5 Meetings Industry Events You Shouldn’t Miss This Year

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IMEX takes place every May in Frankfurt and every October in Las Vegas.

With so many meetings industry events to choose from, here are 5 key ones you should consider.

If you plan incentives

Incentive Research Foundation 24th Annual Education Invitational. June 14-18, 2017. Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort. This annual event features a live and silent auction to raise the funds that are used all year to create some of the incentive industry’s most valuable research. A full day of educational sessions presented by The IRF, optional sightseeing activities, a golf tournament and a cabana day.

If you’re a financial or insurance industry planner

2017 FICP Annual Conference. November 12-15, 2017. Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego, Calif. In addition to its Education Forum, FICP’s major meeting is this four-day event, a mix of networking and educational offerings covering the topics in this industry niche, from government regulations to contract issues. The Network – Live lets conference attendees meet and connect with hospitality partners without the hassle of a huge trade show.

If you’re an association planner

ASAE’s Annual Meeting & Exposition. August 12-15, 2017. Metro Toronto Convention Centre. This event attracts thousands of association planners for its education and expo. A speaker series known as “Game Changers” features 5 thought leaders from diverse perspectives—this year including a deaf activist and the teacher of New York University’s most popular course, The Science of Happiness—sharing their inspiring ideas and stories.

If you’re a senior planner

Prevue’s Visionary Summits. May 11-12, 2017, Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria. May 22-23, 2017, MEET on Bowery, New York City. August 10-12. PGA Resort & Spa, Palm Beach. Prevue’s Summits deliver “elevated education for experienced planners,” with topics  ranging from meeting security to wellness. Each conference has its own theme and provides just 30 attendees with the chance to benchmark with equally experienced peers.

For everyone

IMEX America. October 10-12, 2017. Sands Expo, Las Vegas. The meetings industry’s major convention, IMEX 2016 attracted 3,250 exhibiting companies and 3,216 hosted buyers from 60 countries, and every year has broken new records. its sister exhibition takes place in Frankfurt each May.


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Barbara Scofidio is editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In 25 years of covering the industry, her articles have spanned topics ranging from social media to strategic meetings management. She is currently the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee and was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of Site, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. A familiar face at industry events, Barbara often leads panel discussions or speaks on topics close to her heart, such as green meetings or how the industry can help combat human trafficking. She is also on the board of ECPAT USA, the human trafficking organization. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.