Hospitality business owners: 18 Can’t-miss Industry events just for you!

by Jennifer Shambroom, 8 minutes read
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With the rise of brands like Airbnb & the continued growth of the sharing economy, business owners in the hospitality sector must be proactive in keeping up with trends.

Regularly attending events specifically for business owners in your sector is a great way of sharing ideas and networking.

But with so many events to choose from, which are best worth your time (and money)? To save you the research, we’ve put together the 18 hospitality industry events that are sure to improve the efficiency of your organization.

Aside from attending industry events, adopting Deputy into your operations is another way of improving your business. It’s the Workforce Management platform built to free you from administrative tasks like scheduling and time-tracking so you can focus on your bottom line. To learn more, click on the link below to get started.


1. International Hotel Technology Forum 2019 – Zagreb, Croatia. May 14-16, 2019

For 3 days, attendees can expect to hear over 50 presenters dive into some of the most pressing topics surrounding the industry and the hottest emerging technologies.

Aside from the presenters, the forum also provides workshops, debates, round tables, interviews, and case studies. As well as offering the opportunity to take part in a series of pre-scheduled meetings where hoteliers are matched with providers who offer solutions. Click here to learn more and to register for tickets.

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“Deputy certainly has saved us time, from a manager’s point of view, in putting together schedules and signing off timesheets. Probably a couple of hours a week in each department. We have six managers who are responsible for that so, obviously, that adds up.“

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2. Hospitality Design Expo – Las Vegas, Nevada. May 15-17, 2019

Without good design, how will your business stand out from the sea of competitors?

That’s why the Hospitality Design Expo is here to bring together leaders within the design community for three days of thought-provoking discussion as well as priceless networking opportunities. Click here to learn more and to register for tickets.

3. International Conference on Marketing, Tourism, and Hospitality – Las Vegas, Nevada. May 24-26, 2019

With over 5000 participants and discussions on topics like advertising, buyer behavior, and brand management, the International Conference on Marketing, Tourism, and Hospitality has proven to be a goldmine for hospitality business leaders in the United States. Click here to learn more and to register for tickets.

4. BITAC Casino Resorts – Scottsdale, Arizona. June 2-4, 2019

This 2-day event attracts C-Level executives for networking, private meetings, as well as a number of educational opportunities for those working in casinos all across the country.

Attendees can come to expect discussions revolving around the use of different products and services to strengthen their casino environment using different marketing strategies, emerging technology, products, security gaming tables, and much more. Click here to learn more and to register for tickets.

5. HOTEC Operations – Palm Beach, Florida. June 2-4, 2019

Searching for an event that specifically tackles the issues revolving around operations within the hospitality sector?

Look no further than the HOTEC Operations event that offers value-packed advice from experts and decision makers from sectors like hotels, cruise lines, management companies as well as purchasing firms so you have the opportunity to gather ideas and new strategies to optimize the operations of your organization. Click here to learn more and to register for tickets.

6. The Boutique Hotel Investment Conference – New York City, America. June 5, 2019

Initially founded as the only investment conference for boutique hotels back in 2013, the event has grown to include speakers and to provide insight for industries adjacent to hotels as well.

With famed industry experts like Ian Schrager appearing as speakers in the past, attendees can look forward to garnering knowledge that’ll strengthen their investment knowledge. Click here to learn more and to register for tickets.

7. HITEC Minneapolis – Minneapolis, Minnesota. June 17-20, 2019

As the world’s largest conference in regards to technology-focused hospitality, this event is a can’t miss.

Harnessing the power of current day technology is the key for hoteliers to get an edge on their competition and to increase efficiency, but with so many options floating around, trying to figure out what’s best can get confusing.

Having over 300+ companies in attendance, you’re sure to find some of the best technology solutions out there. Click here to learn more and to register for tickets.

8. SHRM – Las Vegas, Nevada. June 23-26, 2019

Before anything else, better workplaces begin with a commitment to excellence and the intersection of your business and your people needs to be handled properly. And with new technologies and innovations constantly changing the landscape of work, you need to stay on top of these areas.

