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Big Industry Events on Tap for 2020 | Smart Meetings

Last updated: 11-20-2019

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Big Industry Events on Tap for 2020 | Smart Meetings

In addition to arranging events, planners typically attend many industry gatherings each year to make connections, stay on top of new developments, develop skills and pick up hot tips so that they can keep improving. Here are some of the top industry events to look forward to in the United States during the coming year.

San Francisco Travel Association will host PCMA’s Convening Leaders 2020, on Jan. 5–8 at Moscone Center in San Francisco. PCMA has announced the location and dates for its next three Convening Leaders conferences, as well.

Washington, D.C.’s only one-day event for CVBs and event organizers to come together for a full day of learning, Destination Showcase 2020 is set to take place on Feb. 5, 2020, at Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Sara Ross, co-founder of BrainAmped, will be the keynote speaker. The event debuted last year, and is offered jointly by PCMA and Destinations International.

The Association for Women in Events (AWE) will be hosting its second event, Elevate! 2020, on March 5. Its first gathering—held in in Washington, D.C., last year—was such a success that AWE has decided to go bigger, so this year they are headed to one of the biggest convention destinations in the country: Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. You can register here.

The U.S. Travel Association’s IPW, a leading travel trade show, will be in Las Vegas from May 30 to June 3, 2020. IPW Daily has just come out with its fall preview issue to get you ready and excited for the trade-show floor. Check out this page to find out the registration dates and deadlines.

Las Vegas will be busy next June. Twelve days after IPW 2020, Cvent’s Connect will take over Las Vegas’ Caesars Forum Conference Center on June 15–18. It is the world’s largest event technology user conference, and registration has just opened.

While most events are announced the year before they take place, PCMA is known for being well ahead of the game. The 2021 Convening Leaders conference will take place Jan. 10–13 at George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. Caesars Forum be will in Las Vegas will be the site of the 2022 event Jan. 9–12, and Greater Columbus Convention Center in Ohio will host the 2023 gathering Jan. 8–11.

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