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6 Travel Conferences You Must Attend in 2023 – 2024

6 Travel Conferences You Must Attend in 2023 – 2024

After two years of darkened hotel ballrooms and piles of chairs locked up in conference room corners, the lights are finally switching on. The cobwebs have been swept away, experts contacted, and now the digital ads are in full swing. Travel trade shows are back and with them, enormous opportunity.

Travel agent events like conferences connect travel professionals from around the world to share knowledge, meet vendors and create new partnerships. And let’s be honest, it’s about time we abandon our desks and computer screens and see the world.

That said, below are 6 travel agents trade shows and conferences coming up in 2023-2024 to inspire you with exciting new ideas and help you expand your business vision.

1. Adventure Travel World Summit; Hokkaido, Japan

Do you sell adventure? Or are you looking to pivot into that niche?

The Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) sponsors a summit every year for tour operators, travel writers, industry partners and tourism boards who are involved in the adventure travel industry. But it’s much more than a conference. Summit participants join offsite trips in addition to hearing from keynote speakers, maximizing endless networking opportunities, sharing industry information and pitching new story ideas during Media Connect sessions.

The ATTA has already reserved Hokkaido, Japan for September 2023. The event will include adventures into the surrounding wilderness, business meetings and networking opportunities, and time for travel leaders to connect.

2. FITUR 2024; Madrid, Spain

FITUR is an International Tourism Trade Fair organized by IFEMA MADRID. In January 2022, Fitur hosted 600 exhibitors from 107 countries and welcomed over 100,000 visitors. Fitur serves as a meeting place for tourism professionals from around the world. It’s also the leading trade fair for inbound and outbound markets in Latin America.

Fitur targets both mass tourism and niche markets, showcasing new sectors each year as the tourism industry becomes more diverse. It also presents cutting edge technology including artificial intelligence, smart tourist destinations and big data.

Fitur will hold its 44th tourism trade show from January 24th – 28th, 2024. Targeting hotel chains, agencies, tour operators, technological companies, suppliers, transportation and institutions from around the world, Fitur 2024 will focus on how to strengthen post pandemic tourism and how to generate new business opportunities.

3. ITB 2024; Berlin, Germany

ITB takes place at the Berlin ExpoCenter City exhibition center. With more than 10,000 exhibitors, ITB is the largest convention in the travel industry. The convention presents informational stands on countries, destinations, hotels and tourism associations as well as on specialist suppliers, booking systems and transport operators. ITB is a platform for B2B travel industry leaders to meet and network.

ITB’s event will take place in Berlin from March 5th – 7th, 2024. The guest country of ITB 2023 will be Georgia.

4. IPW; San Antonio, Texas

How about a trip to the USA?

US travel exhibitors convene once a year in San Antonio, Texas for the U.S. Travel Association’s IPW international inbound travel trade show. At IPW, US travel exhibitors connect with travel buyers and media from more than 70 countries to share their products and build new business relationships. IPW showcases the American travel industry to its international visitors to promote and increase tourism in the USA.

The U.S. Travel Association’s IPW is the leading international inbound travel trade show. The next convention will take place from May 20th-24th, 2023.

5. ETOA’s Global European Marketplace (GEM); London, UK

For ETOA members only, GEM is ETOA’s annual travel trade event. Not just another tour operators’ event, here tourism suppliers meet new leads and reconnect with existing business contacts. With preset appointments based on business profile and goals, buyers and suppliers meet one-on-one throughout the event.

Participants also attend educational and networking sessions. Close to 400 global and intra-European buyers are invited to GEM’s upcoming event, which will take place from November 2nd – 3rd, 2023 in London, UK.

6. Travel Expo-Travel and Adventure Show

Looking for an excuse to visit a metropolitan center in the USA?

The Travel and Adventure Show is a traveling expo, which will meet in 9 different cities across the USA in 2023 including Chicago, Boston, NY, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Denver, San Francisco, Atlanta and Dallas.

For tour operators, travel agents and tourists alike, the Travel and Adventure Show gives travel companies the opportunity to maximize their marketing and sales by presenting to prescreened audiences. Buyers can obtain the most up-to-date travel and itinerary options, safety protocols directly from the source.

In addition, visitors can attend one or more of the dozens of educational and informational travel workshops that take place throughout the day.

Travel trade shows: are they worth attending?

The last two years wreaked havoc on the travel industry. According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), global tourism experienced its worst year on record in 2020. Destinations worldwide suffered a decrease by one billion in international arrivals as compared to the previous year due to the massive drop in demand and the serious travel restrictions.

But with travel restrictions lifting, the travel industry is returning in full force. According to a recent Pulse survey , 73% of business travelers agree that a general increase in business travel is extremely likely and 62% anticipate an increase in their own business travel compared to 2021.

With demand on the rise, it behooves any travel professional to continue networking, building strategic relationships and marketing their products in person at travel trade shows. If the expense was worth it to you in the past, then now, in the current travel industry, the ROI should prove to be even greater.

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14 Best Travel Conferences to Attend in 2024

So, you’re now a travel influencer. Here’s a list of travel conferences to attend yearly, and why you should attend them. You may have a blog, or a big social media following, or you could be a vlogger. You now want to step up your game. Maybe learn more from people who have been in the business longer than you are. You may want to meet DMOs (Destination Marketing Organizations), or CVBs (Convention and Visitors Bureau) to partner with them.

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It depends. What do you want to get out of the conference? Do you just want to learn and sit in the sessions? Want to get discounted tours and activities by signing up for a conference? Do you want to meet destinations or companies to form partnerships with?

You need to figure out why you want to attend travel conferences so you can justify the cost of the entry tickets and the travel costs like hotels and airfare.

In no order and in my opinion, here’s a list of travel conferences that are worth attending.

  • Travel Blogger Exchange (TBEX)
  • Women in Travel Summit (WITS)
  • Southern Travelers Explore (STE)
  • Chicago Seminars (only if you are a travel hacker and know points and miles well)

Some conferences allow you to trade your time for a free ticket. It could be from volunteering for the conference or becoming a speaker. Volunteering for a conference means putting work in for a set number of hours. The type of work varies from helping man the registration booth, setting up, or doing random things for the conference.

Speaking at a conference can have its perks. You get free entry tickets to the travel conference. However, depending on how big that conference is, you could also get free hotel rooms and your flights compensated too. TBEX is one of those conferences that comp your flights and your hotel room if your topic is chosen.

It is highly competitive to be selected as a volunteer or a speaker, but it doesn’t hurt to try. Just fill out the form to speak or to volunteer and wait for the organizers to get back to you.

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If you want a more intimate conference and you write content about the Southern states of the US, then Southern Travelers Explore is great. There are less than 60 tickets available, and the conference is usually held over a weekend. The schedule is perfect for those who are working full-time jobs and can’t take a lot of days off work.  Fly in on the first flight that you can get on Friday (or one of the later flights on a Thursday) and fly out on Sunday. Easy as that!

Southern Travelers Explore is a great way to meet brands and influencers who focus on Southern content. CVBs from the South are in attendance too, and you can get a chance to meet and network with them. If your goal is to work with CVBs or DMOs from the South, then this conference is for you. If you want to grow more as a content creator, then there are talks that are included in your admission. These talks vary from social media to video, and written content. There are goodie bags that you’ll get to take home after the event. There are also prizes that you can win!

Conference tickets cost around $200+ taxes and fees per person, which isn’t bad, and the location rotates yearly. 2023’s Conference was hosted by Irving, TX, and 2024’s will be at the Hilton in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

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Much like Southern Travelers Explore, the Midwest Travel Network’s conference focuses on bloggers who want to write or focus on Midwest travel content. I have personally not been to this event, since I had conflicting schedules this 2023, but it usually happens in June, over 3 days (usually from a Thursday to a Saturday). The event changes its hosts yearly, but you can expect it to be hosted in a Midwest City. Like Southern Travelers Explore, you can also get a chance to meet CVBs and DMOs, as well as other content creators throughout the event. There are also talks that pertain to content creation and scaling up your business.

Conference tickets cost around $200+ with taxes and fees per person. 2023’s Conference is in Kansas City, MO and 2024’s will be in Shipshewana, Indiana.

Probably the biggest travel blogging conference out there, TBEx hosts multiple conferences, one in North America, one in Europe, and another one in Asia (or Africa for 2023). The first TBEX I attended was in Lafayette, Louisiana (North America) in 2022, and it has changed the way I treat my blog as a business. The number of networking opportunities you get as well as a chance to see more of the host destinations are more than worth the price you pay for the ticket. 

When you buy a ticket to TBEx, you can sign up for some pre-tours (limited to 1 or 2, depending on the host cities), and a chance to attend a FAM (Familiarization trip) after the conference. The conference ticket also covers lunch, snacks, and after-parties that have dinner. You can also get to meet with brands and destinations one by one to connect with them. You can then turn these connections into deals and partnerships that will benefit both parties. Want to sign up for an affiliate program? These conferences may have sponsors that have companies that suit your needs. Want to partner with destinations to cover? Oh yes, they do have that.

Entry banner with TBEX written on it and balloon crawfish designs

TBEx is worth the entry fee, and if given a chance, I would go to all the different events in the cities they have, if the dates align with our travel. Having the chance to meet brands and attend pre- and post-BEX tours is worth your time. Think of it as having a workcation: where you get to explore a new city while also generating content for the host as well as networking with other people. In October 2023, TBEX will go to Africa for the first time and will be hosted in Durban, South Africa. TBEX North America is in Eau Claire, Wisconsin in 2023, while TBEX Europe for 2023 was in Peloponnese, Greece. TBEX Europe will be in May 2024 in San Sebastian, Spain, which we already visited. Next year’s dates are usually announced a year in advance, so you can plan your trips accordingly.

A downside to TBEX is sometimes, the destinations that host the event could be hard to get to. One year, they hosted TBEX North America in Tri-Cities in Washington State. For a small destination with not a lot of links to a major airport, I decided to skip that event altogether. Not to mention having to fly all the way from the East Coast (in Jacksonville, FL where I am based), to the West Coast meant that the flights are exorbitant, and I needed to pay for a rental car too. Take note of the destinations and how hard (or easy) it would be to fly in and out of in case you are thinking about attending. I will skip Africa this time because the airfare is a few thousand dollars, and I would need at least two weeks off from work to just attend.

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Women in Travel Summit was in Puerto Rico in 2023 and is my first ever WITS conference. While the conference programming is good, I feel it is catered more to influencers on Instagram and TikTok than it is to blogging. I did like the session about doing the travel business with a full-time job as well as the SEO session.

WITS also offers pre-tours where you can sign up for free, as well as the chance to get FAM trips. There’s also the Media Marketplace, where you can talk to brands and other sponsors for potential business opportunities and partnerships. You’ll get a lot of value by signing up for WITS on the pre-tours, FAMs, and the ability to connect to other brands during the media marketplace. The sessions are a bonus for me and are always a plus if the host is in a destination that I have never visited before. Traveling somewhere and connecting with brands as well as fellow content creators is always a plus when doing these types of events!

2024 WITS will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, with a day out in Park City included!

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I’ve only learned about Travel Blogging Success (TBS) because some of the bigger bloggers started promoting it a lot through emails and social media. Unlike WITS and TBEX, which have pre and post-tour FAMs, TBS focuses strictly on content, and the sessions are all catered to that. The conference lasts 2 days with no pre or post-tours available for the ticket. The price of TBS is twice as much as WITS and TBEX, even on an early bird rate.

For the price you pay, you can get to learn from a big influencer. 2023’s main keynote is from A Blonde Abroad, and you can learn how to grow your creator-centric business from them too. I don’t have much experience of this conference to say if it’s worth going to or not.

2023’s Travel Blogging Success is available virtually and in person from Nashville, TN.

LED board with Welcome written on it and WITS Puerto Rico

IPW is the US Travel Association’s conference, where media and trade partners meet in different cities held yearly. I personally have not been to an IPW but am excited to try and join if I get accepted as a media partner for 2024’s event.

2024’s event will be held in Los Angeles, California. Registration is already open for exhibitors but will have to reach out to a contact person to get Media credentials. You’ll then need to get approved before you can get access to IPW! Not sure if you’ll have to requalify yearly for the media pass though. 

ITB Berlin is the biggest travel and trade show in the world. The location does not change every year and is usually in March in Berlin, Germany. I have personally not been to this event, but just adding it to the list to be on the radar. To get into ITB Berlin, one must provide a screenshot of at least 5,000 readers to the website from Google Analytics.

If you have a mostly European audience or want to focus on European travel, then ITB can be a solid choice for you when it comes to a travel and trade conference. I for one would love to write more about European content, given that we fly yearly to the continent to visit family.

WTM is a bit like ITB, where it is a travel and trade show focusing on the European market, mostly. I also have not been to this event but adding it in for future reference for me! WTM is always in London during November, with just the dates changing yearly. It is a bit predictable where one can just go to the same city and convention center, but not enough for me to justify going back to Europe a second time during the year just to visit (yet).

In a few travel blogging groups that I’m in, some people find WTM London and ITB to be excellent sources to meet brands they would like to partner with. These could be in the form of hosting and providing content, as well as affiliates for certain services. 

If you’re not big on the content creation part of travel and just want to see what the world has to offer, why not visit a consumer show? Some of these consumer shows do talk to media, but out of our personal experience, nothing has really materialized in terms of partnerships for us. However, you can get a lot of inspiration from these consumer shows on where to travel next.

Some consumer shows sell tours and have promotions on the spot which are specials for the trade show.

The Travel and Adventure Show is a very consumer-friendly trade show. There are multiple booths that cater to destinations, cruises, and tour operators, and each has its own freebies or brochures that you are free to take. Some of these sponsors have promotions happening on the spot.

At one Travel and Adventure show in New York, they had amazing deals for Antarctic expeditions. I was nearly tempted to book a trip but realized I didn’t have the budget for it yet! The travel and trade show up the ante for you because you can get a LOT of information on different destinations at the exact same spot.

They even have book signings and other meet and greets and Travel and Adventure shows. Previous guests have been Pauline Frommer, Samantha Brown, and a few other travel influencers slash celebrities that you may have heard about.

The Travel & Adventure Shows do provide media passes for writers, but I didn’t particularly connect with any CVBs at the time, since they were mostly in the consumer mindset and getting people to visit their destination instead of building a partnership.

There are multiple cities for 2024’s Travel and Adventure Conference, including New York, Chicago, and Atlanta.

I don’t have a particular experience with World Travel Expo . The event for 2023 is in Miami, at a conference center close to the airport. I feel that it is more of a consumer-focused show with media invites to the event. I’ve included it in the list to add to my radar for next year’s event in case the dates align. For now, it appears that 2024’s event will still be in the Miami area.

Travel hacking means using points and miles to travel cheaper than paying cash. This means paying just taxes and fees while flying or staying in hotel rooms for free. Travel hacking takes a bit of time to learn. Once you know more, you can now reap the benefits of traveling without paying too much for it.

There are travel hacking conferences that focus on the art of learning more about the hobby. These conferences are rarely recorded, since some of the sweet spots and what is being discussed during the conference are not meant to be taught mainstream. We have been to the Chicago Seminars back in 2017 and it has been a game-changer in our life.

The Chicago Seminars are so-called because it is always in Chicago (close to ORD airport). The seminars are usually on Friday evenings and end on Sunday. The schedule is perfect for weekend travelers. During my first-ever Chicago Conference, my husband and brother-in-law tagged along, and they used the time to explore downtown Chicago while I was in the seminars. It is a perfect trip for those who have partners who have no intention of going to the seminars, and just want to explore a big city!

If you do attend, make sure you know at least an intermediate level of travel hacking. The topics are not really catered to beginners. There are plenty of online courses available online that you can pay for if you want to fast-track your learning, but there is also plenty of free content available. A few of the bloggers to follow if you are just learning would be Lucky at One Mile at a Time, and The Points Guy. The Points Guy (TPG) is catered to beginners and intermediate travel hackers, so you can binge-read a lot of his articles. There’s also a free course by 10x that you can join!

You can also network with fellow travel hackers during the event, but you usually just attend these seminars to learn more from the presenters. There are usually a few tracks to choose from when you are in the event to cater to what type of information you are looking for.

Like the Chicago Seminars, FTU focuses on travel hacking information but has a bit more of a beginner-entry vibe to it. FTU changes its location for its conference (called FTU Signature) yearly, but you can pay to see some of its information online.

I have not been to any FTU conferences yet but planned to go to one eventually. It will be a good way to compare what would be available in FTU vs what’s in the Chicago Seminars and if the same people are attending both. You go to these seminars to learn more about sweet spots and other things you may not know about travel hacking. You don’t go to these conferences to partner with brands unless you are using them to increase your number of points or miles through buying groups.

There is a small sub-niche of travel content creators that focus strictly on cruising. We get it, we ourselves are big cruisers and have already taken our three-year-old child on cruises multiple times. It is hard not to get addicted to cruising, and if you are in the cruising niche, or want to get more into cruising content, here are a few travel cruising conferences you can attend.

Panel during Seatrade Cruise Global

Seatrade Cruise Global is a trade show and conference in one, where leaders of various cruise lines get to mingle with destinations as well as cruise lines. Where it gets tricky is how to meet with the cruise lines in the expo as they do not have a booth of their own. Instead, the cruise lines are just freely roaming about and the only way to identify them is through their credentials.

Here are a few of my thoughts on Seatrade, having been accepted into their media program and from my first year of attending. First off, the expo floor is huge but is conveniently separated into two parts. The first part is for the destinations, which is what you’ll want to focus on if you are a travel content creator. The second part is for ship suppliers, so if you need materials for a ship or a boat, then that’s the place for you.

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Within the Seatrade conference, you’ll get access to panels, press conferences (if on a press pass), private parties, and more. There’s even F&B@Sea, which is a trade show mostly for those who deal with food and beverage options. It’s a way to sample some food and drink without having to leave the convention area.

Seatrade is so huge that it gets overwhelming. It doesn’t help that I got an invite to the event late to the event. By the time I wanted to meet with destination representatives, the schedules are already full. If you have the time, do get some of the freebies on the expo floor from various destinations. They have amazing stuff up for grabs!

The conference is located yearly in Miami or Fort Lauderdale. There’s also a European leg held in Hamburg, Germany yearly, so you can do two Seatrade events a year if you are up for it.

While I haven’t personally been to Cruise 360 , it is much like Seatrade, which is a conference and trade show on cruising. One can get a media pass by applying for one, and it includes entry to the panels, the expo floor, and any press conferences. If you are trying to get credits for CLIA certification, the ship tours count as part of your continuing education. Cruise 360 is the official conference from CLIA, the world’s largest cruise line trade association.

Cruise 360 is in either Fort Lauderdale or Miami yearly. A lot of cruise lines have a presence in Miami, so the who’s who of these companies are in attendance.

As a bonus, I’ve included a few conferences that may help your travel content creation career. These are not applicable to me now since I am mostly focusing on long-form writing on a blog but adding it in just in case I want to branch out more in the future.

With so many social media platforms coming out to create content on, there are always a few new conferences coming out. Here are two that have been more focused on podcasting and videos (long or short form).

Another conference I have never been to but thought would help podcasters out there to grow more. The cities change yearly, but if you want a podcasting conference that’s always in one location, there’s Podfest in Orlando.

I’ve never been to any of these podcasting conferences. From reviews I’ve heard from fellow content creators, Podcast Movement is pretty good but more catered to intermediate podcasters. Podfest in Orlando does have a track for beginner podcasters or just learning more about the media. As a plus, the tickets for beginners in Podfest are half the cost of the creator ticket (but do not have access to the actual learning tracks).

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VidCon is usually in Anaheim, California, but is going to Baltimore in 2023. A lot of your popular vloggers and video content creators go to this conference, and you can get a chance to meet them. I feel this conference is the best way to up your video content creation game if you’re on the industry track and a way to learn more from those who have millions of subscribers.

Video is a great way to get sponsorships, ad revenue, and a way to create a base for your followers to follow you in your other endeavors. VidCon does not come cheap for the industry track, but you can get a community track for $50 a day. You can then get a chance to go to the expo floor to meet exhibitors and meet your favorite creator who’s attending.

VidCon has other events happening all over the world, so just depends on where you are located. The one I mentioned above is the United States track. Will I ever attend VidCon? Maybe, it just depends if I can have enough bandwidth to focus on video creation as part of our travel business. 

