10 Event-Planning Conferences to Consider

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Good event planners know that success requires more than wit and charm. You must also be creative, collaborative, hyper-organized and on top of the hottest trends in the industry. One great way to stay in the know (besides reading expert tips and trends on meetingsimagined.com, of course) is by attending event-planning conferences. These events allow planners to draw creative inspiration from some of the industry’s most brilliant minds, while networking with colleagues (and, cough, competition). And whether you’re on the hunt for fresh décor and culinary ideas or stellar partners, these types of gatherings can be highly beneficial you and your staff. 

Here is a list of 10 event-planning conferences to consider. Before choosing which conference to attend, be sure to connect with colleagues and friends to find the right fit.

ibtm china

Where is it? Beijing, China 
When is it? Aug. 23-24 
What is it? Spend two days talking business, events and influencers at one of the world’s premier venues for event planning, with upward of 15,000 guests in attendance. 

2017 PCMA Global Professionals Conference – APAC

Where is it? Bangkok, Thailand
When is it? Aug. 28-31
What is it? An intimate, invite-only event (sorry, it’s an exclusive one!) that brings together the top planners from associations and corporations, in addition to suppliers from the region. 

London Design Festival 

Where is it? London, England 
When is it? Sept. 16-24
What is it? Spotlighting one of the globe’s hottest cities for design, the London Design Festival is packed with parties, displays and workshops, the hub of which is the historic Victoria & Albert Museum.

Future Festival

Where is it? Toronto, Canada
When is it? Sept. 27-29
What is it? Trend Hunter’s Future Festival has drawn a slew of high-profile attendees to its series of sold-out events around the world, and the new Toronto event is assured to delve deep into the latest innovations in consumer behavior, technology and design. 

The Event Planner Expo 2017 

Where is it? New York
When is it? Oct. 4
What is it? Mingle with big-name event-planning industry pros while you take in the beautiful view at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City.

IMEX America

Where is it? Las Vegas, Nevada
When is it? Oct. 10-12
What is it? Whether you’re looking to exhibit or network, “America’s worldwide exhibition of incentive travel, meetings and events” has a little something for everyone. Plus, you can’t beat an expo in Vegas! 

BizBash Live 

Where is it? New York
When is it? Oct. 25
What is it? One of the premier names in event planning, this get-together draws pros from Disney, Apple, Google and other big players. 

Smart Meeting Southwest 

Where is it? Arlington, Texas
When is it? Nov. 9
What is it? At this final conference of the Smart Meetings 2017 event series, you’ll discuss industry best practices and bump into some of the best of the best. 

ICCA Congress 

Where is it? Prague, Czech Republic
When is it? Nov. 12-15
What is it? Take in the viewpoints from a handful of expert speakers and simultaneously help shape the future of international association meetings at this 1,000-attendee conference. 


Where is it? Las Vegas, Nevada
When is it? Nov. 13-15
What is it? One of the premier conferences in the U.S. for technology in event planning, this year’s gathering will focus on how to use social media to enhance the experience.