SHRM offers over 200 different sessions divided into these nine areas: workplace strategy, technology, business acumen & metrics, compliance, global HR, leadership, communication, talent, and compensation & benefits. Click here to buy your tickets.


9. International African American Hotel Ownership & Investment Summit & Trade Show – Miami, Florida. July 24-26, 2019

The 23rd Annual International African American Hotel Ownership & Investment Summit & Trade Show is here to forge a path to bring knowledge and opportunity to improve minority leadership and ownership.

The 3-day event details how to become an owner or investor, goes over minority investment trends, and teaches how to better market to minority markets. Click here to learn more and to register for tickets.

10Hotel Data Conference – Nashville, Tennessee. August 14-16, 2019

With valuable insights from topics like revenue management to marketing efforts, the Hotel Data Conference offers attendees the opportunity to learn from a number of speakers with vast experience from within the industry. Click here to learn more and to register for tickets.


11. MYOB Partner Connect AU – Melbourne, Australia. August 21-22, 2019

This event offers two days led by some of the biggest names in the industry as they lay a roadmap of how to set your business up for success with the help of some of the latest technologies. Click here to register for tickets.

12. The Lodging Conference – Phoenix, Arizona. September 23-26, 2019

If you’re looking for an event with the benefits of a larger conference but still small enough to have a meaningful conversation, The Lodging Conference is the perfect fit for you.

With tens of thousands of industry experts attending over the past 24 years from all over the globe, the event has completely sold out over the past 6 years with attendance of over 1900+ in 2018 and has garnered a reputation as more than a conference but a Thinktank for all attendees to come together and share their ideas. Click here to learn more and to register for tickets.

13. The Hospitality Law Conference – Washington D.C. October 2, 2019

Don’t forget that garnering a strong understanding of the law is just as crucial for your organization’s success. This single day conference offers an intense educational atmosphere so attendees understand the most effective practices as well as the current policies affecting the hospitality industry. Click here to learn more and to register for tickets.

14. HR Tech – Las Vegas, America. October 15-17, 2019

At the end of the day, your business starts and ends with your employees. So ensuring that your recruiting practices are built to bring in the best talent should be a top priority. HR Tech is here so you can learn from the pros on the best strategies to bring in high-quality talent. Click here to learn more and to purchase tickets.

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15. Direct Booking Summit – Miami, Florida. October 23-24, 2019

In need of help to increase your number of direct bookings and to better compete with 3rd party travel agencies?

Direct Booking Summit is here to offer solutions for your biggest challenges in regards to your lack of direct bookings. Click here to learn more and to register for tickets.

16TopHotelWorldTour – New York City, New York. November 12, 2019

This one differs from the others in the sense that it’s not one particular event but a series of different events that take place all over the world, but it’s still just as beneficial for attendees as the others so pay close attention.

TopHotelWorldTour is a series of single-day conferences held all over the world with the goal of expanding the network for attendees as much as possible to facilitate the exchange of great ideas and innovations. Click here to learn more and to register for tickets.

17. Dreamforce – San Francisco, America. November 19-22, 2019

No other conference assists you in improving your sales, marketing, customer engagement, and customer service all within a single event.

Attend this conference to better develop your skills using one of the top customer relationship management systems out there. Click here to learn more and to buy tickets.

18. Nightclub & Bar Tradeshow – Las Vegas, Nevada. March 30-April 1, 2020

The most influential gathering of professionals in the bar & nightlife industry in the country. Thousands of professionals from all over come to learn, network, and share ideas. The 2020 show will celebrate 35 years and will host over 400 exhibitors, get your tickets here.


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These events serve to offer you an opportunity to further your skill set and to gain a better understanding of the strategies and technologies proven to strengthen hospitality organizations just like yours.

And don’t forget to click on the link below to see how Deputy can strengthen your hotel, hostel, or bed & breakfast with its ability to create optimized schedules in minutes and to strengthen your workplace communication.

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