With a really long list of travel conferences to attend for the year, how many are you planning to go to? Did I miss any conferences that you should absolutely attend? Please feel free to let me know and leave them in the comments below!

If you are just starting out, pick and choose which ones to go to (or use my list of conferences to try above). The entrance fees to attend may be a barrier to entry. Time is also a factor when visiting an event, especially if you’re still building your travel business on top of your full-time job. In my case, we try to pick and choose the conferences that we feel would return the most investment and in a destination we haven’t been able to visit. We then treat these conferences as a workcation where we can see and visit a new destination while trying to grow a business!

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Here is our list of the best conference themes .

Conference themes are the central ideas of your conference. Themes set the agenda and direct the tone and marketing of your conference. Examples include Shaping the Future: Trends and Insights for Tomorrow and Advancing Technology: From Theory to Reality. The purpose of these conference themes is to aid in selecting speakers and tools for a conference.

Conference themes are a subset of creative company meeting ideas . Once you decide on your theme, it is also important to plan aspects such as high energy songs for conferences , conference food ideas , conference entertainment ideas , and conference swag .

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Themes set the tone for all conferences. Below is a list of some of the best conference theme ideas for meetings and large events.

1. The Future of Work: Adapting to a Changing Landscape

The way we work is changing. We must evolve with the trend to survive in any industry. This conference theme explores the techniques for adapting to this new landscape. Participants will learn about the latest technologies, business models, and strategies for success.

Professionals who will find a conference like this useful include:

  • remote workers
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This conference will expose participants to the demands of modern work. More importantly, the event will help attendees to better adapt to the new realities.

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Health and wellness are crucial to workplace culture and productivity. Employees now face more stress and burnout due to the following:

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This conference theme seeks to promote employee health and well-being in the workplace. Hence, event speakers could include workplace wellness, healthcare, and mental health experts.

The conference will touch on aspects such as:

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HR and staff support teams will find this theme particularly appealing. Even so, the event is great for all classes of workers. The conference will help organizations build a happier, healthier, and more productive workforce.

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In recent years, we have recorded great progress toward gender equality. Yet, it is still difficult for women to get leadership positions. Hence, women remain underrepresented in leadership positions in many industries.

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​This topic also covers the following:

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This conference provides the tools and support for women to advance their careers.

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4. Finance and Investment: Strategies for Building Wealth

This theme is relevant for individuals and businesses seeking financial success. The conference brings together finance, investment, and wealth management experts.

These experts will share their insights for building wealth, covering topics like:

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These topics guide participants in making informed financial decisions.

​Hence, the conference is suitable for the following categories of professionals:

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Attendees will learn how to achieve financial success in the short term. Also, participants will gain insights into the best practices for building long-term wealth.

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5. Shaping the Future: Trends and Insights for Tomorrow

Futurists, technologists, and innovators often think ahead. These visionaries want to shape the future. Many of these professionals have an image of what the future looks like. Even so, most still need to figure out what the future holds.

Topics that explore the trends and insights shaping the future are attractive.

​A Shaping the Future conference will discuss aspects such as:

  • new technologies
  • emerging industries
  • sustainable energy and climate change
  • innovative business models

This conference provides an excellent opportunity to connect with other visionaries. Besides, participants will better understand the opportunities and challenges facing businesses today.

6. Digital Transformation: Navigating the New Frontier

Digital transformation is changing the way we do business in every industry. This theme will help business leaders use this new opportunity to their advantage. The conference will explore recent trends in the digital world.

​Participants will gain insight into the following:

  • latest technologies
  • business models
  • nexus between technology and business strategies
  • how digital transformation impacts their industry

These insights will help business owners get ahead of the curve.

7. Beyond Borders: Exploring Global Perspectives

More businesses are going global, thanks to technology. These businesses need to know about different cultures and regions. A conference on international perspectives can help attendees learn about cultures elsewhere.

This theme explains how local culture affects business practices worldwide. The speakers will talk about local hurdles companies face. Attendees will hear from world business leaders, diplomats, and cultural experts. Businesses will learn to adapt to foreign cultures to access the global marketplace.

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8. Innovation and Disruption: Strategies for Success

To succeed in business, you must understand what innovation and disruption mean. Many businesspeople struggle to come to grips with these two essential concepts. Hence, the several trending conference themes organized around innovation and disruption are unsurprising.

Strategies for Success is a great subject matter for this kind of conference. This topic discusses the latest techniques for innovation. The new strategies will help businesses stay ahead of the competition.

The speakers’ list for this conference should include industry leaders in:

  • venture capital

This lineup will give value to the participants. Attendees will also get to connect with like-minded professionals.

9. The Future of Healthcare: Innovations and Solutions for the Future

The healthcare industry is fast-paced. Hence, this theme is a great choice for conference organizers. The theme focuses on the latest changes that will shape healthcare’s future.

​ Participants will learn about solutions that can affect the industry, including:

  • cutting-edge technologies

Speakers will also explain how these solutions will affect the industry. This theme suits healthcare workers, policymakers, and health sector investors.

10. The Power of Storytelling: Crafting Compelling Narratives

Storytelling is a powerful tool. This art helps companies effectively convey important messages. Storytelling also allows businesses to connect to target audiences. The art of storytelling remains a veritable sales tool. Salespersons regularly look for ways to better connect with audiences. Hence, this theme will resonate well among marketers and content creators.

The theme teaches how to craft relatable narratives for readers. This theme also covers how to drive action with storytelling.

​This conference will guide attendees on the following:

  • the elements of compelling storytelling
  • how to develop a storytelling strategy
  • how to check the impact of their stories

Journalists, writers, and marketers will be perfect conference speakers.

11. Energy and Sustainability: Tackling the Global Climate Challenge

The climate challenge is one of the most pressing issues of our time. Governments and firms want to reduce the dangers of climate change. Hence, an energy-themed conference will attract climate experts and policymakers.

This theme will discuss energy and sustainability drives.

​The speakers will talk about the following:

  • latest technologies to reduce carbon emissions
  • policies and laws to promote the use of green energy
  • ways to raise energy efficiency
  • ways to improve sustainable practices

Sustainability is an evolving sphere, and there are always new skills and innovations to learn about. As a result, many corporations and agencies will pay to learn about the latest sustainability trends.

12. Advancing Technology: From Theory to Reality

Few tech conference themes are catchier than Advancing Technology: From Theory to Reality. This theme covers the latest tech innovations and their benefits. Speakers can include tech experts and angel investors.

This conference promises to feature several relevant panels, workshops, and group discussions. Participants will share ideas and learn from seasoned experts. In addition, participants will learn about new technologies and how to use tech to create value.

Besides learning new technologies, conference panelists will expose participants to creative thinking. Tech experts will train attendees to deploy their tech skills to develop practical, user-centered products. This tech conference suits tech professionals, founders, and policymakers.

13. The Future of Transportation: Innovations and Trends

Transportation is a crucial aspect of modern society. The Future of Transportation looks at new trends in the sector. This theme covers how these trends affect the evolution of the sector. Potential attendees extend beyond professionals in the transportation sector. Professionals in infrastructure and government agencies will also like the conference.

This conference can pool facilitators from academics and policymakers. The theme will also focus on deploying cutting-edge tech to solve transport issues. Besides, attendees will understand policy, ethical, and legal issues affecting the industry.

The place of transport in all economic sectors underscores this theme’s relevance. Transporters will learn to network within and outside the industry. Attendees will have much to look forward to in this loaded conference.

14. Data Science and Analytics: Insights for Decision-Making

Data science and analytics are crucial for informed decision-making. This theme explores the uses of data analytics across industries.

This data science conference will teach participants:

  • the latest data analytics tools and techniques
  • how to use analytics to draw insights
  • how to communicate these insights

Data is an essential part of a successful business. As a result, a lineup of top data analysts and industry leaders speaking at the event will attract huge numbers.

15. Governance and Policy: Shaping the Future of Society

Governance and Policy is one of the best leadership conference themes for government officials. The theme deals with the value of good governance and policymaking.

The sessions center around designing policies to improve the quality of governance.

​This topic is for those interested in the policymaking process, including:

  • policymakers
  • government officials
  • scholars and students

Attendees will enjoy learning about the best practices and strategies for effective policymaking. Ideal speakers for the event could include government officials and policy experts.

16. The Business of Entertainment: Navigating a Changing Landscape

This theme talks about the business side of the entertainment industry.

​The scope of this theme includes:

  • new trends in the entertainment industry
  • hurdles and benefits in the arts
  • new ways to finance and make money from entertainment projects
  • impact of tech on the industry
  • how distribution affects the marketing of arts
  • effects of changing audience behavior

The theme also covers inspiration for innovation and adaptation in the entertainment industry. Entertainment chiefs, producers, creatives, and agents will find these discussions helpful.

17. Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility: Building a Better Future

Sustainability and corporate duty go hand in hand. These topics are equally important for modern businesses. This conference teaches how businesses can promote social responsibility. Entrepreneurs want to know how to create a more sustainable supply chain. Real-life case studies will come in handy here.

Additionally, participants will learn the following:

  • making products with eco-friendly materials
  • recycling and reusing materials
  • protecting animals and their habitats

Quality speakers will break these tips into simple steps for attendees. This format will help companies contribute to a healthier planet.

18. Marketing and Branding: Building Connections in a Crowded World

Branding and marketing are two sides of a coin. Businesses showcase their products to customers through marketing. Meanwhile, branding allows companies to distinguish their products or services. The companies give their products a name, logo, or other identifying features.

With many companies competing for attention, it becomes necessary to stand out. Hence, this conference is all about building connections. The theme will help business owners find ways to connect customers to their brands.

The scope of this conference theme covers the following:

  • how to stand out from the competition
  • ways to use social media to reach customers
  • how to personalize marketing messages
  • tips for creating great content
  • how to measure the success of marketing efforts

This theme is for businesses interested in learning more about marketing and branding.

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19. Education and Learning: Unlocking Opportunities for All

Education helps students learn, get better jobs, and improve their lives. Yet, quality education is not readily available to all students. Policymakers and governments want to make education accessible to all learners. This conference will draw attendees from academia, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies.

This education conference will cover the following ideas:

  • making education affordable for all
  • creating more schools in rural areas
  • teacher training and salaries
  • remedial education for dropouts
  • improving learning with tech

This theme will guide education stakeholders on how to advance learning.

20. Unlocking the Potential of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Artificial Intelligence, AI, and Machine Learning, ML, are important in robotics. Robots are smart tech devices that can learn and perform activities independently. AI and ML are gaining popularity because these technologies have led to innovations that once seemed impossible.

​A conference about unlocking the potential of AI and ML will cover aspects such as:

  • AI’s application to major issues like climate and healthcare
  • leveraging AI and ML to aid learning
  • using AI and ML to aid automation and safer operation of tech products
  • ethical deployment of AI and ML

Developers, tech investors, and policymakers will find this conference worthwhile.

21. Cybersecurity: Protecting Against Threats and Building Trust

As technology continues to grow, so does the need for cybersecurity. Cybersecurity threats come in many forms. Viruses, unknown attachments, and phishing scams are some of these threats. These security issues can put personal information, financial assets, and physical safety at risk. Hence, online safety is vital as we rely on tech to communicate and conduct business daily.

Individuals and companies must know how to curb cyber threats and gain clients’ trust. Thus, this simple theme will resonate with the audience.

Here are some of the points the theme will cover:

  • identifying online threats like spam and phishing links
  • available anti-virus services
  • regular updates of software

Companies will learn how to combat hacking with strong security measures. This conference will also expose attendees to sustainable responses to security breaches. This value-packed theme will attract  government, academic, and healthcare participants.

22. Design Thinking: Solving Problems with a Creative Approach

Design thinking is vital for experts in all fields. This problem-solving skill involves empathy, ideation, prototyping, and testing. This theme will teach creatives how to solve problems with a design-thinking mindset. In addition, this approach will help businesses build innovative and practical solutions that users need.

Speakers at this multidisciplinary event can include designers and founders. You can also invite leaders who have integrated design thinking into their organizations. Attendees will get insights that will improve their creativity.

23. Social Responsibility: Making a Difference in the World

Social responsibility is a key part of business and society. Companies have social roles and want to know how best to perform them.

​Hence, conference event themes on social responsibility are useful for:

  • professionals in business
  • nonprofit organizations
  • government agencies

This theme explores how companies can impact the world through social responsibility.

​Participants will learn about the following:

  • successful social responsibility initiatives
  • how to apply these ideas in their firms
  • how to measure the impact of their initiatives

The conference speakers can include CSR experts and sustainability leaders.

24. Cultural Diversity: Celebrating Differences and Building Bridges

This theme celebrates the diversity of cultures. The topic is suitable for organizers looking for fun conference themes.

The theme stresses the importance of cultural exchange. Globalization has increased the value of diversity. Many companies now operate globally, hiring staff from all over the world. This subject matter explores ways to build bridges between different cultures. Participants will learn to understand and respect other cultures.

This knowledge will promote mutual respect in the workplace and aid inclusivity. In addition, these qualities can boost productivity at work. Moreover, this topic will interest diversity enthusiasts.

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25. Leadership and Management: Strategies for Achieving Success

Effective leadership is vital to the success of any business, so companies often send staff to leadership conferences. Hence, many business leaders will like this subject matter.

​The conference keynote speakers and presenters will include:

  • management gurus
  • leadership development experts
  • business leaders
  • political figures

With speakers sharing their experiences, attendants will learn leadership and human management skills. These skills will help to drive results at work. Besides, leadership conferences help attendees connect with fellow experts.

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When picking a conference theme, pay attention to your audience’s interests. Be sure to consider the topics the would-be attendees are passionate about. Understanding the challenges of the attendees will give purpose to the conference. Also, you should consider a current theme that will spark discussions and debate.

It is a good idea to use memorable themes and attention-grabbing language. Also, be inclusive and consider diversity and inclusivity when choosing a theme. It is also important to select a theme that speaks to a broad audience and reflects a variety of perspectives. These tips will guide you in choosing a theme to attract your desired audience.

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FAQ: Conference themes

Here are our answers to common questions about conference themes.

What are conference themes?

Conference themes are the main ideas that help attendants understand what a conference entails. A conference theme depends on the goals and objectives of the organizers.

What are some good theme ideas for conferences?

Some of the best tech, leadership, finance, and conference party themes include:

  • Advancing Technology: From Theory to Reality
  • Beyond Borders: Exploring Global Perspectives
  • Governance and Policy: Shaping the Future of Society
  • The Business of Entertainment: Navigating a Changing Landscape
  • Women in Leadership: Breaking Barriers and Empowering Change
  • Design Thinking: Solving Problems with a Creative Approach

A conference’s purpose will determine if the theme is a good fit.

Why is it important to choose a good theme for a conference?

A good conference theme is essential because the theme does the following:

  • provides a clear focus and direction for a conference
  • attracts potential attendees to your event
  • helps pick relevant speakers and content
  • ensures the presentations and discussions are engaging
  • makes the conference informative and valuable for participants

Hence, a good conference theme can aid the quality and success of the event.

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65 Best Tourism Industry Events & Travel Conferences 2024/25

Looking for the top travel conferences 2024 has to offer? If you’re working in the tourism industry and you haven’t booked a ticket to one of the many events, what are you waiting for? Not only are these events an excuse to get out of the office and network with like-minded people, but they’re also great opportunities to learn more about travel and tourism.

Travel conferences are great for making new deals, discovering up-and-coming innovations, learning new skills, or just some good old networking. And there are some really exciting travel and tourism conferences in 2024 that exemplify the importance of travel .

We’ve put together this comprehensive list of conferences happening all over the world in the next year. Have a look at which ones you don’t want to miss and start planning your trip now.

Best Travel Industry Conferences 2024/25 by Month

January: Fitur – International Tourism Trade Fair

February: Travel & Adventure Show

March: B Travel Trade Show

April: World Travel Market

May: Tbex San Sebastian Spain

June: ITT Conference

July: Web in Travel (WIT)l Conference

August: Global Business Travel Association Conference

September: World Youth and Student Travel Conference

October: TBEX Africa

November: The Phocuswright Conference

December: International Luxury Travel Market – Worldwide

Fitur — International Tourism Trade Fair

Fitur

Dates: 24 – 28 January 2024

Location: Madrid, Spain

Fitur is held every year in Madrid. It is one of the biggest tourism fairs in the world and an ideal gateway to Latin American markets. Fitur draws an international crowd of tourism professionals and travellers alike. It provides a platform to develop strategies for consumer demand and communication.

The first three days of the conference are for trade visitors only, with doors opening to the public on Saturday and Sunday. Visitors can use this conference to network with other tourism professionals and travellers, as well as gain new insights and knowledge in the industry.

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Matka — Nordic Travel Fair

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Dates: 19 – 21 January 2024

Location: Helsinki, Finland

Being the largest travel conference in Northern Europe and the Baltic Region, Matka attracts over 1000 exhibitors annually. These exhibitors travel to Finland from more than 80 different countries, allowing for a diverse crowd. The conference is open to the public and trade buyers, with two days solely dedicated to the professionals.

The main aim behind Matka is for tourism trade professionals to learn about new products and services. As well as make valuable connections, and gather information on the ever-moving innovations of the travel industry.

Travel & Adventure Show

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Dates: 13 – 14 January 2024

Location: Chicago, USA

Dates: 20 – 21 January 2024

Location: Denver, USA

Dates: 27 – 28 January 2024

Location: New York, USA

Dates: 3 – 4 February 2024

Location: Los Angeles, USA

Dates: 17 – 18 February 2024

Location: Phoenix, USA

Dates: 24 – 25 February 2024

Location: Washington DC, USA

Dates: 9 – 10 March 2024

Location: Atlanta, USA

Dates: 16 – 17 March 2024

Location: San Francisco, USA

Dates: 23 – 24 March 2024

Location: Dallas, USA

The Travel and Adventure Shows are a series of exhibits that take place across the USA. So American visitors have the option to catch the business travel conferences closest to them.

Discover new travel destinations across the globe, and take the chance to rub shoulders with some big travel celeb names. These travel events bring tourism businesses and the public together.

AIME

Dates: 19 – 21 February 2024

Location: Melbourne, Australia

This is the Asia Pacific region’s leading meetings and event industry trade conference. Decision-makers in the event industry engage with each other during this three-day event to share, connect, and do business.

The 2024 AIME is preparing to be one of their biggest yet as they celebrate their 30th birthday. They expect to host 400 buyers and 2000 visitors from around the world, making it a business tourism conference of 2024 you won’t want to miss.

Business Travel Show

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Dates: 28 – 29 June 2024

Location: London, England

The largest business travel conference in Europe will be back in 2024. This conference is very business-oriented, so it’s the perfect place to find suppliers and network.

It also offers the opportunity to grow your business knowledge. This is the type of travel industry networking event that will challenge you and teach you to innovate and grow.

Travel Technology Europe

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Despite only lasting two days, this is one of the top travel tech conferences in 2024. The event draws in over 5000 attendees and more than 30 conference sessions. It’s focused on technological development in our ever-growing industry.

Travel professionals looking for technological solutions to the industry’s current problems can find all the latest findings at this conference. It’s a gathering place of refreshing ideas and exciting opportunities.

ITB-Berlin

Dates: 5 – 7 March 2024

Location: Oman

The ITB conference is the perfect place for B2B travel trading and gives visitors a taste of future travel and tourism trends. From panel discussions to keynote speakers, there is no better place to get an inside scoop on the year’s upcoming trends.

The three-day conference is exciting and informative, a great way to get exposure to the respective markets and the ideas that are shaping them.

Women’s Travel Fest

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Dates: 3 – 5 March 2024

The Women’s Travel Fest is a conference just for ladies who love travelling. It’s been growing since 2013 and has become the largest women-in-travel summit. Join more than 30 amazing female speakers and network with other like-minded women.

This conference is an incredible opportunity to make good connections and upskill in all the right areas. The aim of this travel convention in 2024 is to connect, support, and inspire women to travel the world safely. It is undoubtedly one of the best tourism fairs in the world for solo female travellers.

Web in Travel (WiT)

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Date: 5 – 6 July 2024

Location: Tokyo, Japan

Date: 27 July 2024

Location: Penang, Malaysia

Date: 2 – 4 October 2024

Location: Singapore

Date: 2 November 2024

Location: Seoul, South Korea

For anyone interested in travel technology, distribution, and marketing, this conference will bring it all into one room. Join the masses as you get the opportunity to meet with others in the travel-tech and marketing space and gain new insights into the industry.

