Posted  |  Written by Elaine Materise

Conferences for hotel and hospitality professionals are an excellent way to keep current on — and even a step ahead of — new developments relating to industry trends, technologies, guest expectations, sales and marketing, and more. If you’re a career hotel staffer, or you’re looking to break into a management or other senior-level positions, attending a conference or two is a rewarding form of continuing education to help you move forward successfully.

Close out 2018 on a strong note, and kick off 2019 prepared to take your hospitality career to the next level, by attending one or more of these four major upcoming hotel conferences.

Learn About Increasing Your Direct Bookings

Direct Booking Summit: Americas takes place at The Statler Dallas, a gorgeous venue in Dallas, Texas, on October 3 and 4, 2018. It’s the industry’s biggest conference series dedicated to increasing direct bookings. Over the two-day event, participants can attend more than two dozen workshops, presentations, and panels. Some of the world’s top hoteliers will be speaking. It’s also an amazing networking opportunity, and the after-party is famous!

Explore the Arena of Attracting More Group Business

IMEX America hits The Sands Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada for a three-day event from October 16 through 18, 2018. It’s all about the all-important area of group business. Get an essential education in incentive travel, meeting services, and events hosting to learn to attract the profitable demographic of group business guests. Enjoy more than 180 educational presentations, 3,200 exhibitors, and extensive networking opportunities.

Attention Hospitality Property Owners, Executives, and GMs

The Hotel Experience — or HX as it’s more commonly known — is North America’s largest hospitality expo, and it’s especially for you! Taking place November 11 and 12, 2018 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, the expo caters to professionals from chain and independent hotels, B&Bs, resorts, casinos, restaurants, country clubs, spas, purchasing and management companies, military base lodgings, and others. Well over 7,000 hospitality leaders attend, as do more than 300 exhibitors using over 100,000 square feet of exhibition space.

Attend the Ultimate Hospitality Industry Networking Conference

TOPHOTELWORLDTOUR is a one-day conference that takes place in four major world cities, including New York City on November 13, 2018. Enjoy insightful discussions, high-profile keynote speakers, unmatched networking opportunities with hospitality industry leaders, and an excellent drinks reception to close out the day.

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