Travel events present endless opportunities for partnership and inspiration, both for companies as well as attendees working in the travel and tourism industry. Expos, conferences, fairs and other tourism events are excellent ways to grow networks and source service providers at the global level, as well as to keep abreast of changing trends in the fast-paced tourism industry. With thousands of events held every year, it is not plausible to attend every single one across the globe, and it can be difficult to decide which are the best travel shows to attend according to company or travel needs.
The traveling events listed below are considered the largest and most renowned international tourism gatherings in the world, providing education and insight from industry leaders for every travel and tourism topic imaginable. Discover all that the tourism and travel sectors have to offer with the exhibitions on this list!
East Mediterranean International Tourism and Travel Exhibition – Istanbul, Turkey January 31-February 3, 2019; January 30-February 2, 2020
Known as "The Biggest Tourism Meeting Point of Eurasia and East Mediterranean", EMITT is held every year at the end of January. In 2019, EMITT saw 1,201 exhibitors, 811 hosted buyers and 57,470 visitors from 105 countries.
This exhibition is known as one of the four top travel shows worldwide, annually hosting multitudes of professionals and tourist visitors in search of new and exciting travel products and opportunities all over the world. Tourism industry professionals come to this conference to find new business partners and expand cooperation among existing partners, enquire about new tourist destinations, products, and services, and compare offers from other large companies. Regular attendees may meet the leading travel industry professionals, acquire exclusive travel offers, and attend program events and seminars.
Guangzhou International Travel Fair – Guangzhou, China February 21-23, 2019; February 20-22, 2020
With a 27 year-long history, GITF is the longest-running international tourism exhibition in China and one of the oldest in the world. This B2B and B2C focused travel fair continuously presents the most prevalent travel information, professional advice, and quality tourism services, providing a perfect business communication platform for global exhibitors and travelers.
Moscow International Travel and Tourism Exhibition – Moscow, Russia March
Held every March, MITT is the largest B2B travel event in Russia and considered one of the top five travel exhibitions in the world. Featuring seven halls and pavilions holding exhibitions from 1,500 companies, this travel fair attracts nearly 23,000 professional visitors representing the tourism industry from 80 regions of Russia and 91 other countries of the world.
As the stand-out show of the year offering hundreds of destinations and travel services, MITT is the best place to discover new travel opportunities and source the latest product offers and services. Representatives of tour operators, travel agents, and other companies involved in the travel industry such as airlines, transport companies, hotels, and IT companies all attend to find new clients and markets for their business, and visitors come to take advantage of their special offers.
Vancouver International Travel Expo – Vancouver, Canada September 28-29, 2019
With 2019 marking the fourth year for the Vancouver International Travel Expo, this travel conference continues to grow both in size and scope. The Vancouver travel expo 2019 allows attendees to connect with over 250 exhibitors from around the world and learn about new travel opportunities available on each continent, from cruises, adventure travel, honeymoons and more. Visitors may also participate in free seminars given by field experts on a variety of travel topics held in three presentation theatres.
TTG Expo – October 9-11, 2019 Rimini, Italy
TTG is much more than a travel trade show, it is a unique, innovative platform where travelers can discover the latest trends in the industry, consult with professionals and experts from all over the world, and grow their networks. Over 2,000 exhibitions plus 300 events, seminars, presentations and training courses take place across three days of business-to-business negotiations and promotional activities. The TTG Travel Experience provides a structured networking tool through which attendees can find opportunities, explore industry trends and take part in profitable commercial destination matching programs all over the world.
Tourism Expo Japan – Osaka, Japan October 24-27, 2019
Launched as a comprehensive travel and tourism trade event in 2014, Tourism EXPO Japan comes as the world’s greatest celebration of people’s freedom to cross borders and love of travel. Tourism EXPO Japan travel show 2019 comes with a multitude of destinations, experiences and stage performances, which present the attractions of more than 100 countries and regions. For anyone who loves traveling, this event offers the top travel information as well as a taste of new places against the background of Osaka’s uplifting atmosphere and friendliness.
ITB Asia – Singapore October 16-18, 2019
Designed to become the primary event for the Asia Pacific travel industry, ITB Asia is an annual three day B2B trade show and convention now in its twelfth year running. ITB is the meeting place for the travel trade industry and a forum for establishing high-quality customer service contacts. This travel show is organized by Messe Berlin Pte Ltd with support by the Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau, drawing in international exhibitors of all sectors within the travel-chain commerce together with Asia Pacific’s leading travel companies and emerging small and medium-sized enterprises to meet and do business with the top international buyers.
World Travel Market Expo – London, England November 4-6, 2019
World Travel Market Expo London introduces global travel buyers to over 5,000 of the biggest destinations and brands in the world. WTM London prides itself on being the hub of travel ideas. This travel show aims to give attendees in the global travel trade insight of how the industry will look in the next five years in addition to sharing innovations and creating endless business opportunities over the course of three days.
The WTM London travel conference 2019 will connect the world’s travel providers with remarkable insight and opportunity, and foster the sharing of new ideas from top motivational speakers, entrepreneurs, and leading figures from a variety of sectors such as wellbeing, sports travel, music travel, and technology.
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