While the event occurs in several live locations throughout the year, it’s also one of the few travel technology conferences offering a virtual space. So you can connect with travel and marketing gurus from across the world.

Select Traveller Conference

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Dates: 17 – 19 March 2024

Location: Buffalo Niagara, New York

This conference aims to boost the relationship between travel clubs and travel loyalty programs. If you are in the industry and hoping to increase your club membership or add value to your loyalty program, this is the place to be.

B Travel Trade Show

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Dates: 15 – 17 March 2024

Location: Barcelona, Spain

The tourism trade show is a great all-around travel trade fair. You’ll learn a lot, be introduced to world-class products and ideas, and socialise with industry leaders. It’s Southern Europe’s biggest travel event, with over 24,000 visitors annually, so expect a crowd.

Travel Technology Initiative

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Dates: 20 March 2024

TTI continues to establish and maintain technology standards within the travel industry. This conference is the main event of the year, where all the big travel tech names come together. Learn about the technological trends that will affect your business and the greater travel industry.

Travel and Words

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Dates: 12 – 14 November 2024

Location: Missoula, Montana

This is a conference built on passion and voluntary work. The Travel and Words event is a great place for travel bloggers , writers, and destination marketers to get together. Here, they can discuss the future of travel marketing in media and print.

Its focus is on freelance travel writers in the Northwest, making it ideal for exposure to potential new markets.

International Luxury Travel Market – Worldwide

ILTM

Dates: 19 – 22 June 2024

Location: Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Dates: 18 – 21 September 2024

Location: Baha Mar, The Bahamas

Dates: 4 – 7 December 2024

Location: Cannes, France

Dates: 7 – 10 May 2024

Location: São Paulo, Brazil

The ILTM conferences showcase the ultimate luxury travel brands to handpicked travel advisors in different regions. It is here that luxury and travel combine to display fantastic holiday opportunities in each country.

Simply put, it’s one of the best international travel events of the year for luxury marketers and business owners.

World Trade Market

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Dates: 6 – 8 November 2024

Dates: 2 – 4 April 2024

Dates: 10 – 12 April 2024

Location: Cape Town, South Africa

Dates: 6 – 9 May 2024

Location: Dubai, UAE

WTM hosts thousands of travel professionals in multiple locations each year.

The Latin America WTM showcases the best of Latin America to the rest of the world. Travel agencies, service providers, and travellers themselves all congregate together to see the best of Latin American Tourism.

WTM Africa does much the same, except for the African Continent. All tourism industry people, from hotel owners to tour guides and everyone in between, will meet under one roof to share and expand their network and knowledge.

WTM London celebrated 40 years in 2020 and will host many travel and tourism professionals in 2024. Here, you can connect and mingle with the industry’s head runners, as well as learn more about the world of travel and tourism.

International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association Global Convention

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Dates: 4 – 7 October 2024

Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico

The IGLTA tourism convention exists to connect the LGBTQ+ community with gay-friendly travel and tourism brands, suppliers, and buyers. There are interesting educational workshops and numerous networking receptions for all attendees.

IGLTA also runs events around the world for LGBTQ+ travellers and promotes equality and safety within the tourism industry.

Skift Forum

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Dates: 26 – 28 September 2024

Dates: 12 – 14 December 2024

The Skift Global Forum 2024 provides a space for innovative leaders in travel and tourism to come together and share, gain, and develop new ideas. With research-driven actionable insights, amazing speakers, and an excellent opportunity to network, it’s one of our favourite travel marketing conferences in 2024.

Women in Travel Summit

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Dates: 12 – 14 April 2024

Location: Salt Lake City, USA

This is a wonderful conference for women in the travel and tourism industry. There will be brands, influencers, and creators.

Visitors can attend workshops and talks on travel directed specifically to the ladies. It’s A great opportunity for travel writers and influencers who want to expand their monetization strategies and learn from others.

Africa’s Travel Indaba

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Dates: 9 – 11 May 2024

Location: Durban, South Africa

Africa’s tourism and travel industry are showcased well at this annual event, with exhibitor booths for travel services and product suppliers. Buyers, media, and the public can enjoy a first-row seat to the best that Africa has to offer.

This conference is geared more towards businesses (like tour operators and travel agents) than travel writers.

Digital Travel Summit 2024

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Dates: 12 – 13 September 2024

Location: South Carolina, USA

One of the best tourism conferences for travel executives, Digital Travel, caters to their niche perfectly. With big keynotes and small face-to-face discussions around customer engagement and personalization, you’re bound to come away with creative new strategies to grow your business.

We Are Africa

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Enjoy the luxurious side of African tourism as this event hosts both an African and International audience. It focuses on rebranding Africa as a top luxury destination with exciting investments and lavish products.

Tourism & Leisure Studies Conference

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Dates: 14 – 16 June 2024

Location: Granada, Spain

This conference offers a space for travel industry professionals to discuss matters within the industry. Past, current, and future trends, issues, and innovations are presented and debated with like-minded individuals.

This is a great space for those looking to change their business model and adapt to relevant tourism in the new decade.

IPW Conference

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Dates: 3 – 7 May 2024

IPW is where US travel exhibitors connect with travel buyers and media from more than 70 countries.

This is one of the best tourism events of 2024 that showcases products and builds relationships. It’s a national showcase of what America has to offer and brings in a great deal of tourism to the country.

Global Business Travel Association

GBTA

Dates: 13 – 15 August 2024

Location: Toronto, Canada

Dates: 22 – 24 April 2024

Visit Canada’s largest conference for business travel and management professionals. As it attracts over 900 attendees, the event is a fantastic way for travel innovators to showcase their latest products and services to industry professionals.

It’s comparatively small in scale to other travel events of 2024, making it best for networking.

Keyframe 23 by Traverse

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Dates: 13 – 16 April 2024

Location: Malta

This travel conference is aimed at bloggers, influencers, YouTubers, and other content creators. The vibrant festival combines travel and technological innovation. Digital content creators from around the world will gather to learn, progress, and develop new ways to show off the world of travel.

ITT Conference

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Dates: 5 – 7 June 2024

Location: Doha, Qatar

The Institution of Travel and Tourism conference is held each year to provide a space for all those in the tourism industry to discuss and share.

You can find guidelines on how to be a professional in the industry, as well as support and advice on your travel career. You can also enjoy some networking with others in the industry.

Future Travel Experience

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Dates: 19 – 21 September 2024

Location: California, USA

Dates: 8 – 9 November 2024

Learn more about the future of travel and hear from hundreds of airline and hotel representatives. Whether you attend the global travel industry event, the Asian event, or both – there is much to learn and many faces to network with.

As the name suggests, it is all about forward-moving tech and industry.

Digital Travel Summit EU

Date: 15 – 16 November 2024

All things digital and travel combine perfectly in this two-day event held in London. Along with industry-leading speakers, there are workshops, presentations, and small group sessions. There are also over 400 other digital travel professionals to network with.

Global Travel Marketplace

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Date: 18 – 20 July 2024

Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

This travel conference is an appointment-only event connecting influential travel advisors with travel suppliers. It’s small-scale and tends to lead to many exciting new business deals.

TECNZ Tourism Conference

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Dates: 8 –11 August 2024

Location: Rotorua, New Zealand

TECNZ Tourism Conference is for anyone interested in making partners and learning about New Zealand’s tourism innovations and trends.

Inbound 2024

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Dates: 5 – 8 September 2024

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Inbound is a yearly conference where big ideas are shared and expanded. It’s all about actionable strategies for growth and improvement. And with nightly parties, you’re likely to make good friends with your new connections.

Massive and exciting, it can be a little daunting. But there’s a surprising opportunity to make close connections and brainstorm your niche challenges.

Travel Writers and Photographers Conference

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Dates: 10 – 13 August 2024

Location: Corte Madera, California

More niche than most options on our list, this conference is the perfect place for all travel writers and photographers to come together and expand their knowledge and skills.

Hosted by Book Passage, there is a world of knowledge to be shared over the 3-day event. With workshops, panels, and evening activities, you’ll come away with actionable insights and a lot of new contacts.

PATA Travel Mart

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Dates: 4 – 6 October 2024

Location: New Delhi, India

The Pacific Asia Travel Association hosts the PATA travel mart each year. The role of PATA in tourism is essential, allowing sellers, buyers, and other industry professionals in the Asia-Pacific region to meet, greet, and network.

There is also a public day when traders can meet visitors and exhibit their products.

Travel Mart Latin America

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Dates: 20 – 22 September 2024

Location: TBD

This is a long-standing conference showcasing Latin American tourism. It’s a great place for tour operators, wholesalers, meeting planners, and incentive companies to meet and share their businesses.

Travel Mart is also an expo of all travel and tourism opportunities in Central and South America.

World Youth and Student Travel Conference

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Dates: 12 – 15 September 2024

Location: Lisbon, Portugal

This conference is a must for professionals who work in youth and student travel. It hosts over 150 buyers, represents 100 countries, and offers workshops and networking events aplenty, making it a conference worth your time.

Vestnorden Travel Mart 2024

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Dates: 17 – 18 October 2024

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland

This is an extremely important trade show for the North Atlantic region. It allows B2B trading and networking for all travel professionals in and around Iceland, Greenland, and the Faroes Islands.

TBEX Africa, North America, and Europe

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Dates: 17 – 20 July 2024

Location: Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Dates: 28 – 31 May 2024

Location: San Sebastian, Spain

TBEX has quickly become the largest conference and networking event for content creators, travel brands, and industry professionals. Partnering with fantastic destinations across the globe and attracting hundreds of delegates each year. This is a great place to network and do business.

It’s one of the best travel and tourism conferences in 2024, with the fantastic convention occurring in Africa, North America, and Europe.

Luxury Travel Advisors Ultra Summit

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Dates: 20 – 22 June 2024

Location: Scottsdale, Arizona

This is a great international tourism conference for travel agents to attend to network with suppliers and learn more about the industry. It’s also a fantastic opportunity for exhibitors to showcase their businesses and what they offer.

TTG Travel Experience

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Dates: 11 – 13 October 2024

Location: Remini, Italy

Anyone looking for a gateway to the Italian travel market should attend the TTG conference. With over 130 countries being represented, this is considered the largest B2B trade conference in Italy.

International Tourism Film Festival

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Dates: 24 – 27 October 2024

Location: Caldas Da Rainha, Portugal

This unique event brings travel filmmakers and businesses together, showcasing industry greats and newcomers alike. It’s not a travel conference we all need to attend, but if you have a special talent for promotional travel films or are looking for someone who does, check it out.

GBTA + Conference 2024

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Dates: 14 – 16 November 2024

Location: Hamburg, Germany

It’s one of the top business travel conferences in 2024 for B2B exposure. You’ll learn about the latest trends in tourism and make valuable new connections.

Phocuswright Conference

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Dates: 13 – 16 November 2024

This is a great place for travel leaders and influencers to meet and discuss the latest innovations in the travel and tourism industry.

Top Travel and Tourism Conferences 2024/25

2024 is an exciting year for travel, with new solutions and innovations constantly breaking ground and a global public itching to explore.

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The Best Travel Conferences to Attend in 2023 (35 of them!)

Read on for 35 unmissable travel conferences and events.

We are fortunate to have a huge variety of conferences and events on offer in the travel industry to stay up to speed with the latest developments and hear from industry leaders on how best to deal with the constant changes that affect us.

Whether you are a small business owner, journalist, in-house travel marketing team, blogger, industry professional or anyone else in travel, these events give you the opportunity to learn, network and improve on all fronts whatever your position.

We’ve pulled together a list of the very best travel and tourism conferences and travel trade shows in 2023 to help you plan your year ahead and hopefully get the opportunity to attend a few of them – let us know if we’ve missed any!

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MATKA Nordic Travel Fair

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WHERE: Helsinki – Finland

WHEN: 20th – 22nd January 2023

The MATKA Nordic Travel Fair is the largest travel industry event in Northern Europe and is a fantastic opportunity to attend talks and presentations from travel providers as well as browse a huge range of travel services and packages. Since Greece is one of the favourite travel destinations for Finnish people, the event always has the country and its national tourist organisation as a partner.

Adventure Travel Show

Adventure Travel Show Logo

WHERE: London – United Kingdom

WHEN: 16th – 17th January 2022

The Adventure Travel Show is the UK’s only travel trade event dedicated to travel experiences off the beaten track. This year the event celebrates its 25th anniversary, and is a very popular UK event for exhibitors as well as travel enthusiasts and celebrities. 

Fitur 2020 Logo

WHERE: Madrid – Spain

WHEN: 18th – 22nd January 2023

Fitur was one of the first tourism conferences in the world and remains an excellent meeting point for people in the travel industry with over 200,000 attendees from 165 countries. You also get the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful city of Madrid during the conference, which is a real bonus.

Alpe Adria

WHERE: Ljubljana – Slovenia

WHEN: 15th – 18th February 2023

The Alpe-Adria is an international conference for green and active tourism and camping and caravanning, held in the beautiful countryside of Slovenia. This event is a great opportunity for networking with those from the Alps-Adriatic region and has a focus on sustainability and green tourism that many businesses will benefit from learning more about.

AIME 2019 Logo

WHERE: Melbourne – Australia

WHEN: 13th – 15th February 2023

The Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) allows for those involved in organising business travel, meetings, incentives and events to meet. It’s the leading trade event for the meetings and event industry and is ideal for any business or individual who works in the business travel industry.

Travel & Adventure Show – Denver

Denver Travel & Adventure Show Logo

WHERE: Denver, Colorado – USA

WHEN: 25th – 26th February 2023

The Travel & Adventure Show in Denver connects travel enthusiasts with different exhibiting companies, along with providing plenty of opportunities to meet travel celebrities. The event is known as ‘America’s Favourite Travel Show’ and is a wonderful experience that offers plenty of travel inspiration, as well as a business networking opportunity.

ITB Berlin Image

WHERE: Berlin – Germany

WHEN: 7th – 9th March 20223

At ITB Berlin, products and services from over 180 countries are showcased at one of the world’s leading travel trade shows. The event has recently shifted to taking a B2B position, but there is now also an IBT Convention taking place that offers more panels and discussions than this traditional exhibition and networking event.

Women’s Travel Fest

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WHERE: New York City, New York – USA

WHEN: 3rd – 5th March 2023

The purpose of this event is to empower, inspire and celebrate solo travel for women. It’s an incredibly popular event in the industry that offers women in the travel industry a unique chance to network with other professionals just like them and is usually an event that sells out completely, so make sure you get your tickets quickly.

ILTM Africa

Where: Cape Town – South Africa

When: 31st March – 2nd April 2023

International Luxury Travel Market Africa is where luxury travel buyers and professionals can find out about Africa’s leading luxury experiences. It’s an invitation-only event where top travel agents can network and find and build business connections and is well worth getting yourself invited to if you can.

Travel & Adventure Show – Dallas

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WHERE: Dallas, Texas – USA

WHEN: 1st – 2nd April 2023

The Dallas Travel and Adventure show connects travel enthusiasts with different exhibiting companies, along with providing plenty of opportunities to meet travel celebrities. The event is known as ‘America’s Favourite Travel Show’ and is a wonderful experience as well as a business networking opportunity.

World Travel Market – Africa

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WHERE: Cape Town – South Africa

WHEN: 3rd – 5th April 2023

WTM Africa is the leading and only B2B exhibition in the country, aimed at both inbound and outbound travel and tourism markets. The conference presents a diverse range of destinations and industry sectors to South African, African and International travel professionals, and next year is being held in Cape Town.

World Travel Market – Latin America

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WHERE: São Paulo – Brazil

The World Travel Market – Latin America is a B2B event in Sao Paulo that showcases Latin America to the world. Over three days, Latin America is sold to visitors as a top travel destination, with speakers, brands and travel businesses all there to provide more information on this colourful part of the world.

ILTM – Latin America

WHEN: 9th – 12th May 2023

Showcasing the best trends and experiences of Brazilian and Latin-American markets, ILTM Latin America is for the finest travel brands, advisors and media. The event is specifically for luxury travel brands and professionals and is a great place to network.

Arabian Travel Market

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WHERE: Dubai – United Arab Emirates

WHEN: 1st – 4th May 2023

If you’re interested in doing business with the Middle East, then you can find out what’s new in the Arabian Travel Market at this conference. It’s the leading event for businesses looking for travel opportunities within the Middle East for inbound and outbound tourism.

Women in Travel Summit – North America

Women in Travel Summit

WHERE: Kansas City, Missouri – USA

WHEN: 19th – 21st May 2023

True to its name, the Women in Travel Summit is an event by women, gender-diverse and marginalised individuals in the travel industry. This conference is aimed at both creators and influencers in the travel industry and entrepreneurs or professionals who work for travel businesses and want to network as well as hear from leading industry professionals.

ITT Conference

ITT Conference

WHERE: Doha – Qatar

WHEN: 5th – 7th June 2023

The Institute of Travel and Tourism Conference is held annually by the ITT and is a key blue riband event in the travel industry.  The dates for the 2023 conference have now been released for June and the location confirmed as Qatar, with more information about the lineup and schedule to come soon.

Travel Tech Show

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WHEN: 28t – 29th June 2023

The Travel Tech Show, previously Travel Technology Europe, is the perfect place to see new products and innovations and to create new business relationships. It brings together global technology customers to help them find new innovative B2B travel and technology services and solutions for their businesses and is a great event for any company looking for innovation and improving customer experience.

Phocuswright Europe

Phocuswright Europe

WHERE: Amsterdam – The Netherlands

WHEN: 12th – 14th June 2023

Head to Amsterdam next summer for the Phocuswright Europe conference to listen to travel leaders and influencers, and learn about where new innovations will be taking the future of travel. Influence travel specialists mingle with brand leaders and creators at this event, hosting talks, discussions, debates and workshops.

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WHERE: Sudbury, Ontario – Canada

WHEN: June 14th-  18th 2023

The Travel Media Association of Canada Conference and Annual General Meeting has been announced in Sudbury, Ontario in 2023 and is an event where Canadian travel experts and professionals gather to discuss the state of the industry and make progress as well as new business connections.

TTF Travel & Tourism Fair Kolkata

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Where: Kolkata – India

When: 145h – 16th July 2023

TTF is India’s biggest travel trade show network, held annually since 1989, and provides one of the best networking opportunities in the travel industry and allows organisations from India and beyond to exhibit their products and services. The first day and a half are fully dedicated to B2B networking and then the remainder of the event is opened up for B2C exhibitors, customers and trade visitors.

GBTA Convention

WHEN: 13th – 15th August 2023

The Global Business Travel Association Conference allows corporate travel professionals to discover over 400 brands in the industry and listen to discussions and debates about current challenges faced by those working in business travel. Registration for their 2023 event opens at the start of the year.

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WHERE: Chania, Creta Island – Greece

WHEN: 20th.- 31st August 2023

The International Association of Cultural and Digital Tourism (IACuDiT) hosts an annual conference in which constructive, critical and interdisciplinary conversations could be held about the challenges emerging in tourism from the digital transformation of the travel industry. This year the conference is celebrating its 10th anniversary with the theme “Recent Advancements in Tourism Business, Technology and Social Sciences” and promises to be a very exciting event held on the stunning island of Creta in Greece.

Digital Travel 2022

WHERE: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina – USA WHEN: 12th – 13th September 2023

Digital Travel

Digital Travel is a leading interactive conference for travel executives that are looking to reimagine the customer journey. The top minds from hotels, OTAs, airlines, transportation companies, and everything in-between, all gather at this conference to share practical insight on how to enhance personalization in marketing and improve their online strategies for better cross-channel customer experiences.

World Youth and Student Travel Conference

WYSTC Lisbon

Where: Lisbon – Portugal

When: 12th – 15th September 2023

The World Youth and Student Travel Conference (WYSTC) is the leading trade event for the global youth, student and educational travel industry and has been running since 1992. This year the conference will take place in Lisbon and offers opportunities for trade and networking, along with hosting seminars and workshops for industry professionals.

ILTM North America

WHERE: New Providence – The Bahamas

WHEN: 18th – 21st September 2023

International Luxury Travel Market Americas is where travel agents and advisors can find out about the best luxury experiences in the Americas region. Held on the island of New Providence in the luxury Baha Mar resort in Nassau, this conference is planned to take place in the middle of September and promises a fabulous networking and learning event for travel brands, press and advisors.

