetings and events industry community across the Americas, IBTM Americas brings event planners together to do business, network, engage and inspire one another. This vibrant hosted buyer trade show and conference is expected to draw in more than 900 exhibitors spanning more than 177,000 square feet of expo space, which means planners will have access to a plethora of suppliers via one-on-one meetings, alongside premium industry education and lively networking events.

The Event Planner Expo 2023, Oct. 10-12, various locations, New York City

As New York City’s top trade show for the events and hospitality industry, The Event Planner Expo is considered a premier destination for meeting and event planners, corporate decision-makers and marketing and PR professionals. Besides a bustling expo showcasing top venues and services, the show also offers its popular Speaker Series, featuring esteemed keynote speakers, panels and fireside chats with top business leaders sharing knowledge and innovative business strategies.

IMEX America, Oct. 17-19, Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas

Well-established as one of the leading conferences and trade shows for the global meetings, events, incentives and business travel industry, IMEX America brings together meeting and event professionals for four days of discovery, specialist education and networking on and off the show floor. At this award-winning hosted buyer event, meeting professionals will find all the suppliers they need for their events under one roof—from new venues in major cities across the world to the latest event technology providers.


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