Events Every Event Manager Should Attend in 2019

Akriti AroraEvent Industry, Event Managers

Event industry is so huge that while you are reading this, an event is taking place somewhere. It doesn’t matter if you are an event organizer, an event manager, or a curious soul, there is an event per your needs. Event organizers and managers have to keep themselves updated with the latest trends and challenges in the industry. You can not simply attend an event just because you like the name or the venue.

Find out what value will that event add to you, list down your goals and map them with the event agenda. As someone associated with the event industry, you can’t show up clueless. There are events that talk about the event industry beyond what it looks. We bring you the list of best events for event managers. You should aim to attend at least one of them to brush up your skills.

1. MPI WEC (Meeting Professionals International, World Education Congress)

Meeting Professionals International host WEC every year. WEC stands for World Education Congress and it is the largest education event. This year, MPI will take place in Toronto and gather like minded people from various industries. The event caters to event managers, CXOs,  and policy advocates from think tanks etc. This annual gathering aims at building long-term relationships, foster partnerships, creativity and community. The idea behind this mega gathering is to share insights, discuss future and potential business growth for all industries with events as the centre point. The event is attended by more than 2000 professionals from event industry.

When: 15th – 18th June 2019

Where: Toronto, Canada

Website: MPI WEC

2. Cvent Connect, Las Vegas

Cvent is the world’s premier magazine focused on event industry. It hosts an event “Connect” with a series of 150+ hours of classroom-style-conference. This event is mecca for every industry professional. You can choose to attend which ever session you wish, depending on your needs. The expert panel of writers and researchers gather from Cvent to teach industry best practices. These meetings happen face-to-face which gives its audience an excellent opportunity to ask questions and clear their doubts right away. In addition to that, there are live tech tours that familiarise you with technology. Cvent supplier network micro sites help you make more connections in 3-4 days as compared to what you do annually.

When: 8th – 11th July 2019

Where: Las Vegas, USA

Website: Cvent connect

3. IMEX America

IMEX America is still considered the world’s best event professionals oriented conference. There are 3000+ exhibitors who participate each year in IMEX. IMEX professional provide tailored learnings to everyone basis their industry- be it weddings, tech events, sports events etc. This expo shapes the focus of the meetings and events industry for the rest of the year. The event offers free workshops and learning sessions. Book your tickets now and make the best of it. In addition to being an awesome event, IMEX also offers some fun. The 5k fun run happens on the 2nd day to keep you charged till the 3rd day.

When: 10th -12th September 2019

Where: Las Vegas, USA

Website: IMEXAmerica

4. The Event Planner EXPO 2019

New York is famous for its events. From New York Fashion Week to Met Gala, from US open to The Event Planner EXPO- everything happens in NY at a grand scale. This is an annual premier trade show that brings event industry’s who’s who on one platform. The Event Planner Expo features more than 150 exhibitors that represent vendors from various trades. This event is a perfect place to foster new relationships. You can also find vendors that can help you scale without pulling down your operational efficiency. The event additionally offers a VIP networking lounge. An opening party and afterparty complete the event. This year, the Event Planner Expo’s Speaker Series will be headlined by Gary Vaynerchuk, CEO of Vayner Media.

When: 1st – 3rd October 2019

Where: New York, USA

Website: The Event Planner Expo

5. ITB Asia

ITB Asia is a B2B trade show that happens in Singapore. The event is ready to host its 12th edition this year. It is considered to be the premier event for Asia Pacific Travel industry. ITB Asia works on the similar lines of its parent- ITB Berlin. The event is going to take place at Marina Bay Sands. The event is supported by Singapore Exhibition and Convention Bureau. You can check the agenda and details of the event here.This is where international exhibitors of all sectors within the travel-value chain commerce gather and do business.

When: 16th – 18th October 2019

Where: Singapore

Website: ITB Asia

6. Event Organizers Summit

This is one of the most prominent event management summit that happens for event professionals. Senior event professionals gather annually to discuss the industry trends. The focus lies on adaptation to technology, understanding market needs and laying the roadmaps for the next year. The summit consists of one-to-one business meetings, interactive seminars and valuable networking opportunities. The event happens in London. The event is a melting pot of suppliers and delegates to do business together.

When: 21st – 22nd October 2019

Where: London

Website: Event Organizers Summit

7. IBTM World

IBTM World has been working for the past 31 years to bring communities together and provide opportunities to network and do business. The event aims at providing connections, inspiration, and content  for customers. The only goal of the event is to inspire the events world to deliver exceptional experiences for their customers. The organizers claim that by attending IBTM World, you can make a year’s worth of connection in just 3 days.

When: 19th – 21st November 2019

Where: Barcelona, Spain

Website: IBTM World


With marketing professionals experiencing new horizons and exploring different ideas, the event industry is changing at a fast pace. It becomes extremely important for event professionals to keep themselves equipped with the latest technology, under latest marketing techniques, and implement how they can be translated in an event. We suggest that you should aim at attending at least one of the above mentioned event to keep your business at the top.