Future Travel Experience Global

Future Travel Experience

Where: Long Beach, California – USA

When: 19th – 21st September 2023

At Future Travel Experience Global, representatives from airlines, airports and all other stakeholder groups gather to discuss the future of travel and how the passenger experience can be developed. It’s a collection of some of the most forward-thinking minds in air travel, and this global event is themed around future-proofing air travel this year.

TTI Autumn Conference

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WHERE: London – UK

WHEN: 20th September 2023

The Travel Technology Initiative’s 2023 Autumn Conference has yet to have its topic confirmed but is always a valuable event for members of the travel industry that want to learn about the latest developments in travel and technology. It’s an event not to miss if you’re looking for insight into the latest tech trends or want to innovate the experience you offer to your customers.

SKIFT Global Forum

Skift Global Forum

Where: New York City – USA

When: 26th – 28th September 2023

SKIFT Global Forum is the flagship global conference on the business of travel, where industry leaders, speakers and executives come together to meet and share their ideas. This year the conference will focus on the theme of “Human Connectivity in the Age of AI” and look at how global technology innovation and trends are shaping the future of travel.

WiT Singapore 2023

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Where: Marina Bay Sands – Singapore

When: 2nd – 4th October 2023

The Web in Travel annual conference helps industry professionals keep up with the rapidly changing world of hospitality and technology. The event is currently planned to take place at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Singapore in October, with the theme and lineup information released in the next few months.

IGLTA Global Convention

IGLTA Logo

WHERE: San Juan – Puerto Rico

WHEN: 4th – 7th October 2023

The International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association Global Convention is a networking event for LGBT tourism professionals. It’s the biggest LGBT+ travel industry of the year and consists of plenty of workshops as well as opportunities to meet other, similar professionals in the industry. This is is the 40th anniversary of the event, hosted in the vibrant city os San Juan.

TTG Travel Experience

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WHERE: Rimini – Italy

WHEN: 11th – 13th October 2023

TTG Travel Experience is the main B2B tourism marketplace in Italy, with over 130 countries represented. This conference is the main gateway to the Italian travel market and attracts brands and businesses from all over the world, and is scheduled to take place this year in Rimini in October.

Vestnorden Travel Mart Banner

WHERE: Reykjavik – Iceland

WHEN: 17th – 19th October 2023

Vestnorden Travel Mart is the leading travel trade show for business offering travel services and experiences in Iceland, Greenland and the Faroe Islands. The event not only offers networking and exhibition opportunities, but gives attendees the chance to explore the beautiful city of Reykjavik in Iceland this year before the event begins.

ITB Asia Banner

WHERE: Marina Bay Sands – Singapore

WHEN: 25th – 27th October 2023

Products and services from over 180 countries are showcased at ITB Asia; the world’s leading B2B travel trade show. In October the conference will be celebrating its 16th year with an impressive lineup of speakers and events alongside exhibiting companies from the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, the Americas, Africa, and the Middle East.

World Travel Market – London

WTM London Logo

WHEN: 6th – 8th  November 2023

The World Travel Market conference is a B2B event in London that hosts 51,000 global travel trade professionals who are all looking to network, purchase new products, and find out about the latest trends. It’s one of the biggest UK travel industry events and is a fantastic place to make new connections, share ideas and benefit from the insight of a wide range of travel experts.

Phocuswright North America

Phocuswright

WHERE: Hollywood, Florida – USA

WHEN: 13th – 16th November 2023

The Phocuswright event is a glamorous American conference that provides you with the opportunity to engage with travel leaders and influencers and learn about the latest innovations. There’s always a great lineup of different speakers as well as workshops and networking opportunities, and this year’s four-day schedule promises plenty of valuable insight.

ILTM Cannes

WHERE: Cannes – France

WHEN: 4th – 7th December 2023

ILTM Cannes is the flagship International Luxury Travel Market event, where the very best global buyers can network with providers of the most luxurious experiences. Over four days of high-quality pre-scheduled appointments, educational sessions, networking, parties and invaluable exposure, guests can end the year with an incredibly informative conference that is also known for its luxury touches.

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50 Event Theme Ideas Fit for Any Experience

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Remember the days of playing dress-up? The pure joy of using your imagination –– of transforming into beloved characters and building fantastical worlds that, to date, had just existed in your mind.

If only you had a good excuse to put together that kind of experience.

Well, good news: You do. Some of today’s leading events use themes to create cohesive storylines, connect attendees, reinforce messaging, and attract registrants. Nailing down a theme for your event can also help other details fall into place.

As always, this is a time to put your audience first. Think about your event goal and the attendees you want to attract. What motivates them? What are you trying to communicate? What feeling are you trying to evoke?

Event professionals are often pretty comfortable establishing in-person event themes but with virtual and hybrid formats gaining momentum, some might be left wondering how to navigate theme selection across in-person, virtual, and hybrid experiences.

Here, you’ll find 50 event theme ideas –– and some thoughts on how to incorporate them across in-person and virtual settings –– all intended to get your creative juices flowing.

In this article, you’ll find event theme ideas inspired by:

The seasons

Time travel

Culinary adventures

Movies and TV shows

Competitive games

Outer space

Seasonal themes

Holidays and the changing of seasons are prime opportunities to celebrate the beginning, middle, or end of a chapter. Tap into these themes for a year’s worth of seasonal inspiration.

❄️ Event theme idea #1: Winter wonderland

Bringing your attendees together during the holidays? Well, cue the jingle bells. Think snowy winter decor, red or blue accent pieces, and Mariah Carey serenading your audience.

  • In person: Go wild with decorations, like evergreen trees, ice sculpture centerpieces, and fake (recyclable) snow. Consider serving treats like wassail, hot chocolate, eggnog, or hot toddies.
  • Virtual: Ask attendees to dress in their favorite winter-themed pieces. Then, they can enjoy the holiday goodies you sent before the event (think: gingerbread cookies and snowglobes) in style. Consider streaming music during festive bonding experiences like ugly sweater contests or lip syncing to the “Frozen” soundtrack.

🎃 Event theme idea #2: Pumpkin patch

Fall colors, pumpkin-spiced lattes, and pumpkin carving — what's not to love with this autumn-inspired theme? Crisp air calls for sweater weather, so plan your theme around peak coziness.

  • In person: Leaves, pumpkins, apples, and warm colors will create a comforting autumn ambiance. Consider a pumpkin carving station or a corn maze to further the pumpkin patch experience.
  • Virtual: Host a virtual pumpkin carving contest after sending pumpkin carving kits before the event. Have attendees share photos of their finished Jack-O-Lanterns and post them on social media channels with your event hashtag.

🌤 Event theme idea #3: Midsummer

With an early sunrise and late sunset, the longest day of the year –– also known as midsummer –– gives us more daylight for gatherings. Celebrate by creating a dreamy aesthetic. Guests can don flowers in their hair or on their clothes, wear white linen attire, and admire pastel-colored decor.

  • In person: Ethereal decorations like daisies, coneflowers, and lavender will be a breath of fresh air for your guests. You could host an evening soiree with garden string lights, soothing jazz or classical music, and light, fruity desserts.
  • Virtual: Send summer-inspired swag to virtual attendees in advance so they can enjoy their rosé while viewing your content. Brand your virtual venue with pastel colors and images of sunflowers, fields of grass, and bumble bees.

🌷 Event theme idea #4: Tulip festival

Celebrate growth with a spring theme because nothing defeats winter blues like a glimpse of those first spring blooms.

  • In person: Choose colors inspired by the lively shades of tulips and flood your venue with flowers. Serve fresh, vibrant flavors in the form of lemon tarts and lavender-infused spirits to bring attendees’ taste buds out of hibernation.
  • Virtual: Send plants, pastries, and items infused with floral scent so virtual attendees can enjoy the freshness of spring wherever they are. Consider sending supplies and hosting a virtual gardening or succulent creation class.

🎅 Event theme idea #5: Christmas in July

Have something special to celebrate in the summer (and an audience that’s open to a Christmas-themed celebration)? Many attendees probably won’t argue with being showered with gifts at a Christmas in July event.

  • In person: For decor, picture Santa at a luau. Consider combining themes by displaying warm beach motifs alongside Santa hats. Think tiki torches, sleds, holiday trees, and palm trees. Serve creative snacks that combine the best of the holidays with a July vibe, including tropical fruit, drinks with umbrellas, gingerbread cookies, and cranberry-laden cocktails.
  • Virtual: Costumes are key. Invite attendees to wear Hawaiian shirts and Santa hats. Send leis and tropical drink mixes before the event for everyone to enjoy together.

Time travel-based themes

Who doesn’t love a little nostalgia? Or a peek into the future? Tap into memories of simpler times or treat attendees to a high-tech flash forward with these time travel-inspired ideas.

🎩 Event theme idea #6: The Roaring Twenties

Set the scene for a true party with this elegant and timeless theme. Whether your attendees are in person or virtual, they’ll feel like they're in the heart of the jazz age.

  • In person: Wander back in time with an over-the-top speakeasy party. Attendees can mingle over glasses of champagne in their flapper dresses and striped suits. Go “Great Gatsby” with black and gold art deco motifs, feathers, and sequins.
  • Virtual : Consider sending attendees mini bottles of champagne or cocktail-making kits to set the mood. Having everyone dress the part will enhance the theme, and they can share photos of their outfits on social media.

👑 Event theme idea #7: Queens and kings

It’s key to recognize attendees for being the queens and kings they are –– and that won’t be lost on anyone with this regal theme.

  • In person: Adorn the event space with luxurious fabrics like velvets, velours, satins, and silks. Hang tapestries for a castle-like effect and hire jesters to entertain. Pull the event together by inviting your attendees to dress in their most regal attire so they can enjoy festivities fit for royalty.
  • Virtual: Send attendees personalized chalices and crowns to complement their outfits, as well as some royalty-inspired decor to adorn their personal palaces.

🌈 Event theme idea #8: The ’70s

Break out the bell bottoms, gold accessories, and your best pair of roller skates for a ‘70s-themed affair.

  • In person: Invite attendees to dance under disco balls in their platform shoes. Serve up some vintage snacks and drinks to get everyone in the mood.
  • Virtual: Ship attendees mini disco balls along with retro snacks and drinks. Guests can enjoy their goodies paired with a virtual dance party with fellow attendees from all over the world.

⚔️ Event theme idea #9: Vikings

Take attendees on a journey to the land of the Norsemen. A Vikings theme can immerse in-person or virtual groups in the history of Scandinavia.

  • In person: Decorate the room with longboats, shields, and swords. Wondering what to feed this crew? Look no further than a feast of turkey legs, honey-baked ham, mead, and other Nordic delicacies fit for any hungry Viking.
  • Virtual: Prepare your virtual guests for the ultimate Vikings-themed event by shipping Viking hats, beer (including offering nonalcoholic beer), and personalized chalices.

🎥 Event theme idea #10: Old Hollywood

Marlon Brando, Audrey Hepburn, and Cary Brant are just some of the names associated with old Hollywood glamor. Bring the razzle-dazzle to your event with this Hollywood theme.

  • In person: Request that attendees dress up in Old Hollywood attire and treat them like stars in a venue decked out with red carpet runners, movie posters, and starburst lights. Glamorous food and drink like caviar canapes and champagne cocktails will make your attendees feel like true celebrities during a time gone by.
  • Virtual: Set your virtual stage by decorating your event platform with symbols of Hollywood. Then, send attendees movie-themed decor, snacks, and drinks. Encourage them to dress up in their finest gowns and tuxedos for a lavish virtual event .

🤠 Event Theme #11: The Gold Rush

Does your team have the golden touch? A gold rush theme can excite attendees and suggest success. Whether they see gold on screen or in person, this theme will generate buzz around your content.

  • In person: Decorate the venue with gold-colored items, cowboy hats, lassos, hanging lanterns, and other on-theme props. Serve up hearty Tex-Mex cuisine and stock the bar with whiskey, hard cider, and sarsaparilla to get everyone in the mood. You can even host a mechanical bull riding competition for added fun.
  • Virtual: Send attendees the excitement of the wild west with cowboy hats and bandanas to wear during the event. Ship snacks and drinks with a mason jar or boot mug to sip from. Include a lasso in the gift pack, so attendees can share videos of them lassoing things around them.

🔮 Event theme idea #12: The world in 3022

Look into that proverbial crystal ball and give your attendees a peek into the very distant future. Large conferences and think-tanks present opportunities for great minds to come together, plan for what’s to come, find solutions to challenges, and generate big ideas.

  • In person: Consider a high-tech and eco-friendly event showcasing sustainable energy with green tech demonstrations. Consider serving novel foods like meatless proteins, and tapping into other advancements in food and drink. After your event, attendees should walk away feeling like they contributed to making the world a better place.
  • Virtual: This theme lends itself perfectly to a virtual event. Have panels of experts moderated by young people who will be affected in the future by decisions made today. Host virtual sessions, and encourage attendees to use your virtual event platform's integrations to ask questions, and get involved in real time from anywhere in the world. Include futuristic entertainment like a hologram dance party with a robot DJ.

Musical themes

Music quickly primes a crowd, so implementing one of these musical themes is sure to get your attendees grooving. The best part? These themes are super easy to bring to life across in-person, virtual, and hybrid events.

🎙 Event theme idea #13: The greats

Take a look at Billboard charts to help create a theme based on the best artists of all time. Why? Because your attendees are also some of the “greats” in their industries.

  • In person: Display pictures or posters of popular musicians and their albums. Spice up the event with food inspired by the cuisine of each artist’s country of origin. For drinks, offer a mixology bar with drinks named after popular songs. Suggest that guests dress up as their favorite musician for a night of glamor and fun.
  • Virtual: Share the event playlist with your virtual attendees, so they can listen to the hits again later. Virtual party favors like light-up bracelets and sunglasses sent ahead of time will prepare guests as they bond over virtual karaoke or lip syncing.

🕺Event theme idea #14: Disco fever

If daily tasks have your team humming “I Will Survive” or “Stayin’ Alive,” it’s time to let loose to the tunes of Donna Summers, Sister Sledge, Gloria Gaynor, and the Bee Gees.

  • In person: Decorate the venue with string lights and other sparkly items. Serve bite-sized food guests can snack on while they move and groove on the dance floor. For drinks, create a disco-themed cocktail and mocktail. Encourage guests to dress up in their favorite disco attire for a night of dancing.
  • Virtual: A little glitz goes a long way with a disco theme. Send guests the sparkle of the disco with light-up signs and balloons. Include delicious retro snacks like popcorn, candy bars, and toppings for ice cream sundaes. Remember those mini disco balls from the time traveling '70s theme? They'll come in handy here too.

🎸 Event theme idea #15: Rock the event away

This theme will have attendees rocking out. With KISS, Led Zeppelin, Guns N’ Roses, and Queen as inspiration, your event is sure to be a hit.

  • In person: To achieve an edgy vibe, display electric guitars, records, and other classic rock items around your venue. Serve up mini burgers and fries, nachos, buffalo chicken dip, and beer. Encourage guests to dress up as their favorite rocker. You can even host a battle of the bands with prizes for the best performances.
  • Virtual : Take your battle of the bands online so attendees can share their musical talents with the group. Send virtual party favors like vintage band tees and rock memorabilia. Don't skimp on the drink and snack swag –– ship your best concert snacks like popcorn, candy bars, and pretzels.

🎛️ Event theme idea #16: EDM

This theme is perfect for fans of electronic dance music (EDM). Get audience members’ blood pumping with popular EDM artists like Avicii, Calvin Harris, and Skrillex.

  • In person: Use black lights, a laser show, neon colors, and EDM-inspired art to create your own rave-like atmosphere. Serve light snacks like elevated fruit and veggie platters, sushi, and EDM-themed cocktails and mocktails. Encourage guests to wear their best rave gear and host a dance contest with prizes for the most enthusiastic dancers.
  • Virtual: Bring on a DJ between sessions to make attendees feel like they’re at a festival, and send swag in advance with party favors like light-up headphones, glow sticks, and EDM-themed sunglasses. Don't forget to include energy-boosting rave snacks like protein bars and bottled smoothies.

💃 Event theme idea #17: Samba

Take a faux-cation to Rio with this invigorating event theme. Brazil, Carioca, and Caipirinhas can be more than daydreams when you treat your audience to the lively melody of the samba.

  • In person: Create a festive vibe with tropical flowers, palm trees, and Brazilian-inspired items. Serve traditional Brazilian food like churrasco (barbecue), feijoada (black bean stew), and brigadeiros (chocolate truffles). For drinks, create special caipirinhas or tropical juice spritzers.
  • Virtual: Transport attendees to a virtual Brazilian beach with sand and seashells in the background. Send brigadeiros (chocolate truffles), fun cocktail and mocktail mixes, and stream a playlist of Brazilian samba, bossa nova, and a soundscape of beach sounds during breaks.

Culinary themes

Many companies produce culinary experiences that can be delivered to virtual attendees. Just a friendly reminder that food-centric themes are not exclusive to an in-person crowd.

🍷🧀 Event theme idea #18: Wine and cheese

Take an elevated approach with this easy-to-implement theme that works particularly well for informal roundtables or talks. Attendees will love sampling international cheeses and wines from the comfort of their own homes or together at a physical venue

  • In person: Display elegant charcuterie boards and other gourmet foods featuring a variety of cheeses, cured meats, and baguettes. For drinks, offer a selection of red and white wines from different regions along with elevated, nonalcoholic drinks. Up the interactivity by polling attendees for their favorite selections and sharing the results.
  • Virtual: Send attendees a cheese board or do-it-yourself charcuterie box and wine sampler before the event. Have a sommelier or cheese expert host a virtual wine and cheese tasting. As a bonus, include a gift card to a local cheese shop or wine store.

🥨 Event theme idea #19: Oktoberfest

Looking to plan an event where attendees can let loose and be merry? From the traditional oompah band to pretzels and bratwurst, Oktoberfest-themed events have everything you need for a fun experience.

  • In person: Decorate with long tables, checkered tablecloths, Oktoberfest banners, and other German paraphernalia. Serve classic Bavarian food like pretzels, bratwurst, sauerkraut, and apple strudel. For drinks, serve German beer (of course!), cider, and festive nonalcoholic options. Encourage attendees to dress in lederhosen or dirndls for a bit of traditional flair.
  • Virtual: Send an Oktoberfest kit in advance with all the decor and food items attendees will need to create an authentic experience. Include traditional German food like salty pretzels and creamy strudels. Steins also fit the occasion. Share a festive playlist featuring oompah bands and other German music favorites. And don't forget to send the drinks!

🍵 Event theme idea #20: High tea

Apply the time-honored tradition of high tea for an elegant afternoon event. Whether you serve sweet or savory teas and pastries, this theme is perfect for events defined by long, intimate discussions.

  • In person: Break out the fine china to serve tea (or champagne, if you’re so inclined) with sandwiches, biscuits, and chocolates. Floral linens, a pastel color scheme, and flower arrangements will add to the sophisticated decor. For a special touch, have tea mixologists create unique blends for attendees to enjoy.
  • Virtual: Send supplies for a virtual tea party. Consider gifting virtual attendees with a traditional tea set or an eclectic mix of teacups and saucers. Stream soft background music and a soundscape of chirping birds while attendees enjoy their high tea experience.

🍣 Event theme idea #21: Sushi making

If your attendees are up for an interactive culinary experience, sushi-making is a great way to learn about Japanese culture and enjoy delicious food.

  • In person: Hire a sushi chef to lead a sushi-making class. Attendees can learn how to make sushi rolls, nigiri, and sashimi. Decorate with Japanese-inspired decor like lanterns, fans, and cherry blossoms. Serve green tea and sake alongside the sushi.
  • Virtual: Send a do-it-yourself sushi kit with all the necessary non-perishable supplies and instructions. Including a grocery gift card for perishables like fish is a nice touch. Have a sushi chef lead a virtual class for attendees.

🍝 Event theme idea #22: The history of pasta

How about a bonding experience where your attendees get to learn about the history of pasta while making their favorite pasta sauce and dough? Sì grazie!

