Top Hospitality Conferences of 2015

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hospitality-womanIf you haven’t planned which hospitality industry conferences you’ll be attending in 2015, you’ll want to check out these must-sees for the year. We’ve compiled the 13 best conferences of the year, perfect for learning more about the industry, networking with other hospitality business owners and operators, and finding great new suppliers. Registering early for many of these can get you a sizable discount, so plan ahead!

Cruise Shipping Miami (@CruiseShipping)

March 16-19, 2015, Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami, FL

Exhibit Floor Only-Passes start at $85, Conference Delegate Passes start at $995, and VIP All-Access Passes start at $1495

Cruise Shipping Miami is the leading exhibition for the cruise industry, with education sessions on industry issues and trends, and progressive pavillions, including a Sustainable Cruising Showcase that focuses on environmental challenges. They also offer travel agent training workshops, and a Cruise Trends Theater that talks about the latest and greatest things in the industry.

Social Media & Mobile Strategies for Travel 2015 (@EyeforTravel)

March 23-24, 2015, San Francisco, CA

Silver Passes start at $1895 and give access to all sessions and networking events, with Gold, Gold Plus, and Diamond Passes offering additional benefits

The 8th annual Social Media & Mobile Strategies for Travel conference will include speakers from both the hospitality and social media industries, including Facebook, Kimpton Hotels, MGM Resorts, Vail Resorts, Virgin Hotels, Google, and more. They’ll be covering the rise of mobile internet eaccess, creating seamless travel experiences online, social media ROI, social media for customer service, and many other related topics.

Nightclub & Bar Convention & Trade Show (@NightclubBar)

March 30 – April 1, 2015, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV

Expo Passes are $99, Conference Passes are $399 (with full conference access), Conference Plus Passes are $449 (includes a party upgrade for 3 Platinum Parties), and VIP Passes are $599 (includes numerous VIP upgrades)

The Nightclub & Bar Convention & Trade Show offers the opportunity to network with more than 37,000 attendees, and is the only major industry event for bar & nightlife professionals. The trade show includes the latest technology for attendees to test, the chance to sample new spirits, and the chance to learn from industry leaders and colleagues alike. It’s perfect for owners, operators, managers, directors, buyers, suppliers, distributors, DJs, chefs, and anyone else who works at bars, taverns, nightclubs, pubs, lounges, restaurants, and more.

SPATEC North America Spring

April 26-29, 2015, Turnberry Isle Miami, Miami, FL

Pricing information is unavailable

SPATEC Spring is a focused, productive networking event for spa businesses and suppliers. It includes both formal and relaxed opportunities for building relationships, including one-on-one meetings, a supplier showcase, and a networking program. Educational opportunities abound also.

Hospitality Design Exposition and Conference (HD Expo) (@hdexposhow)

May 13-15, 2015, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV

Expo Floor Only passes start at just $45, Full Conference passes start at $155, and the “Experience HD Pass” starts at $325.

The HD Expo is presented by Hospitality Design magazine, and was started in 1992. It focuses on sharing new and innovative products and services, as well as encouraging and sharing ideas. Some of the training offered at HD Expo can even be counted as educational credits. And of course it includes some great networking events alongside all the learning opportunities.

National Restaurant Association Show 2015 (@NRAShow)

May 16-19, 2015, McCormick Place, Chicago, IL

The NRA Show pass starts at $55, the NRA Show Pass and International Wine, Spirits, & Beer Event pass starts at $110.

The NRA Show includes over 44,000 attendees and includes celebrity chefs, networking events, and more. There are specialty areas and pavillions that address opportunities and topics for foodservice businesses. Celebrity chefs for 2015 include Rick Bayless, Robert Irvine, and Fabio Viviani, while off-site and after-hours events include concerts, block parties, and more.

Luxury Travel Advisor’s ULTRA Luxury Summit 2015 (@LuxuryTAmag)

May 17-19, 2015, Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, FL

Pricing information is unavailable

The ULTRA Luxury Summit is an invite-only event (you can apply for an invitation) held each year for thought leaders in the luxury travel industry and beyond. 2015’s Summit will include carefully selected travel agency owners, ultra-luxury travel suppliers, and luxury brands outside of the travel industry for a cross-disciplinary approach.

NYU National Hospitality Industry Investment Conference

May 31 – June 2, 2015, New York Marriott Marquis, New York, NY

Pricing information is unavailable

The National Hospitality Industry Investment Conference is hosted by New York University’s School of Professional Studies. The Conference is chaired by Jonathan M. Tisch (of the Loews Corporation). Past patrons have included leading hospitality brands like Marriott, Hyatt, Wyndham Hotels Group, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, and many others. The Conference is aimed not just at owners, operators, and managers of hospitality businesses, but also at attorneys, brokers, lenders, investors, developers, analysts, designers and architects, and others involved in the industry.

LE Miami (@LEmiami_show)

June 8-11, 2015, South Beach, Miami, FL

Pricing information is unavailable

LE Miami is the first trade show focusing on the shift in luxury travel to a younger, hipper creative class. This creative class represents 30% of the Western workforce, with 7% growth per year. Le Miami brings together the creative and travel industries, connecting those who represent the creative class clientele with the edgiest international travel brands.

HITEC (@hftp)

June 15-18, 2015, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX

Pricing information is not yet available

HITEC, presented by HFTP, offers networking and education opportunities on the latest technologies in the hospitality industry. It includes the largest hospitality technology exposition in the world, showcasing products and services from more than 300 companies.

The Western Food Service & Hospitality Expo

August 23-25, 2015, Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA

Pricing information is unavailable

The Western Food Service & Hospitality Expo is sponsored by the California Restaurant Association (members get a free pass for every $100 of membership investment), and includes more than 650 leading industry supplier exhibitors. Events at the expo include a Calfornia Craft Brewers Association Pavillion, the ROAM Food Truck Academy, a Culinary Demonstration Theater, and more. There are educational opportunities for everything from minimizing turnover to menu planning to trends in the industry.

The Western Food Service & Hospitality Expo

August 23-25, 2015, Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA

Pricing information is unavailable

The Western Food Service & Hospitality Expo is sponsored by the California Restaurant Association (members get a free pass for every $100 of membership investment), and includes more than 650 leading industry supplier exhibitors. Events at the expo include a Calfornia Craft Brewers Association Pavillion, the ROAM Food Truck Academy, a Culinary Demonstration Theater, and more. There are educational opportunities for everything from minimizing turnover to menu planning to trends in the industry.

SPATEC North America Fall

September 27-30, 2015, Omni La Costa, Carlsbad, CA

Pricing information is unavailable

SPATEC Fall brings together spa businesses and suppliers in a platform that fosters relationships. There are networking opportunities, one-to-one meetings, a supplier showcase, and educational opportunities and inspiring speakers. Buyers attending the event get VIP treatment, with hotel accomodations, meals, networking events, and virtually everything else included.

HFTP Annual Convention & Tradeshow (@hftp)

October 21-24, 2015, Bellevue, WA

Pricing information is unavailable

The Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals Annual Convention & Tradeshow offers unparalleled educational and networking opportunities. It allows HFTP members to gain current knowledge on topics in the hospitality finance and technology industries.

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