  • In person: Decorate with Italian-inspired decor like grapevines, olive wreaths, and checkered tablecloths. Play Italian music for added ambiance. Hire an Italian chef to teach attendees how to make different types of pasta, as well as their favorite sauces, from scratch. Attendees can chat while they feast on their creations, red wine, and garlic bread.
  • Virtual: Send a do-it-yourself pasta kit in advance with all the necessary supplies, sauces, and instructions so attendees can prepare before signing on for an Italian-chef-led virtual pasta-making class.

Movie and TV show themes

🕶️ event theme idea #23: “bond. james bond.”.

It's time for some bonding –– team bonding, that is. And what’s more fitting than a James Bond-themed experience? Picture attendees following a black tie dress code, sipping on martinis (shaken, not stirred, of course), and playing cards. Consider gamifying the theme by assigning roles and adding a photo booth so attendees can share their best Bond character poses on social media.

  • In person : Turn your venue into a Casino Monte Carlo decorated in black and white with blackjack and poker tables. Serve sophisticated beverages with caviar and canapés. This theme is perfect for fundraising events featuring causes that align with your organization's values.
  • Virtual: Include instructions for watching a James Bond movie online together in the invitation, so attendees can discuss the movie in the chat. Ahead of the event, send martini kits, movie snacks , and secret agent accessories.

📺 Event theme idea #24: '90s sitcoms

Did you ever dream of sipping coffee at Central Perk like Ross and Rachel? Maybe busting into Jerry’s apartment like Kramer on “Seinfeld” is a life goal. Or perhaps you regularly scout real estate listings in Bel-Air so you can live like the Fresh Prince. This throwback theme can be tailored to include whatever TV shows interest your attendees.

  • In person: Create a living room set reminiscent of your favorite ’90s sitcom — think bright colors, patterned sofas, and big hair. Serve coffee, sodas, snacks, and desserts that were popular during the decade, and stream ’90s music hits to complete the atmosphere.
  • Virtual: Send attendees swag, snacks, and trinkets from their favorite ’90s TV shows to prime them for the event. Reimagine the shows’ well-known theme songs with new lyrics that fit your experience, and consider incorporating some trivia to remind attendees of all the details from these small-screen hits.

🍫 Event theme idea #25: Chocolat

The name says it all. Set in France, “Chocolat” is a movie that lends itself to a beautiful event theme. Indulge attendees with one of the most decadent sweets around: chocolate.

  • In person: Set the scene with French-inspired decor like chocolate Eiffel Tower centerpieces, striped tablecloths, and French music quietly playing in the background. Create a chocolate wonderland with delicious treats everywhere you turn. Complement the sweets with a wine, champagne, and coffee bar.
  • Virtual: Send a gourmet chocolate sampler to virtual attendees. Download a virtual Eiffel Tower or other French landmarks as photo backdrops for the event, and play French music between sessions to add that je ne sais quois.

🇮🇹 Event theme idea #26: The Italian Job

Pull off a high-stakes heist with your team (all in good fun, of course) with this theme based on the action movie. "The Italian Job." The theme can include Italian food, drink — all of which can be achieved in virtual, hybrid, or in-person venues.

  • In person: Create an Italian piazza or cafe setting with striped awnings, flower boxes, and wrought iron accents. You can also hang pictures of Italian landmarks throughout the event space. Serve classic Italian dishes like pasta bolognese, chicken marsala, and tiramisu. Consider a wine bar serving red and white wines along with nonalcoholic offerings.
  • Virtual : Send an olive oil tasting kit and meal delivery vouchers to Uber Eats , DoorDash , or another delivery service so virtual attendees can order from their favorite Italian eatery. Decorate the virtual event space with pictures of famous Italian landmarks and stream Italian music between sessions.

🎼 Event theme idea #27: Amadeus

Mozart, Beethoven, Salieri: the music, the costumes, and the theatrics all lend themselves to a beautiful theme for your event. Regardless of where your event is hosted, make sure your guests have some famous composer-inspired to don.

  • In person: Decorate the venue with classical music instruments and artwork, and use white tablecloths and candelabras to design elegant tablescapes. Attendees can enjoy Viennese pastries, coffee, and wine. To create a more immersive experience, provide a piano or harpsichord for guests to play along with Mozart’s music throughout the evening.
  • Virtual: Brand your virtual event with classical motifs, and set the stage for your virtual venue to feel like an opera house in Vienna. Send attendees drinks and Viennese pastries to enjoy while watching a live stream of a classical concert.

Competitive game themes

Satisfy your audience’s competitive nature with these fun-filled themes built around classic games.

🔍 Event theme idea #28: Scavenger Hunt

Whether the scavenger hunt is digital or physical, it’s always fun to play for a prize. Consider whether your team would prefer to work as individuals or teams and thread this theme through other areas of your event.

  • In person: Create a clues sheet with riddles guests can solve to find the locations of hidden prizes. Then, hide prizes and additional clues around the venue for attendees and herd traffic in the right direction.
  • Virtual: Include scavenger hunt clues with the event registration. Then, hide icons, illustrations, and words around your virtual event website and virtual sponsor hall to gamify your event. At the end of the event, award prizes through a digital raffle.

💡 Event theme idea #29: Trivia night

See which trivia buffs in your audience know their stuff by tapping an emcee to host trivia for your audience. Up the ante by creating customized sets of questions centered around your company, movies, geography, and other relevant categories.

  • In person: Assign teams to compete head-to-head in a battle of wits. Use questions from general knowledge categories like history, literature, and science. The winning team gets a prize (or bragging rights). Decorate the venue with photos of famous people, places, and inventions to get the mind buzzing and create drinks where guests have to guess the contents.
  • Virtual: Transform your virtual venue into a game show set and use a virtual trivia integration, like Kahoot !, on your virtual or hybrid event platform. At the end of the event, award prizes through a digital raffle system.

🔢 Event theme idea #30: Bingo

Bingo is a casual game people can play while socializing. It's a winning choice for in-person, hybrid, or virtual events because it's easily implemented.

  • In person: Create bingo boards featuring numbers replaced by company logos, common industry terms, or inside jokes that are meaningful to your attendees. As people score a bingo, they can turn in their cards for a prize. Decorate the room in a classic bingo hall manor: long tables, checkered tablecloths, and spice it up with colored lighting.
  • Virtual: Bingo events can easily be hosted virtually with digital bingo cards, digital raffles, and digital or shipped prizes. Supply your attendees with a picnic meal and additional fun games that they can play after the event.

Sports themes

Who doesn’t love a good match and witnessing incredible feats of speed, endurance, and strength? Infuse a little bit of the grit and glory of sports into your next event theme. (Or just host a virtual streaming party and watch a game together.)

⚽ Event theme idea #31: Football (soccer)

It’s one of the most global, universally recognized sports out there. And “Ted Lasso” continues to put it on the map. Give an international audience a common point of connection with a football-themed (soccer) event.

  • In person: In addition to incorporating a viewing party –– complete with snacks inspired by the teams attendees support –– you could set up lifesize cutouts of famous players, encourage attendees to wear their teams’ colors, and set up areas where guests can play soccer video games or even jump into an actual pick-up game if the venue allows for it.
  • Virtual: Encourage virtual attendees to show team spirit by decorating their virtual backgrounds with their teams’ colors. Participants could also vote for the best-decorated background.

🏈 Event theme idea #32: American football

Chicken wings, nachos, beer, soda, and face paint — whether your American football-themed event is centered around a specific game or not, the snacks and intensity make for an energetic experience.

  • In person: Set up a viewing party and show a live or recorded game. Decorate the venue with team colors and football memorabilia. And lean into the classic snacks and drinks associated with kicking back and watching a game.
  • Virtual: Create a hub where people can congregate online to watch a game. Invite attendees to wear player jerseys, share a playlist featuring music inspired by past seasons and specific teams, and set up personalized video messages from famous football players via Cameo .

🎾 Event theme idea #33: Tennis

Is tennis your attendees’ sport of choice? Then, consider hosting a tennis-themed summer garden party. Attendees can wear white and volley commentary as they mingle and enjoy jumping into matches in the background.

  • In person: A tennis-inspired celebration wouldn't be complete without strawberries, cream, and bubbly. Consider setting up lawn games like croquet or badminton, and include TVs for watching matches in your outdoor venue.
  • Virtual: Host a virtual happy hour where people can catch up with one another in between watching matches. Challenge a fellow online attendee to a tennis video game match. To tap into attendees’ competitive spirit, consider hosting a digital scavenger hunt with tennis-themed clues and prizes.

Activity themes

There’s just something about coming together with other people and making something or solving a tricky mystery. That act of hands-on participation and creation is pretty powerful. Try one of these activity-led event themes to help give your attendees a truly interactive experience.

🍔 Event theme idea #34: Summer barbecue

Nothing summons a crowd quite like good food on the grill. This theme works well for intimate, internal events. So, pick up some barbecue sauce and invite your team to mingle while enjoying great food in a casual environment.

  • In person : Throw some hot dogs, hamburgers, vegetables, or chicken on the grill for some easy eats. Don’t forget the cooler of beer, individually bottled cocktails , soda, and water. If you have the right space, set up lawn games like frisbee or cornhole. Want to up the ante? Organize a grilling competition complete with a judging panel to determine whose barbecued treats are the best.
  • Virtual: Send virtual attendees a hamper of supplies and a red and white checkered tablecloth beforehand so they can make all the goodies at home. Then, join in a virtual grill-along where everyone makes a barbecue dish at the same time. You can also include some fun outdoor activities and games in your gift box.

🧶 Event theme idea #35: Crafting

It’s possible to relax and feel creatively productive with a group crafting experience. Attendees might be drawn to the experience of making something surrounded by a group.

  • In person: Get artsy by setting up a painting, jewelry-making, or pottery class. Make something as a team or individually and share the results. Make sure to have plenty of snacks and drinks on hand.
  • Virtual: There are many online crafting classes attendees can join from the comfort of their homes. Send out craft kits ahead of time. For example, send yarn and knitting needles for a virtual knitting circle, where everyone knits while they chat. You can also set up a virtual photo booth for folks to take pictures with their creations.

🍸 Event theme idea #36: Cocktail making

Happy hours or socials are a great way for a team to kick back and relax while learning to make a new drink.

  • In person: Provide the drink supplies and treat your attendees to a drink mixing class led by an expert mixologist. You can decorate the venue with neon colors and dark lighting to heighten the mood.
  • Virtual: Concoct cocktails and mocktails together following live step-by-step instructions from a professional mixologist. Sourced , Liberate Your Palate , and Fancy Sips will ship kits to your guests so they have everything they need in time for your virtual event.

🗝️ Event theme idea #37: Escape rooms

Put attendees’ problem-solving skills to the test by tasking them with escaping a locked room in an event built around this classic bonding activity.

  • In person: Plenty of escape rooms have emerged in the past several years so finding a ready-made experience often isn’t too tricky. Book one in your area, grab some pizzas, and gather your guests for a true test of brains and patience.
  • Virtual: Can't get together in person? That’s what pizza delivery is for. Send attendees pizzas, set up a virtual escape room experience, and watch your guests work together to solve puzzles before the timer runs out.

🧐 Event theme idea #38: Murder mystery

"Clue" fans will love solving a mystery in character. Transport attendees to a new world with an experience built around deception and secrets –– all in good fun, of course. Your audience can problem solve and laugh their way through the faux-murder plot.

  • In person: Buy a murder mystery game or hire a murder mystery company to lead the event. Encourage everyone to get into character and treat guests to snacks and drinks that fit the theme –– then let the fun begin.
  • Virtual: Host a murder mystery watch party or set up a virtual murder mystery. Send props, costumes, and snacks ahead of time so your team can fully embody the cast of characters.

🏆 Event theme idea #39: Superlative awards

Many people appreciate recognition for their achievements. Superlative awards celebrate achievements and attributes such as "Most Outgoing," "Customer Advocacy Ace," or "Cool-Under-Pressure Award." Consider your audience and tailor the awards and experience to them.

  • In person: Present your awards during a dinner or happy hour where you can share drinks and plenty of laughs. Extend the theme by giving away award ceremony swag bags.
  • Virtual: Have one of your team members dress up as an award show host and present the awards via a livestream. Consider sending awards, swag bags , snacks, and trophies beforehand –– all intended to be unboxed during the event.

Travel themes

If you’re catering to an audience that’s based around the world or always on the go, a travel-based event theme could be the right pick. From international cuisine to learning about different cultures, these themes will have attendees searching for their next opportunity to experience the world.

🎈 Event theme idea #40: Around the World in 80 Days

Lean into the literary world of Jules Verne as you give guests the opportunity to explore the different cultures of each place featured in “Around the World in 80 Days.” Guide attendees on a journey from country to country within your event –– either in person or online.

  • In person: Go wild with decorations –– there’s no limit to how far you can take this theme. Want to give attendees a taste of everything? Consider securing food trucks featuring cuisine from different cultures so attendees can country hop.
  • Virtual: Decorate virtual event rooms with relevant designs from some of the countries featured in Jules Verne’s classic story. To elevate the experience, you can send ingredients for cooking classes where attendees can make different dishes from around the world or hop on a virtual country tour.

🏡 Event theme idea #41: Hometown glory

Tap into your attendees’ sense of hometown pride by celebrating the cultures, traditions, and people where they live or are from originally.

  • In person: Host a community service day where your attendees can give back to their local area while wearing matching hometown shirts. Follow it up with a block party catered by local restaurants or a potluck dinner featuring local eats and drinks.
  • Virtual: Far-flung attendees can celebrate where they live and share their pride with mini presentations about their hometowns. Consider sending delivery vouchers beforehand so guests can buy drinks and a local meal or snacks to enjoy during the event.

🌸 Event theme idea #42: Hawaiian luau

Aloha! Skip the flight and bring a Hawaiian paradise to your attendees with floral decorations, a beach bonfire (whether real or digital), and relaxed clothing.

  • In person: Encourage attendees to dress in their best island-chic attire (Hawaiian shirts encouraged) and provide leis as they enter. Host hula and lei-making lessons, and let guests connect over Hawaiian-inspired food and drinks.
  • Virtual: Live stream a hula dancing or lei-making tutorial for attendees. Get guests in the island spirit by shipping a variety of luau-themed props like tiki torches, leis, and sunglasses to wear during the event.

🇺🇳 Event theme idea #43: United Nations

The United Nations (UN) stands for peace and unity, so this theme helps create an inclusive and welcoming experience regardless of your venue space.

  • In person: Design a space where attendees can learn about the UN and its work. Display country flags and consider tapping a variety of caterers to share cuisine from different member countries of the UN.
  • Virtual: Create a virtual world fair with an online space where attendees can build connections. Highlight different member countries, so guests can explore their contributions to the UN. If you have a virtual map, have a representative from each country "pin" their location.

🥬 Event theme idea #44: International food competition

From appetizers to desserts, this theme has something for everyone. Not only can it introduce attendees to new foods while they connect with one another, it’s also a great theme for fundraisers, charity events, and internal company gatherings.

  • In person: Model your venue after the set of a competitive cooking show. Next, divide attendees (chefs) into teams representing different countries. Then, give everyone the chance to cook and compete for the top prize in your international food competition.
  • Virtual: Host a virtual cook-off with a variety of international foods for attendees to choose from. Send nonperishable ingredients and grocery vouchers beforehand so everyone can get cooking.

Outer space themes

Sometimes travel-based themes just don’t feel like they get far enough away from the “real world.” Bring cosmic daydreams to life with space-based themes that are truly far out.

🚀 Event theme idea #45: Space travel

Host an out-of-this-world event that explores new frontiers and celebrates humanity's boundless curiosity. From astronaut ice cream to zero-gravity games, there are endless possibilities for this event theme.

  • In person: Turn your venue into an intergalactic space station –– or a different planet. Serve starfruit punch, asteroid cookies, and Mars ice cream bars . Promote a stellar experience by requesting that attendees dress in astronaut costumes or encouraging them to hatch an idea for a costume inspired by a different planet.
  • Virtual: Transport your guests into outer space by kicking off the event with space exploration videos. Also, consider inviting an expert from a space organization to host a live stream about their work.

👾 Event theme idea #46: Life on Mars

We’ve long been pondering the concept of life on Mars –– so, why not bring that concept to attendees here on Earth? Encourage guests to dress in their finest galactic ensemble, and connect over the ins and outs of celestial real estate.

  • In person: If you have the space, decorate your venue like an otherworldly landscape. Serve martian watermelon slices, intergalactic-inspired appetizers, and edible glitter-infused cocktails and mocktails.
  • Virtual: Start your event with a virtual reality experience of what it would be like to walk on the red planet. To get attendees talking, host a discussion about what they would miss most if they had to move to Mars.

👽 Event theme idea #47: Alien life forms

This theme is geared toward the crowd who would've given anything to help ET phone home, but it can bring out the inner explorer in anyone.

  • I n person: Deck out your photo booth with a full moon background and bicycle with a basket as a prop. Serve intriguing alien-themed foods to wow the crowd. Consider hiring DJs dressed as extraterrestrials and have a costume contest for the best extraterrestrial outfit.
  • Virtual: Invite your guests to sport red hoodies for their chance in the full moon photo booth. Send retro space-themed snacks like Moon Pies, Reese’s Pieces, and green punch. Ahead of the event, send alien-inspired paraphernalia like antennae, ray guns, and space helmets to get everyone in the spirit.

Fantasy themes

Let attendees' imaginations run wild. From dragons to unicorns to superheroes, these themes are sure to inspire fantastic ideas.

🦹 Event theme idea #48: Superheros and villans

Celebrate industry superheroes and invite attendees to live out their superhero (or villain) dreams by dressing as their favorite characters.

  • In person: Turn your venue into Gotham by hanging black and green streamers and “wanted” posters of popular villains. Create a city skyline photo booth backdrop so attendees can practice their action poses and share them on social media.
  • Virtual: Create a virtual city with buildings attendees can explore while moving from session to session. Send superhero swag like capes, masks, and comic books ahead of the event. Then, invite attendees to dress up as their favorite characters and host a Marvel versus DC debate during a networking session.

🧙 Event theme idea #49: Wizards

Harry Potter has captivated audiences for years –– in part, because we love the idea of exploring magical worlds. Have some magicians to celebrate? This is the perfect theme to use for an internal or external event.

  • In person: Transform your venue into the great hall of Hogwarts by hanging banners with the school's crest and flying house flags. Serve pumpkin pasties, Butterbeer, and more wizarding treats. Bring in a green screen and have guests take pictures in front of magical backdrops.
  • Virtual: Before your event, send swag like wands, chocolate frogs, and other magical treats. Start the event by sorting attendees into their houses and sending them to virtual breakout rooms to network. Consider hosting virtual potion sessions, wand dueling tournaments, or a virtual Quidditch match.

🐰 Event theme idea #50: Cartoons

Give attendees a chance to connect with their inner child by taking them back to the world of cartoons. Encourage them to dress up as their favorite cartoon characters or bring a meaningful item for show-and-tell. Want to make it work for a corporate event? Consider aligning the theme so it's relevant to session topics.

  • In person: Model your venue decorations after a cartoon set. Next, place cartoon character cardboard cutouts around the venue for guests to take pictures with. Drive home the cartoon theme by serving colorful and fun-to-eat foods like cotton candy or popcorn in paper cones.
  • Virtual: Give your virtual event a colorful background and cartoon avatars for attendees to use. Ship cartoon props for use in the virtual photo booth along with character masks and childhood-inspired snacks.

Let technology help bring your event theme to life

No matter what type of event you're planning, there's a theme that will resonate with your audience, help drive registration and attendance, and spark connections among your attendees.

Technology can also help bring your chosen theme to life across any format –– from virtual events to hybrid experiences to in-person gatherings.

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Travel Conferences 2024: Complete List & Guide for Tour and Activity Operators

As we look towards a promising year in the travel industry, it's time for tour operators, event coordinators, and activity providers to gear up for a year filled with opportunities.

We've carefully crafted this guide to make sure you know everything you need to know about upcoming travel shows and conferences. Find out about the latest marketing trends , innovative ways to grow your business, and ways to expand your network by attending travel trade shows, and conferences.

There are going to be a lot of great events in the travel industry in 2024, each offering learning, networking, and growth opportunities. Mark your calendars well in advance with this blog so you don't miss any big events.

Every event is a chance to explore new possibilities, from the bustling streets in Madrid at FITUR to the innovative talks at the Travel Tech Show in London. Here's what the travel and tourism world has in store for us in 2024.

January 2024 Events

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FITUR, Madrid

  • Location: Madrid, Spain
  • Date: January 24-28, 2024
  • Details: A global hub for tourism professionals, FITUR is vital for exposure to Latin American markets and networking with global tourism leaders.

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Hike, Backpack & Urban Walks Summit

  • Location: Seattle
  • Date: January 6, 2024
  • Details: Focuses on outdoor activities like hiking and urban walks, critical for operators in these niches.

YMCA Mid America Camping Conference

  • Location: Brookston
  • Date: January 9-12, 2024
  • Details: A gathering of YMCA Camping professionals, great for educational and networking opportunities in outdoor recreation.

UKinbound Webinar | The US Consumer

  • Location: Webinar
  • Date: January 16, 2024
  • Details: Douglas Quinby, CEO of Arival, will talk about the latest U.S. travel trends, tours, and activities. According to a survey of 1,000 travelers, he'll talk about what they want, how they book and discover activities, what influences their decisions, and what to expect in 2024 in terms of demand.  

Enter24 e-Tourism Conference

  • Location: Izmir, Türkiye
  • Date: January 17- 19, 2024
  • Details: Focuses on tourism marketing and sustainability, a vital area for modern tour operators.

TravMedia's International Media Marketplace - IMM NYC

  • Location: Javits Center, New York
  • Date: January 24-25, 2024
  • Details: Connects the travel industry with journalists and influencers, a crucial event for media exposure.

2024 Insider Pro Meetup

  • Location: Not specified
  • Date: January 25, 2024
  • Details: Peter Brown will talk about his extensive tourism career in the "Operator Spotlight" session, highlighting its evolution, the different roles he's played, and the lessons he's learned along the way. There will be direct insights and strategies from an industry veteran, offering inspiration and knowledge to both new and old professionals.  

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North of Boston Tourism Summit

  • Location: Boston Marriott Peabody
  • Date: January 26, 2024
  • Details: Daylong networking event for tourism professionals, specifically lodging, dining, attractions, chambers, destination marketing organizations.

Marketing Outlook Forum (MOF)

  • Location: Houston, Texas
  • Date: January 29-31, 2024
  • Details: An insightful event focusing on future tourism marketing strategies. Learn from cutting-edge data, invaluable insights, and powerful tools that can help your business strategize the right way.

February 2024 Events

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SYTA Summit

  • Location: Orlando
  • Date: February 2-5, 2024
  • Details: Students & Youth Travel Association started this summit in 2021, inspiring more than 900 people with great ideas, trends, and real-world scenarios with peer engagement. The goal is to find solutions tours and activities can use to prepare themselves for the future.  

West Country Tourism Conference

  • Location: West Point, East Devon
  • Date: February 6-7, 2024
  • Details: Focuses on tourism marketing and social media strategies, essential in today's digital era. This conference is for everyone working in tourism across Devon, Somerset, Dorset, and Cornwall in the West Country.

International Inbound Travel Association Summit (IITA Summit)

  • Location: Memphis
  • Date: February 11-14, 2024
  • Details: A nonprofit trade platform for international inbound travel to the United States. This year's theme, "Navigating Tomorrow: Tourism’s Changing Environment", aims to help tour and activity operators complete a fresh tour program catering to the changing landscape of tourism.

Women’s Travel Fest

  • Location: Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
  • Date: February 16-19, 2024
  • Details: Dedicated to women who love to travel, featuring inspiring female speakers. For over a decade, Alexandra Jimenez, Travel Fashion Girl's founder, has helped thousands of women travel safely and confidently.

March 2024 Events

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  • Location: Berlin Exhibition Grounds, Berlin, Germany
  • Date: March 5-7, 2024
  • Details: The world's biggest travel trade fair, ITB Berlin is a must-attend for brand-building, networking, and gaining industry insights.

Arival 360 | Berlin 2024

  • Location: Berlin
  • Date: March 2-4, 2024
  • Details : It's a networking event for professionals in the tourism industry, including strategists, marketers, technologists, and product innovators from attractions like amusement parks, museums, zoos, and cultural sites.  

April 2024 Events

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CTC Corporate Travel Summit Asia, Singapore

  • Location: Singapore
  • Date: April 25, 2024
  • Details: This summit focuses on corporate travel, big data, and networking. This year's theme is introducing CTC's new Corporate Branches format, designed to include a full range of corporate travel aspects.

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  • Location: Portland, OR, USA
  • Date: May 15-17, 2024
  • Details: For travel creators, focusing on blogging, content creation, and business development, ideal for bloggers and content creators. The summit's goal is to help creators create and manage better content, get more traffic using advanced SEO, ads, & email marketing. Learn how to monetize your content, such as affiliate marketing and collaborations. Discover creator tools and services to streamline your workflow.  
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Date: May 3-7, 2024
  • Details: Create networking opportunities where you can promote your product and negotiate deals with international suppliers.  

Travel Blogger Exchange (TBEx) Europe

  • Location: San Sebastian, Spain
  • Date: May 28-31, 2024
  • Details: Meet, network, and learn the latest trends, strategies and tactics from world-leading experts and other content creators during multiple conferences and pre-tours.  

June 2024 Events

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Midwest Travel Network Conference

  • Location: Shipshewana, Indiana
  • Date: June 13-15, 2024
  • Details: In its fifth year, Midwest Travel Network is hosting a conference to bring together both sides of the Midwest tourism industry. Besides offering acclaimed speakers and learning opportunities for bloggers and destinations, Midwest Travel Network Conference is a great networking event for everyone involved in marketing Midwest tourism.

Travel Tech Show

  • Location: London
  • Date: June 19-20, 2024
  • Details: Focuses on digital technology in travel, essential for keeping up with technological advancements. It's more than an expo - it's an opportunity to get a pulse on the latest innovations and trusted names in travel.  

Business Travel Show Europe

  • Details: It's the biggest business travel show in Europe, with tons of info and networking. Discover what's new in the industry, check out the newest innovations, meet the biggest suppliers, learn from the experts, and connect with colleagues across the show.  

July 2024 Events

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GBTA Atlanta

  • Location: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  • Date: July 22-24, 2024
  • Details: It's the premier global conference for business travel, where diverse voices come together for a common cause. This is the best event for new industry practices and business growth.  

September 2024 Events

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SKIFT Global Forum, New York City

  • Location: New York City, NY, USA
  • Date: September 17-19, 2024
  • Details: A premier event in the travel industry where you can take part in discussions, network, and learn about the latest trends at the coolest new New York City event venue. Limited seats left.

Arival 360, San Diego

  • Location: San Diego
  • Date: 30 September - 3 October 2024
  • Details: An event brimming with business-boosting elements: expert-tested strategies, peer-to-peer learning, and a sharp focus on current trends and challenges in the Experiences industry.

October 2024 Events

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Adventure Travel World Summit

  • Location: Panama
  • Date: October 7-10, 2024
  • Details: Sponsored by the Adventure Travel Trade Association, this event is vital to adventure travelers. Find out about business solutions, inspiring stories, and ideas that will inspire your journey.  

WTE (World Travel Expo) Miami

  • Location: Miami Beach
  • Date: October 21-23, 2023
  • Details: A lot of airlines, airports, tourism bureaus, tour operators, travel agents, and other industry professionals come to this Expo. Investing in sponsorship or exhibiting allows you to make high value connections with national and international travel industry professionals.  

November 2024 Events

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World Travel Market

  • Location: ExCel, London, UK
  • Date: November 5-7, 2024
  • Details: A leading travel trade show focusing on diversity, inclusivity, technology, and sustainability.

ETOA’s Global European Marketplace (GEM)

  • Location: London, UK
  • Date: October 31-November 01, 2023
  • Details: An exclusive event for ETOA members, offering one-on-one meetings and educational sessions.

And there you have it! We've taken a whirlwind tour through the best travel conferences and events lined up for 2024. From sunny Spain to the heart of London, each event is a golden ticket to new ideas , friends in the industry, and maybe even a few game-changing strategies for your business.

Think of this guide as your personal calendar for the coolest gatherings in the travel world. Whether you're a pro at this or just stepping into the travel scene, these conferences are your chance to learn a thing or two, meet interesting people, and give your business a nice little boost.

So grab your planner, circle those dates, and get ready for an adventure. Who knows what exciting opportunities and stories you'll bring back? We're all ears and can't wait to hear about your travels and triumphs in the amazing world of travel in 2024!

Commonly Asked Questions

What are the best travel forums in 2024.

In 2024, the best travel forums are those that bring together travel professionals from both inbound and outbound markets. Look out for leading trade fair events like the World Travel Market and the Travel and Adventure Show.

These forums are essential for tour operators, travel agents, and all involved in the travel industry. They offer great networking opportunities and insights into emerging trends in smart tourist destinations.

Conference vs. Convention: What's the Difference?

The main difference between a conference and a convention lies in their purpose and audience. Conferences, part of travel conferences 2024, focus on professional development and sharing knowledge.

They're targeted towards specialists like tourism professionals and travel content creators. Conventions are broader, often including trade shows and entertainment, attracting a wider audience from companies in various industries, including the general public.

What is Conference Travel?

Conference travel refers to attending professional events, such press conferences such as travel conferences or trade shows, in different cities or countries. This type of travel is popular among business travelers, including those attending industry events in cities like San Francisco or Las Vegas. It combines attending the conference with exploring new destinations, making it a unique experience for travel professionals.

What Do Travelers Want in 2024?

In 2024, travelers are looking for unique and personalized experiences. They want to explore new and smart tourist destinations responsibly and sustainably.

With advancements in big data, travelers expect personalized services and experiences that cater to their preferences. This shift is driving the travel industry to create more tailored and interesting events and packages.

Summit vs. Conference: What's the Difference?

A summit, like the Travel Summit, is usually a high-level meeting focusing on important decisions and discussions among thought leaders.

It's more exclusive and centered on key topics. A conference, such as ITB Berlin or TBEX Europe, is more about bringing professionals together to learn, network, and share knowledge on specific themes.

Is a Convention Bigger Than a Conference?

Typically, a convention is bigger than a conference. Conventions combine various aspects of an industry, including trade shows, networking events, and sometimes public exhibitions. They attract a larger, more diverse audience.

In contrast, conferences are more focused on business meetings, aimed at professionals for learning and networking, like those in the travel industry attending tourism conferences.

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Conference themes are crucial for the success and impact of any event. As an event organizer, it’s important to choose the right themes. Themes that will engage attendees and create a memorable experience . 

An event theme is a central idea that connects all the aspects of your conference. It is more than just a catchy slogan or a catchy title. A great meeting theme connects the speakers and sessions to marketing and branding.

The theme should reflect your goals, your audience, and your vision of expanding your industry. It should also be relevant, engaging, and memorable.

Research by Zippia , states that 39% of their responders doze off during a work meeting. According to the same study, 40% find off-topic discussions annoying. And more than 35% get annoyed by unclear agendas and boring meetings. This statistic shows the importance of having a clear, engaging, and relevant theme for meetings.

But how do you choose the best conference themes for your next event? How do you find the one that suits your goals, audience, and industry?

In this blog post, we will share some tips and examples of conference themes that can inspire you. Whether you are looking for a theme that encourages employee engagement, a theme for business leaders’ meetings and business conferences, or pack leading conference theme, we have something for you.

Benefits of Having a Theme for Your Conference

A creative conference theme is key to a successful event. Themes help to attract potential attendees, encourage engagement and participation of guests, and build your event brand.

Benefits for event planners:

  • Well-designed conference themes can set apart your event. It helps to attract financial and logistical support from sponsors and partners.
  • Having a theme for your conference helps to create a consistent and relevant message across all your marketing channels. A clear message can increase your reach and visibility.
  • Themes help to set clear and realistic goals and objectives for your event. It can help you measure your success and improve your future events.
  • Event themes help to establish a unique identity and personality for your event, which can make it stand out from the crowd and create loyal fans.
  • A conference and meeting theme provides a clear direction and framework for organizing the event.
  • A well-chosen theme helps event planners in designing cohesive event branding and marketing materials.
  • Themes assist in selecting relevant topics, inviting expert speakers, and creating engaging sessions.
  • A compelling theme can generate buzz and increase event registrations .
  • Themes serve as a guide for creating innovative and creative event experiences .

Benefits for event attendees:

  • Conference themes help to provide a clear and relevant focus for the event, which can help potential participants decide to attend.
  • Event themes help to create a stimulating and engaging learning environment, which can help them acquire new knowledge and skills.
  • Conference themes help to facilitate networking and relationship building by attracting people with the same interests and sparking discussion and debates. By doing so, help them expand their professional and personal contacts.
  • Conference themes inspire action and change, allowing participants to apply what they learn to their situations.
  • A compelling theme sparks curiosity and attracts attendees from diverse backgrounds.
  • Themes provide a sense of purpose and direction, helping attendees understand the event’s focus.
  • Meeting themes ensure focused and valuable content, delivering practical insights and takeaways.

These are the benefits of having an excellent event theme. Event themes are as important as other elements of your event.

Tips on How to Develop Your Conference Theme Ideas

When choosing the best event themes for different events and audiences, it’s essential to consider various factors to ensure the theme resonates with attendees and aligns with the event’s objectives. Here are some tips to help you select the most suitable conference themes:

Understand your audience

Know their interests, needs, expectations, and preferences. Use event surveys , data, and research to get insights into your target audience.

Align with event objectives

Define the goals and purposes of your conference. Choose a theme that supports and communicates your event message and vision.

Stay relevant and timely

Select a theme that reflects the current and future state of your industry. Look for trendy topics, innovations, and challenges that interest your audience.

Be inclusive and diverse

Develop a theme that respects and celebrates the diversity of your audience. Avoid themes that are insensitive, offensive, or exclusive to any group or individual.

Be innovative and unique

Pick a theme that stands out from the crowd and showcases your creativity. Avoid themes that are generic, cliché, or outdated.

Seek input from stakeholders

Brainstorm concepts and taglines with your team, partners, speakers, and sponsors . Get feedback and suggestions from them to refine your theme.

Consider interdisciplinary connections

Prefer a theme that can connect with different disciplines, fields, or perspectives. Look for themes that can foster collaboration and learning across boundaries.

Be flexible and adaptable

Choose a theme that can accommodate changes and uncertainties. Consider logistics, budget, resources, and time when choosing your theme.

Test the theme

Test your conference theme idea with a sample of your potential attendees. Use surveys , focus groups, or social media polls to gauge their interest, excitement, and relevance of your theme.

Communicate the theme effectively

Incorporate your theme into the event design, speakers and sessions, marketing and branding, and storytelling.

Leadership Conference Themes

Leadership conferences are all about inspiring growth, excellence, and inspiring vision leadership. To create a transformative event, it’s essential to choose a theme that ignites inspiration, motivation, and vision. 

Empower attendees to develop their leadership skills, tackle challenges head-on, drive meaningful change, and have a vision for their organizations. 

Stand out from the crowd at your next leadership summit by crafting a theme that embodies the essence of effective and thought leadership in your industry. 

Examples of leadership conference themes for your next leadership summit

  • Unleashing the Power of Visionary Leadership: Vision Legendary Leadership Lessons to Shape the Future.
  • Leadership in Challenging Times: How to Overcome Adversity and Thrive.
  • Women in Leadership: Breaking Barriers and Empowering Change.
  • The Future of Leadership: Trends and Insights for Next Generation Leadership. 
  • Defying Gravity Leadership Conference: Leading the Way to New Heights.
  • Leading the Way Leadership: Leading the Path to Success

Corporate Event Themes

When choosing a theme for a corporate event, it is important to consider the purpose of the gathering or meeting and the desired outcomes.

An effective corporate event theme will not only engage attendees but will also promote networking and reinforce the corporate identity. It should reflect the company’s values, culture, and industry, while also creating a memorable and enjoyable experience for participants.

Corporate event themes that you can customize and apply to your next corporate meeting:

  • Innovate to Elevate: Embracing Change for Growth.
  • Future-Proofing Success: Navigating the Digital Era.
  • Future Showtime: Unveiling Opportunities for Corporate Success
  • Business Great Expectations: Unlocking Potential, Achieving Greatness
  • Corporate Meetings Redefined: Innovation Integration Towards Excellence
  • Corporate Meeting Planners: Crafting Unforgettable Experiences

Trending Conference Themes

When planning a conference, it’s crucial to select a theme that captures the current and future interests, challenges, and opportunities of your industry or niche. By embracing a trending conference theme, you can create an event that stands out, appeals to your target audience, and leaves a lasting impact.

Stay ahead of the curve, attract more attendees, and generate buzz by choosing a theme that reflects the pulse of your industry. 

Examples of trending conference themes

  • The Future of Work : Adapting to a Changing Landscape.
  • Health and Wellness in the Workplace: Strategies for Success.
  • Beyond Borders : Exploring Global Perspectives.
  • Breaking Barriers, Embracing Change: Evolving for Success
  • Excellence Building: Inspiring Innovation, Driving Results
  • Innovation Integration: Pioneering Solutions for Tomorrow

Tech Conference Themes

Tech conference themes are those that showcase the latest innovations, trends, and challenges in the field of technology. When organizing a tech conference, choosing a theme that captures the cutting-edge nature of your industry is crucial.

A well-crafted tech conference theme will attract tech enthusiasts, industry professionals, and thought leaders who are eager to dive into the advancements shaping our future. Select a theme that showcases the exciting possibilities and disruptive potential of technology.

Tech conference theme samples that you can enhance and apply

  • Digital Transformation : Navigating the New Frontier.
  • Advancing Technology: From Theory to Reality.
  • The Magic of Technology: How to Wow Your Customers.
  • Tech Innovation Unleashed: Embracing the Digital Frontier
  •  Progress Performance Driven: The Intersection of Tech and Success
  •  Redefine Business with Technology: Motivate Innovation Integration

Business Conference Themes

Business conference themes are focused on topics that are relevant and timely for the industry or niche of the conference. They aim to provide attendees with valuable insights, best practices, and trends that can help them grow their businesses, solve their problems, or achieve their goals. 

Some examples of business conference themes are:

  • Embracing Change: Focusing on industry innovations and becoming a leader in an evolving field.
  • Digital Transformation: Navigating the New Frontier of Technology and its Impact on Business.
  • Beyond Borders: Exploring global perspectives and opportunities for business expansion and collaboration.
  • Finance and Investment: Strategies for building wealth and managing risks in a volatile market.
  • Quality Connections Ready: Building Relationships, Driving Growth
  • Improving Customer Service Higher: Delivering Experiences That Count

Motivational Themes

Motivational themes are focused on topics that are uplifting and empowering for the attendees. They aim to inspire attendees to overcome challenges, pursue their passions, or unleash their potential. 

Some examples of motivational themes are:

  • Celebrate Resilience: Using motivational stories and techniques to highlight how individuals overcome challenges and hardships.
  • Reaching for the Stars: Encouraging attendees to dream big and pursue their goals with confidence and determination.
  • Resilience and Reinvention: Helping attendees to cope with change and adapt to new situations with creativity and flexibility.
  • Unleash Your Potential: Discovering and maximizing your strengths, talents, and passions.
  • Success Pump: Energizing Minds, Igniting Achievement
  • Mental Health Matters: Balancing Well-being, Driving Success

Fun Conference Themes

Who said conferences can’t be fun? Injecting an element of entertainment, humor, or surprise into your event can make it more engaging and memorable for attendees. 

Choosing a fun conference theme sets the tone for a lively gathering that breaks away from traditional norms. Whether it’s incorporating interactive games, creative activities, or themed decorations, a fun conference theme adds an extra layer of excitement that will make your event stand out.

Delight your attendees and create a vibrant atmosphere that fosters networking, learning, and laughter. 

Examples of fun leadership conference themes

  • Ignite the Spark : Fuel your passion, ignite your potential. 
  • Unleash the Maverick : Embrace your inner maverick and revolutionize your industry. 
  • The Ripple Effect : Small actions, big impact. 
  • Innovate or Evaporate: Embrace innovation or risk being left behind.
  • Performance Play: Unleashing Creativity, Cultivating Success
  • Workplace Culture Carnival: Celebrating Diversity, Fostering Unity

Remember to choose a conference theme that resonates with your target audience, aligns with your event’s objectives, and creates a sense of excitement and curiosity. A compelling and catchy theme can generate buzz, attract attendees, and set the tone for an engaging and memorable conference experience.

Elevate Your Next Conference With Exciting Themes and a Reliable Software 

Choosing the best conference themes for your next event can be a daunting task. But with some research, creativity, and feedback, you can find the one that suits your goals, audience, and industry. A great conference theme can help you to create a memorable experience for your attendees and to achieve your desired outcomes.

But a great conference theme is not enough. You also need reliable software to plan, manage, and execute your event. That’s where Event Smart comes in.

Event Smart is the ultimate online event management platform that helps you to create stunning event websites , sell tickets , manage multiple registrations , and more. Whether you are hosting a small or large conference, Event Smart can help you to make it a success.

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Select Traveler Conference Celebrates Travel’s Return

T he 2023 select traveler conference drew 258 upscale travel planners, industry members and vendors to branson, missouri, march 27–29, where both the host city and attendees confirmed the robust return of travel across the globe.   in a city almost unrivaled for tourism vitality, buyers and sellers alike spoke of 2023 as a record year in the making..

Branson is one of America’s greatest tourism success stories of the past 50 years and draws more than 10 million visitors annually to southwest Missouri. Home to more than 100 live musical, comedy and faith-based shows, Branson also features a thriving outdoor scene that draws fishermen, golfers, hiking enthusiasts and others to its Ozark Mountain foothills.

“Branson wowed our delegates for three days and showcased many venues and activities for Select Traveler groups to enjoy,” said conference partner Charlie Presley of the Group Travel Family. “Chateau on the Lake Resort was a superb host, and our four sightseeing options arranged by Explore Branson were entirely filled. What a beautiful afternoon we got for showcasing the area’s vast entertainment scene and heralded outdoors.”        

Delegates dined one evening at a local favorite, McFarlains, with live traditional music; enjoyed an offbeat performance by Buckets ‘n Boards Comedy Percussion Show; were treated to a personal audience with the Haygoods entertainment family following their show at Clay Cooper Theatre; and relaxed at the chateau overlooking Table Rock Lake.

Bud Geissler of GroupCollect delivered a keynote address on new technology for tour management, and two marketplace sessions offered travel destinations and tour operators appointments with tour planners who are traveling again throughout America and the world.

Major meal sponsors included Collette, which offered a program around its worldwide travel destinations and held a drawing for a trip to Northern Italy, won by Margie Zieber of Farmers State Bank in Cameron, Missouri. U.S. Tours hosted a breakfast to introduce new European itineraries and their well-established domestic programs for groups. 2024 Select Traveler Conference host Visit Buffalo/Niagara sponsored an interactive event at its breakfast hosted by step-on guide service Buffalo Double Decker Bus Tours.

“Excitement for going to Buffalo/Niagara next year is really high,” said Presley. “Our day of arrival is St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, and the city has a nationally known parade and celebration for that international Irish event. It should be an exciting Select Traveler Conference in that great city.”

Breakout session energizes buyers

“P lease continue showcasing independent travel companies and bus companies at this conference — don’t Walmart travel.” 

That was one of many comments turned in during this year’s buyer breakout session at the Select Traveler Conference held in Branson, Missouri.

Many travel planners who attend the conference are regular participants in this popular session, a longtime fixture on the first day of the three-day meeting. More than 40 planners made time to attend this year’s session, which was moderated by volunteers Lisa Passley of Southwest Missouri Bank in Joplin, Missouri, and Margie Zieber of Farmers State Bank in Cameron, Missouri.

“Once we get everyone settled in at tables, the conversations flow,” said conference partner Mac Lacy. “This is the only time all year that these influential planners can let their guards down and share ideas with one another in a noncompetitive environment. They will share their best ideas with one another and not think anything about it. It’s a pretty cool couple of hours.”

A couple of telling survey statistics jumped out from the session this year:

• 79% of travel planners said their program membership is growing again after the pandemic.

• 75% of planners are either very or extremely optimistic that new members will join their groups in the next three years.

“We email the summaries of the breakout session to all the attendees as a benefit of attending the conference, and the document serves as a credible gauge for travel activity in the year ahead,” said Lacy. “I think this session energizes a lot of planners and reassures them that they aren’t alone in navigating the challenges they face as global travel generators. Our thanks again to Lisa and Margie for moderating this year’s meeting.”

What delegates are saying

Branson hosts.

“The leisure group market is changing. It’s not just older travelers anymore. It’s students, performance groups, special interest groups and more. The future looks great for groups here in Branson. We devote a lot of dollars to this market, and the Select Traveler Conference fits our interest in quality over quantity.

“We’re emphasizing nature and health now. People of all ages want to be physically and mentally whole. It’s a mindset people have had since COVID. It plays well here, and once people come to Branson, they come back.”

— Samantha Gutting, Senior Vice President of Group Sales

Explore Branson

“Branson is back. Last year, we surpassed 10 million visitors. We are not your grandmother’s Branson anymore. We’ve beaten that. In addition to all our shows, we have the outdoors and Table Rock Lake. We have the boating life, fishing, championship golf courses, Big Cedar Lodge nearby and lots of first-class hotels to enjoy.

“Groups have always been some of our best ambassadors. When they go back home, they tell everyone about Branson. We want them to be completely satisfied while they’re here because they create word-of-mouth awareness that cannot be bought.”

— Anthony Stacy

Branson’s Imax Entertainment Complex, Branson Restaurants Inc.

Travel Buyers

“Prior to COVID, we were doing two major international trips each year. Our members became concerned about getting stuck somewhere overseas during COVID, but they are feeling better about traveling internationally now. We have a river cruise on the books for next year, and I expect to bring Europe back into the picture fully in 2024. We’re traveling again in the U.S. this year. Our trips here at home are great.”

—Joyce Lechtenberger, Vice President, Gold Club Director

First Security Bank, Mountain Home, Arkansas

“We’ll run three trips this year, including Mackinac Island this October. I think our program will continue to expand. People realize now that life is short, so they want to travel. Last year, I took 10 members on a river cruise on the Rhone River in France, and that sold me on river cruising. We’ll probably do the Danube next. I’m sure everyone who did the Rhone will come on that one, plus a lot more.”

— Cheryl Finley, GO Club Coordinator

West Plains Bank, West Plains, Missouri

“I started working with our bank group six years ago and became director in 2020. Our club has been around a long time; some say it’s 60 years old. Last year, we did two Alaska cruises with land tours. In 2016, we took 180 people on the Rhine and had the ship to ourselves. In 2024, we’re doing a Danube River cruise with Mayflower, and we’re hoping to do the same thing. We’re also doing Autumn in the Adirondacks, a Tennessee Christmas, and just got back last week from doing Florida’s National Parks.”

— Beth Hubbard, Vista Club Manager

First State Bank, Mendota, Illinois

Travel Companies & Destinations

“People know now that we are not guaranteed time. They are buying all the extensions we offer, and many are buying itineraries back-to-back. Some will do our Alaska 12-day trip and then add our nine-day Vancouver trip. The demand we’re seeing is remarkable. Our infrastructure throughout the world took a century to build and now it’s paying off. I come to the Select Traveler Conference because I like to see things for myself. I want my finger on the pulse, and your conferences allow me to do that.”

— Jim Edwards, Vice President, U.S. Affinity Development

“This is the first time I’ve attended the Select Traveler Conference in several years. We’re seeing the potential of this market for Savannah. My division targets groups of 10 rooms or more, so I also work closely with travel agents and home-based agents who can deliver groups of that size. Savannah markets to upscale groups like those represented here, and this is an introductory approach for me.”

— Anjuli King, Director, Domestic Group Tour and Entertainment Sales

Visit Savannah

“We’re expanding into international destinations, and it’s a great avenue for us with Select Traveler buyers. I’ve traveled internationally and can make suggestions about companies we use overseas, so I’m pretty involved in this expansion. We’re creating tours in western Europe, Israel, Egypt and Greece. We specialize in customization, so a group can work with us on what they want to include. As a longtime breakfast sponsor, we’re pretty invested here.”

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Table of Contents

  • "Game On": Outreach's Unleash '21
  • Netflix Theme: Gainsight's Pulse Everywhere 2021
  • Intergalactic Party
  • Traveling Chalk Art Exhibition
  • Dishwasher Water Park
  • A Corporate “Camping” Retreat
  •  Container Crazy
  • A Gatorade Speakeasy
  • Color Your Space
  • The House Party, Electrified
  • Rainey Street Recreated
  • Getting Buzz(ed)
  • Block Party
  • City of the Future
  • Iconic Influencers
  • Paint a Story
  • Satisfy Your Soul
  • Jump for Joy
  • Lights, Camera, Action!
  • En Blanc Party
  • A Christmas Carol Celebration
  • A Kids Party for Adults
  • Swimming in Ink
  • Mini-Golf Pop-Up
  • New Age Made Newer
  • U.S. National Parks Turned Conference
  • Abstract Koi Pond Party

Wrapping Up: How To Choose a Corporate Event Theme

27 unforgettable corporate event themes.

Bizzabo Blog Staff

Q: What do dishwashers, outer space, and giant fish have in common? A: They can provide attendees with a one-of-a-kind experience. Learn more in this guide to corporate event themes and concepts.

Anyone can hold an event — but making it memorable is something else altogether. With in-person events returning  and the rise of hybrid events , it’s time to step up the game. Although there’s a lot that goes into creating an unforgettable event experience, having a unique event theme and the resourcefulness to pull it off can help.

We’ve already covered creative corporate event ideas to diversify your event marketing strategy. In this article, you’ll find tried-and-true themes, enterprise-level events, and never-thought-of-before corporate events. Whether your next event is a quiet gathering or a huge reveal powered by virtual event software , you’re sure to find some theme ideas for your next event on this list.

Hold on to your seats, corporate event planners, for 27 crazily creative themes.

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1. “Game On”: Outreach’s Unleash ’21

Unleash Game On Example - Corporate Event Themes

It’s a new era for sales and Outreach was ready to leave the exhaustion of 2020 behind when they organized Unleash ’21. To show the excitement for what the future has in store, the sales engagement platform chose to incorporate a “Game On” theme. The company highlighted how transformative 2020 was for sales and what it did to create new “game-changing” technology. Though the pandemic’s challenges aren’t over yet, the company is set on inspiring others to rise to the challenges with a competitive and energetic attitude.  

2. Netflix Theme: Gainsight’s Pulse Everywhere 2021

Gainsight Pulse Everywhere Netflix Example Corporate Event Themese

Source: Gainsight

Conferences are all about great content, so what better theme is there than a Netflix-inspired library of sessions? Gainsight delivered “binge-worthy” content available everywhere at any time. Content played on the titles of popular series available on Netflix like, “ Nick’s Creek ” instead of Schitt’s Cree k and “ Success Things ” instead of Stranger Things . Using Netflix language and references throughout the agenda and conference made this Customer Success and Product even more fun to watch.

3. Intergalactic Party

Intergalactic Hotel Event Theme

Photo source: WM Events

A corporate hotel management company threw an intergalactic party for guests in a glass-ceilinged atrium to set the mood. Guests were greeted by LED space dancers and could hit the LED dance floor alongside even more dancers in mirrored suits. String drapery provided a gauzy, other-worldly backdrop.

4. Traveling Chalk Art Exhibition

Cadillac 3D Chalk Art Event

Photo source:  Grandesign

The organizers at Grandesign created a traveling chalk-art exhibition that featured drawings of exotic roads from Patagonia to China as part of Cadillac’s Cadillac ATS vs. The World event. The impressive street art created by local artists was then influenced by augmented reality technology on wireless devices that showcased the Cadillac ATS model navigating the 3D chalk roads, much to viewers’ amazement.

5. Dishwasher Water Park

LG Quadwash Water Park Event

Photo source: Double A

Double A brought LG’s Quadwash dishwasher to life with a dishwasher-themed inflatable water park. Locals could enjoy popsicles, cabanas, and windy “dry cycle” photo GIF booths. For added buzz, social media influencers dressed up as favorite foods and raced against each other through the water park’s “cycles.”  In case you’re wondering, the hamburger, aka YouTube personality J.D. Witherspoon, won.

6. A Corporate “Camping” Retreat

Corporate Camping Retreat

Photo source: Red Carpet Events and Design

Red Carpet Events and Design went all out for a camping-themed corporate retreat at the Resort at Squaw Creek. Custom-constructed a-frame tents, beer pong, jumbo chess, a s’mores bar, and a campfire helped set the scene while wandering guitarists and astronomers entertained guests.

7.  Container Crazy

The Container Store Stocked Cabinets

The Container Store tapped Puff ‘n Stuff Catering to incorporate hors d’oeuvre spreads into their 60th store opening for some especially clever synergy at its grand reveal. Guests could go up and down the aisle and discover macaron-filled drawers, crudité-filled jars, and churro-filled office supplies. Besides being charming, the deliciously, fun-filled displays demonstrated just how versatile The Container Store’s products were.

8. A Gatorade Speakeasy

Gatorade SXSW Speakeasy

Photo source: Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop

This Gatorade pop-up store at Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop during South by Southwest (SXSW) had event-goers searching for various Gatorade products in an augmented reality game. Once completed, what initially looked like a convenience store refrigerator, opened to reveal a neon-lit speakeasy that showcased Gatorade’s virtual reality technology and how it helps athletes.

9. Color Your Space

Covestro Color Your Space Inventive Corporate Event

Photo source: Beaworld

German polymer company Covestro gathered its global community in an all-white space for its annual Innovation Celebration. Then, attendees were encouraged to make their mark on the space with color, which doubled as a nod to Convestro’s colorful logo. As a plus, attendee networking was made more fun with sticker books.

10. The House Party, Electrified

Absolut House Party Event

Photo source: MKG

In honor of Absolut’s limited edition Absolut Electrik bottle, MKG threw a house party… and cranked it up 10 notches. The event replicated a typical house party with a living room and garage space set-up and made it outside-the-box with a robot band, drone barbacks, and a 40’ tesla coil in the shape of the iconic Absolut bottle. The event organizers even implemented individual biometric bracelets that indicated the party’s energy levels to event-goers, with prizes unveiled as energy levels soared. Most importantly, with over 650 attendees, 100M earned media impressions, and 1.5M social media impressions — this event theme was a raging success ( source ).

11. Rainey Street Recreated

MillerCoors Rainey Street Corporate Event

Photo source: AgencyEA

For the annual MillerCoors’ Distributors Conference, which showcases 22 of MillerCoors’ top brands from Sol to Blue Moon, AgencyEA’s event strategy was to bring Austin’s infamous Rainey Street indoors. The organizers re-created the feel of the popular strip known for its craftsman-homes-turned-bars inside a convention center, right down to the multiple beer gardens. By aligning an engaging and location-relevant corporate theme with their customer’s brand, AgencyEA created a successful event that will be replicated in 2019.

12. Getting Buzz(ed)

SodaStream Mock Protest Event

Photo source: Eventive Marketing

Known for the buzzing sound its machines make when in action, SodaStream capitalized on that theme for a marketing event series that ran the gamut. From country-wide tours that showcased the cost-effectiveness of the product to mock protests complete with “Free the Bubbles” signs, while participants in Spring Break-friendly locales were gifted “get Buzzed” shirts — Eventive Marketing successfully implemented a multi-event strategy around this theme, generating impactful buzz on social media.

13. Block Party

AOL Open Block Party Event

Photo source: First Global Events Agency

Rather than the traditional presentation to showcase AOL’s open-platform model to influencers and consumers, First Global Events Agency opted for an open-platform event. The goal was to best reflect the product their customer was promoting. In this block party-themed reveal, the event organizers made use of drone-led obstacle courses, celebrity meet-and-greets, and concerts featuring Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, and Demi Lovato.

14. City of the Future

AT&T Back to the Future Event Theme

Photo source: Impact XM

Impact XM took AT&T attendees back to the future for their Leadership Summit customer conference. A pavilion space played host to a 120’ LED Video wall, touch, and transparent OLED screens, and a lit-up model city of the future. The chosen blue and silver color scheme was the final touch in creating a futuristic ambiance that truly transported AT&T’s event-goers.

15. Iconic Influencers

Instagram IGTV Influencer Rooms Event

Photo source: NVE Experience Agency

For the 2018 launch of Instagram’s IGTV, NVE Experience agency turned an empty San Francisco venue into eight separate “rooms” that represented eight iconic Instagram influencers. These influencers then used the new IGTV product to share the first video content from their designated spaces. NVE honed in on the attendee experience by creating a multi-space venue that doubled as shareable content for guests, thus helping the event reach over 1 billion viewers and guaranteeing more than 300 influencer attendees.

16. Paint a Story

Sherwin-Williams Story Book Themed Event

Photo source: LEO Events

To celebrate 150 years of business, Sherwin-Williams wanted to present the history of their paint company—without boring attendees. To do that, LEO Events created a two-story digital “open book” as a stage backdrop. An actor playing co-founder, Henry Sherwin, then stepped out of the book and onto the stage to describe the beginnings of the company. The celebration also included a clock of oversized paint chips, a commissioned custom song called “We’ve Got a Story To Tell,” and virtual painters “painting” the Sherwin-Williams logo on-screen—all that served to engage the audience throughout the night.

17. Satisfy Your Soul

House of Marley Tour Event

Photo source: On Board Experiential Marketing

To promote House of Marley headphones, On Board Experiential Marketing repurposed and customized the infamous, vintage Volkswagen vans on a “Satisfy Your Soul” Tour that targeted potential retailers and lifestyle events. Participants could partake in the experience by hanging out at the House of Marley mobile listening stations, developing their own Marley track, or supporting the One Love campaign developed to fund Little Kids Rock, an organization that helps underserved children receive music education. This smaller-scale event created a quality experience that reflected the relaxed vibe of the House of Marley brand while exhibiting the product and allowing participants to experience it at their convenience.

18. Jump for Joy

Citibank Back to Childhood Event

Photo source: Soho Experiential

Citibank invited New Yorkers to take a break from their busy schedules to re-experience a pure shot of childhood joy—by jumping into a ball pit in Times Square. Awards were doled out by ATM look-alikes called JOYTMs, which dispensed joy in the form of concert tickets, airline miles, and gift cards. This Soho Experiential event helped create a positive event brand experience with existing Citibank customers and potential customers alike.

19. Lights, Camera, Action!

Delta Hollywood Themed Event

Photo source: AOO Events

Although you’ve certainly heard of a Hollywood-themed event, Delta Airlines took it to the next level for its event with top marketing executives. Different areas of the Paramount Studios’ backlot were decked out according to the decade of notable movies and TV shows. They created a 50s Grease / Laverne and Shirley area with muscle cars and hamburgers; the 60s Austin Powers space had its very own Austin Powers and Dr. Evil, while the area was dedicated to The Godfather and the 70s was accompanied by gangsters and pizzas.

20. En Blanc Party

Dinner En Blanc Event Theme

Photo source: IMPRINT

Diner en Blanc , which translates to “Dinner in White,” is a pop-up dinner event that was first made popular in Paris during the late 80s. The now-global trend served as inspiration for a conference welcome reception. Here, white linens and lanterns set the scene alongside living statues. Guests, naturally, were encouraged to wear white.

Pro tip: for those on a budget, this event is a cost-effective theme that makes use of the traditionally white tablecloths and chairs supplied by venues.

21. A Christmas Carol Celebration

A Christmas Carol Holiday by Bright Ideas

Photo source: Bright Idea Events

It’s generally more inclusive to go with a general holiday theme for a company Christmas party, but Bright Ideas elevated the holiday theme for a corporate client by creating an event around the holiday classic, A Christmas Carol . To do this, the event organizers built a European village inside a 20,000-square-foot venue with different areas thematically corresponding to the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future.

22. A Kids Party for Adults

Everis Global Grown Up Kids Corporate Event

Photo source:  Cow Events

Adults released their inner child at the 20th anniversary of consulting group Everis Global, where traditional kids’ activities were reinvented for adults. The party had walls of balloons, soap bubble rain, lasers, acrobat, and, of course, clowns.

23. Swimming in Ink

Epson Ink Synchronized Swimming Event

Photo by iDEKO Production

To promote Epson’s new EcoTank printers that come loaded with two years’ worth of ink, the iDEKO Production team developed the “Swimming in Ink” concept. The U.S. National Synchronized Swim Team performed in a 17,000-gallon tank in Times Square that was colored in the traditional ink colors of cyan, magenta, and yellow. As an attendee swag, guests could print photos of the event from EcoTank printers, which served to incorporate the new product as part of the overall experience.

24. Mini-Golf Pop-Up

Groupon PGA Mini-Golf

Photo source: NYFF Events

Groupon customers got to play a whimsical round of mini golf at a pop-up in New York City. PGA pros, like Graeme McDowell, were there to chat with attendees, play a round of golf, and attendees even got a chance to attend an exclusive PGA dinner later that evening. This theme was particularly effective as the proceeds benefited a PGA charity.

25. New Age Made Newer

Cisco New Age Product Release Event

Photo source: The XD Agency

Cisco’s reveal of their Network Intuitive initiative wasn’t ’70s-style New Age — it was 21st century New Age with glowing spheres, laser beam choreography, and glowing medallions worn by attendees. It all took place in a 12,000-person in-the-round theater. Talk about a wow factor!

26. U.S. National Parks Turned Conference

Dreamforce Trailblazer Nature Themed Event

27. Abstract Koi Pond Party

Koi Fish Abstract Event Theme

Photo source: Ultimate Ventures

You’ve probably never been to a koi pond-themed party, much less an abstract koi pond-themed party. This awards event for a luxury hotel chain skipped the on-the-nose theme and opted for atmosphere instead. With subtle Asian accents, flashes of color, and, naturally, koi fish imagery on ghost chairs the planners behind Ultimate Ventures created a simple event theme that allowed guests to focus on the real focus of the night—the hotel itself.

This list of corporate event themes is memorable, but it only begins to tap the surface of the possibilities you could employ for your next event. Begin to find the perfect theme by combining a few of the ideas executed above, making sure that your event theme aligns with your overarching event strategy. Consider the following takeaways:

  • What is the purpose of this event?  Celebrating a new product release? An internal holiday celebration? Increasing public brand awareness? Understand your motive for hosting your next corporate event and let that guide the theme and space that will be the best fit for you.
  • Don’t restrict your event. Many of the most memorable events are centered around an experience—whether that means attendees get to try new headphones in a customized tour bus or participate in an interactive augmented reality maze. Make sure the theme you choose positively contributes you want to create.

As event planners, you also know that the theme is only the beginning. Consider upgrading your next event by employing an event management software that has the right features to help propel the success of your event—from branded event email invitations to execution to measuring the success of your event.

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Travel Conferences 2024 (For Travelers, Content Creators, and Digital Nomads)

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With so many travel conferences happening year round, how do you find the best one for you? It all depends on your personal goals and needs for visiting travel conferences. Are you looking to

  • transition into the travel industry?
  • become a content creator/blogger?
  • adapt a digital nomad lifestyle, but also have a community?
  • just travel around the world, but want and need more info?

Depending on who you are or who you’d like to be, there is a conference for you. All of these travel conferences mention who they would be best for. They are in order of when they’ll be happening in 2024. A few of them do have multiple dates and locations, but are placed in order of which will happen first. The locations for some vary year to year while others are in the same place every year.

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Travel and Adventure Shows

The Travel and Adventure Shows are the place to discover new travel options, learn the travel tips and advice, and connect directly with destinations and travel experts. These travel conferences are frequented by travelers, journalists, destinations, and more and are great to visit!

Multiple dates and locations: Chicago (Jan 13-14), Denver (Jan 20-21), New York (Jan 27-28), Los Angeles (Feb 3-4), Phoenix (Feb 17-18), Washington DC (Feb 24-25), Atlanta (Mar 9-10), SF/Bay (Mar 16-17), and Dallas (Mar 23-24). Purchase your tickets here !

The International Tourism Trade Fair (Feria internacional de turismo) focuses on the inbound and outbound markets in Latin America. If you’re interested in promoting tourism in this region then this is the conference you need to check out! You’ll meet with representatives from every country as well as set up meetings with them. This year is its 44th year.

Be prepared to walk a lot so wear comfortable shoes. It’s a multiple day event so don’t try and see everything in one day. There are also evening events where you can connect more with other attendees and country representatives.

It’s held yearly in January in Madrid, Spain. 2024 Dates are January 24-28. Purchase your tickets here .

Traverse Events

Traverse Events prides itself as the anti-conference. There are no hidden fees, dull, generic hotels, or unapproachable speakers. Traverse doesn’t do typical. They provide an exceptional experience that’s more of a festival than a regular conference. 

Traverse Events Travel Conferences

This is the right place for content creators and influencers as well as aspiring ones. You’ll have the opportunity to learn from people who have been in the industry for a while as well as mingle with them.

In addition to the conference, there are midweek experiences and post event trips. The midweek experiences are done with the host destination. This way travelers and creators get a better sense of the city/country and get to have unique experiences included in the conference ticket. Post event trips, or FAM trips, are also hosted by the destination. For these, creators/influencers are chosen by the DMO to participate. 

2024 Location is Tbilisi, Georgia. Dates are January 30 to February 4th. Purchase your tickets here .

Women’s Travel Fest 

The Women’s Travel Fest is a conference created by and for women travelers primarily but it is open to everybody. Its first and main location is New York City and 2024 will be its 11th year. It was created by Kelly Lewis, but bought by Alex Jimenez of Travel Fashion Girl in 2023. 

Women's Travel Fest

This conference is great for travelers and creators. The sessions offered are a variety to engage both of these audiences. There is an opening party on Friday as well as one on Saturday. Many attendees/speakers hold meetups throughout the weekend that may be open to most or all other attendees. 

2024 Location is Playa del Carmen, Mexico. Dates are February 16-19. Use code “ LATINATRAVELER ” for $25 off! Purchase your tickets here .

Women in Travel Summit 

The Women in Travel Summit (WITS) is the premier event for travel influencers and creators along with the brands that want to work with them. It was created by women for all. It’s hosted by Wanderful whose owner is Beth Santos. The 2024 conference will be its 11th in-person event.

Women in Travel Summit WITS Travel Conferences

This conference is perfect for creative entrepreneurs, influencers, DMOs, and travel industry experts. There are experiences hosted by the destination prior to the conference that you register for once you have your ticket. FAM trips are available post-event for those that are chosen to participate. 

2024 Location is Salt Lake City and Park City, Utah. Dates are April 12-14. Purchase your tickets here . Use this link or code “ FLAVIA80 ” for $80 off!

Back after a hiatus in 2024, TravelCon is the place to be to network with creators, travelers, and businesses in the travel industry. Learn how to transition from a traveler to a creator and how to expand your reach using SEO, ads, email marketing, and more.

Scale by diversifying your income streams, growing your team, and maintaining balance by avoiding burnout. You’ll learn the best ways to accomplish all of this in the best way for you.

2024 Location is Portland, Oregon from May 15-17. Purchase your tickets here .

Latino Travel Fest

The Latino Travel Fest is the first ever conference created by and for Latines in the travel industry. The 2024 conference will be the 4th ever event, but the second in-person one. The owner of the fest is Vanessa Fondeur, also owner of Latino World Travelers, a community for Latine travelers.

Latino Travel Fest Conferences

This is the right place for Latine travelers, creators, and brands looking to work with this demographic. It’s also the perfect place for allies of the Latine community. Sessions cover a range of topics that are particularly of interest to this community. 

2024 Location is Elizabeth, NJ from May 31-June 2. Use code ‘ FlaviaC ” for 15% off . Purchase your tickets here !

TBEX (North America, Europe, Africa)

TBEX has been around since 2009 and since then has grown tremendously. Their focus is to build lasting business connections and life long relationships. These travel conferences focus on networking and learning the latest trends, strategies, and tactics from each other and the world’s leading experts.

This event is perfect for creators, DMOs, and brands that are re-imagining and redefining the travel industry. There are 4 different conferences a year in different regions including North America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. The location in each region changes yearly. 

2024 Locations and dates:

Europe – San Sebastian, Spain on May 28-31.

North America – San Juan, Puerto Rico on July 9-12.

Africa – KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa. Dates not announced as of yet.

For more information and to purchase tickets, head here .

Bansko Nomad Fest

The Bansko Nomad Fest has been happening for the last 6 years in the small village of Bansko, Bulgaria. It has emerged as a prominent digital nomad hub in Europe. Coworking Bansko serves as the community’s epicenter. There are approximately 125 nomadic members around usually, but during the conference many more fly in from around the globe. This nomad fest is all about nature, activities, learning, and connections.

This conference is perfect for digital nomads, bloggers, influencers, journalists, as well as aspiring ones. You’ll be surrounded by like minded people designed to maximize engagement and interaction among attendees. In addition to workshops and presentations, there are also a variety of activities like yoga, hiking, quad biking, rafting, wine tours, and so much more. Since the event emphasizes the nomad lifestyle and remote work, you can anticipate a balance between the two and stimulating experiences tailored to your individual journey.

2024 Location is Bansko, Bulgaria Dates are on June 23-30. Purchase your tickets here .

VidCon 

VidCon is all about video as the name states. Its main location is Anaheim but in 2023 they went really international to places such as Abu Dhabi, Mexico, São Paulo, and also the east coast in Baltimore. It’s not certain yet if VidCon will be in any of those locations in 2024.

This is great for video content creators or aspiring ones as well as fans of certain creators. Many gather for this event and it’s a great way to meet your favorites as well as gain lots of insider video tips. 

2024 Location is Anaheim at the Anaheim Convention Center. Dates are June 26 – 29. Stay tuned for when tickets become available for purchase.

KeyFrame is a four day interactive and creative video conference. It was created to boost the knowledge and skills of attendees in filming, editing, and producing engaging video content. This conference offers the perfect creative, practical and business program to help you up your video game.

KeyFrame conference

This is perfect for video content creators or aspiring ones. There are experiences offered prior to the event that you can sign up for once you have your ticket. 

2024 Location and dates have not been announced yet. Stay tuned for when tickets go live!

The Nomad World Fest

The Nomad World Fest is a transformative experience for digital nomads and remote workers from across the globe. It’s a mix of expert talks and hands-on workshops aimed at celebrating freedom, connection, and personal growth. Speakers are experts in areas like remote work, web3, co-living, co-working, AL, and the future of work.

This event is perfect for remote workers and digital nomads as well as aspiring ones. You’ll get to meet and connect with others who have been living this lifestyle for years as well as others who are looking to get started. 

2024 Location is Albufeira, Portugal. Dates are October 7 – 13. Purchase your tickets here .  

Black Travel Summit

The Black Travel Summit was founded in 2019 and is committed to fostering an empowering and inclusive environment for the Black travel community. They provide innovative and engaging events, inspired and rooted in the vibrant fabric of Black travel culture. You can expect thought-provoking discussions, to connect with industry leaders, gain valuable skills, and contribute to shape a more equitable and representative future. 

This summit is perfect for Black travelers, business, career and entrepreneurial professionals, and creators. It provides them a platform to connect with brands, share with peers, and grow in perpetuity.

2024 Location is Miami, Florida. Date is October 16. Pre-register your tickets here .

Nomadness Fest

Nomadness Fest is a weekend for travelers of color and our allies! They bring stories, leaders, resources, and community together in one place. 

The mission is to bring the travel industry’s most honest and communal conversations on what it is like to navigate the world as a person of color. Each year has an intentional theme and varies. 

The Festival Tracks for 2024 focus on Media + Tech, Leisure Travel, and Community Impact. The focus will be on the why and how BIPOC travelers are changing the face of travel.

2024 Location is Charlotte, South Carolina. Dates are September 12 – 15. Stay tuned to this page for when it goes live!

World Trade Market (WTM) London is based in London every November and it’s a trade show with exhibitors from all over the world. Talk with someone from almost anywhere in the world and learn about the destinations in more detail.

WTM London

This event is great for travelers as well as creators and bloggers. For travelers, you’ll get to learn even more about a destination and get recommendations directly from the ones who know it best. For content creators and bloggers, this is your chance to get on the DMOs radar. Pitch yourself if you have an idea or grab a business card and reach out shortly after to stay in contact and get added to their PR list.

Tickets are free up until about a week before the date of the conference. If you book within that last week it will cost £45. If you are a Content creator, blogger, journalist, photographer, editor, and more, you can claim a comped Media Ticket. 

2024 Location is London at the ExCel Center. Dates are not yet announced. Stay tuned for when you can claim your ticket!

TravelMore Conference

A great way to travel more is by using points/miles and travel hacking. Ashley Peterson of Ashley Gets Around saw that many of these types of conferences mainly had male speakers. She decided to change it by having mainly female speakers at hers!

From beginner tips to advanced strategies, their sessions cover a wide range of topics including booking free award flights, hotel points redemptions, and getting theme park tickets for free. They also teach you how to build a points earning strategy so you can earn more points on your everyday spend, even without using credit cards! Join for a weekend of learning, networking, and fun.

2024 Location is Dallas, Texas. Dates are November 8-10. More info and get tickets here .

Travel Conferences I’ll be Attending in 2024

Now that you know what’s going in 2024, do you know which travel conferences you will go to? The ones included on this list are a majority that I have gone to at least once before or planning to go to this coming year. It’s hard to go to every single one every year as they can get a bit pricey with the flights and accommodations in various parts of the world .

In 2024, I’ll be attending Women’s Travel Fest (code ‘ LATINATRAVELER ‘ for $25 off) and Latino Travel Fest as of right now. I have my eye on Bansko Nomad Fest and the Nomad World Fest. It’s too far in advance to know about where I’ll be around that time for either. For the Nomad World Fest, it’ll come down to where they end up having it. 

Will I see you at any of these travel conferences? I hope so! Send me a DM on Instagram to let me know which ones you’ll go to!

Make sure you’re following me on  Instagram ,  TikTok , and  YouTube  for more up to date content on where I’m at and where I’m going next. If you haven’t already,  join my email list  so you know about my adventures, general travel updates, and more before anyone else!

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The Top Travel Writing and Blogging Conferences

Travel Writing Conferences

It is important for aspiring and professional travel writers, bloggers, YouTubers, and content creators to attend travel writing conferences. Conferences help like-minded peers network, gain inspiration, stay updated on industry news, learn new skills and sharpen old ones, and meet leaders in the field.

Attending a travel writing conference is one of the best investments you can make for your professional development.

While a few of the leading travel writing and blogging associations in North America organize major conferences and therefore require memberships to attend, there are some notable independent conferences that are open for all to attend.

Who should attend these conferences? Any creative “content creator” like travel writers, travel journalists, travel photographers, travel podcasters, travel bloggers, travel influencers, travel YouTubers, and other traveling creatives.

Below are a few of the top travel writing and blogging conferences.

Book Passage Travel Writers and Photographers Conference

For the past 28 years, award-winning travel writers have descended upon the San Francisco Bay Area to attend the Book Passage Travel Writers and Photographers Conference , where they teach workshops and hold roundtable conversations about the craft and business of travel writing. Don George, the conference’s co-founder, presides over the value-packed conference.

TravelCon is back after a brief hiatus. During the 2022 keynote address, TravelCon founder “Nomadic Matt” lamented that 2022 would be the conference’s final year. In late 2023, FinCon (a leading financial content creators’ community and conference) acquired TravelCon from Nomadic Matt. The conference is marketed to the “content creator” segment (“travel influencers, bloggers, YouTubers, podcasters, authors, and creators” per the website) who want to level-up their game.

Travel Bloggers Exchange (TBEX) Conference

The second youngest of the conferences listed here yet billed as “the largest conference and networking event for travel bloggers, online travel journalists, new media content creators, travel brands and industry professionals,” the Travel Blogger Exchange holds yearly conventions in North America and in Europe. Breakout sessions cover topics like content creation, business matters, and social media.  

North American Travel Journalist Association (NATJA) Conference

For the past 18 years, the North American Travel Journalist Association Conference has provided professional development workshops and opportunities for attendees, focusing on developing new content and up-to-date tricks for social media marketing. Founded in 1991, NATJA is among the top professional travel writing organizations in North America.

Society of American Travel Writing (SATW) Convention

The Society for American Travel Writers’ Annual Convention packs the house full of informative breakout sessions about the craft and business of travel writing. One of the oldest and largest associations in North America, SATW has been kicking since 1955 with its 1,000 plus members. 

Travel & Words

Travel & Words is a regional travel and lifestyle writers’ conference held in the Northwest United States every year. It is on the smaller side, but it offers media trips for select participants like the other conferences above. If you live in the Northeast, don’t look this one over.

Should we add other travel writing conferences to this list? Get in touch with us!

Last Updated on 20 January 2024 by Travel Writing World

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Cool and Quirky Ideas for Conference Themes You’ll Want to Steal

Searching for some creative conference theme ideas for your team meeting or business conference? Read this article that helps you with some conference themes.

Conference Theme Ideas

Conferences and conventions are a great time to get together. Not only they are an opportunity to discuss various important issues relating to your work, they are also indirectly a platform for employee interaction and rejuvenation. While serious conferences can make any event monotonous, some fun-filled and light humor conference theme ideas can make a world of difference in making the event memorable and more effective. So instead of just inviting co-workers and employees and completing formalities of a conference, why not unleash the creativity within and make your event a testimony to team spirit, grandeur and elegance. To know more about brilliant ideas for theme conferences, read on.

Business Conference Theme Ideas

Smiling business people showing a recycle sign

Elegance lies in simplicity. And since “green living” is now a necessary mantra for living, why not make it your conference theme? While you do your bit for the environment and create awareness about being eco-friendly, you will have an interesting theme. There is no dearth of ideas for organizing an event based on ecology themes. Simple aspects of living like opting for natural and green food, local and environmental friendly gifts, and natural decorations can make your event classic. The menu can include organic and green foods. Plan out your conference at a park and include green games. Reflect the green theme in every aspect of your conference. For instance, as parting gifts, you can give small plants to every attendee of the program.

Businessman Dressed As Hockey Player

Plan out one day from your working schedule and arrange for a sports meet! Book a local ground and organize game activities within your company. Give an interesting theme like “Champs Day Out” for the day. The logo can be written on the front side of the T-shirt with the company’s logo on the back side of the T-shirt.

Divide employees into various teams and play team building games. An all day activity that includes various sports activities can be concluded with a conference in the evening and a small party with the head of the team/CEO addressing the employees and awarding the winners of various activities for the sport’s day. Since sports is an integral part of life, this idea will surely be welcomed by employees.

Good versus Evil

For conferences and corporate events, there are a wide range of activities to choose from like award banquets, a gala casino night, a seminar or conference that requires registration tables for participants and various other events. You may include the public in the event or may restrict it to your employees. The themes can be taken from history and every aspect of the show can be focus on the theme idea. Gold Rush California, Hemingway’s Spain or Africa can be various themes. Be creative and at the same time, ensure that you are able to create an elegant atmosphere.

Actor Dressed as a Native American Chief

Some of the most genuine people on this planet are those who live in proximity with nature. The tribal people living in different parts of the world are perfect examples of communities thriving on a sustainable lifestyle since ages.

As corporates and business houses, the need today is to go beyond the 4 P’s of marketing and add another one to it, our Planet! It is essential to act and work for environment because the planet is already facing several climatic change issues. Ask the members to wear accessories related to tribal clothing.

Even if they’re unable to wear leaves around their body, they must try to resemble like people from rural villages or tribe. Ask your colleagues to act, think and discuss sustainability keeping in mind the issues that local people like tribal communities face in the wake of development projects in their forests.

Heros of Business

Perhaps this is the easiest and yet the most hilarious conference theme idea. Just imitate your favorite super heroes not only by wearing appropriate super hero clothes, but also following their sharp insights and strategic planning in crisis. Certainly, this theme can be funny for everyone yet passing on strong and positive messages regarding employ engagement and risk management.

When it comes to theme ideas, your imagination is possibly the last limit. While there is no dearth of ideas, you have to ensure that whatever theme you choose, it must reflect your firm’s values and mission statement. Public conferences generally require a lot of preparation from your side as they attract large number of audiences. Allocating a certain budget for your theme ideas and then working on it, with planning and professionalism, is surely a great way to make the event a grand success.

Keeping the guests, attendees and employees comfortable is surely challenging but with creative ideas, it’s always possible. Corporate event planners and other professionals can also be hired by your firm to make the conferences and social events an unforgettable experience, both for the customers and the employees.

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    The menu can include organic and green foods. Plan out your conference at a park and include green games. Reflect the green theme in every aspect of your conference. For instance, as parting gifts, you can give small plants to every attendee of the program. Plan out one day from your working schedule and arrange for a sports meet!

  24. Press Conference: Policy Rate Announcement

    Interest Rate Announcement - Press conference by Governor Tiff Macklem and Senior Deputy Governor Carolyn Rogers (10:30 (ET) approx.).