Business Travel Shows & Conferences

Business Travel Shows, Conferences and Events in 2019/20

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There are a number of business travel shows, events and major industry conferences that are attended by business travel professionals, buyers, bookers and travel managers from across Europe. 

These include:

  • ACTE Global Summit - Amsterdam
  • An Introduction to Crisis Management - London
  • Business Travel Awards - London
  • Business Travel Conference - London
  • Business Travel Show - London
  • Business Travel Showcase - Dublin & London
  • Business Travel Trends and Forecasts - Paris & London
  • Data Management and Protection in Travel - London
  • Digital Strategy Summit - London
  • Future Travel Experience - Istanbul
  • GBTA Conference - Munich
  • Global Travel Risk Summit - London
  • ITT Conference - Split
  • ITM Conference - Brighton
  • Navigating Change in Business Travel - London
  • Phocuswright Europe - Amsterdam
  • Revenue Optimization and Marketing Summit - Amsterdam
  • Skift Forum Europe - London
  • The Travel Convention - Tokyo
  • World Aviation Festival - London
  • World Travel Market - London


Mergers and Acquisitions in the Travel Industry

Date: 07 May 2019

Location: 25 Farringdon St, London, EC4A 4AB

There is continuing momentum in the mergers and acquisitions market for travel. Whether you are looking to acquire a business or thinking about selling, ABTA’s second annual Mergers and Acquisitions in the Travel Industry seminar will give you a better understanding of the deals market and the key issues and around merging or acquiring for travel businesses of all sizes.

EyeforTravel’s Digital Strategy Summit

Date: 21 May 2019

Location: Hilton Tower Bridge, 5 More London Place, Tooley St, London SE1 2BY

Digitally transform, create value and delight your customers.

With global tech giants prepared to dominate the travel industry, it is imperative that you take the steps necessary to stay relevant and compete in the new travel arena. The key lies in embracing company-wide digital transformation and delivering a superior customer experience – central themes of the Digital Strategy Summit 2019.

By attending, you’ll find out how to reduce acquisition costs, drive conversions, take back control of your inventory, budget for innovation, reform your commercial structure, optimise your data and use the latest technologies to become more efficient and provide a truly personalised customer experience.

EyeforTravel’s flagship European conference and exhibition brings together 350+ commercial strategists from the world’s most influential travel brands from hotels, airlines, OTAs and tour operators. Attend to hear C-level keynotes, lively panel debates and in-depth case studies on profit-driving tactics across digital, ecommerce, marketing, innovation and strategy – ultimately, you’ll get the tools and knowledge you need to digitally transform into the travel company of the future and win the booking.

Global Travel Risk Summit

Date: 03 June 2019

Location: St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London, Euston Rd, Kings Cross, London NW1 2AR.

The annual Global Travel Risk Summit London is a one-day conference designed to educate corporate travel buyers, procurement professionals, human resources, legal and risk professionals and IT on meeting legal obligations and executing safe and secure travel.

ITT Conference

Dates: 10 - 12 June 2019

Location: Le Meridien Lav, Split Resort, Croatia

The ITT Conference is the travel industry's Blue Riband event, created exclusively for a capacity of 400 ITT Members and attended by senior figures in the UK travel industry. The 2019 Conference will include an ideal blend of conference sessions, social activities and networking opportunities. The two mornings of conference sessions are flanked by a party followed by a late bar on all three evenings, and plenty of free time for delegates to network and explore the local area during the afternoons.

Future Travel Experience EMEA 

Future Travel Experience Business Travel Show

Dates: 19 - 20 June 2019

Location: Istanbul Congress Center ICC, Istanbul


To commemorate the landmark opening of the new Istanbul Airport mega-hub, which opened on 29 October 2018, Future Travel Experience is taking its Europe and Ancillary shows to Istanbul, rebranding them as Future Travel Experience EMEA, and co-locating the event with The New Airport Show Istanbul.

These outstanding shows will collectively provide the perfect platform to bring together the world’s airlines, airports, vendors, startups, OEMs, government agencies, destination partners and various other key travel industry stakeholders.

Delegates will gather in Istanbul to learn, network and collaborate on how technology, design and innovation can enhance end-to-end customer experiences and revenue opportunities at every step of the journey, and see the newest hub airport in the world first-hand.

World Aviation Festival

Dates: 04 - 06 September 2019

Location: Business Design Centre, Islington, London

The World Aviation Festival is the #1 global event on the digitalisation of the airline and airport business model.

Over 4500 attendees join us each year to discuss AI, digital transformation, distribution, evolving business models, retailing, marketing, loyalty and so much more.

Be inspired by over 400 speakers from the world’s most successful airlines, airports and digital intermediaries. Network with thousands of like-minded global leaders in aviation. Be inspired by some of the greatest minds in the industry. Gain access to our app and schedule 1-2-1 meetings. Build relationships at our exclusive drinks receptions and networking events

The Business Travel Conference

Dates: 17 - 18 September 2019

Location: London Hilton Bankside, 2-8 Great Suffolk St, London SE1 0UG

For: Anyone with responsibility for booking, buying, arranging or managing business travel and meetings at companies large and small including PAs, secretaries, receptionists, travel administrators, event/meetings organisers, office managers, negotiation/expense reduction analysts, procurement departments, travel managers and finance personnel.

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The Business Travel Conference has been a key fixture in the business travel world since 2007 as the major annual event of The Business Travel Magazine.

Taking place over two days each year, we return to The Ballroom of The Hilton Bankside just around the corner from Southwark or London Blackfriars or a short cab from London Bridge and London Waterloo.

A comprehensive learning programme is featured with leading industry speakers and thought provoking keynotes together with an exhibition of around 60 leading business travel suppliers. Day one this year will finish with a drinks and canape reception.

Delegate places are strictly limited and reserved for corporate buyers and arrangers of travel and meetings to ensure the event retains a more intimate atmosphere in which to learn, network and do business in.

ITM Business Travel Showcase

Date: 23 September 2019

Location: The Westin Dublin, Westmoreland Street, Dublin, D02 HR67

We have invited several suppliers from across the industry to join us and help delegates gain a greater understanding of products and services available. This is a great opportunity to find out what’s new and if you are thinking about going out to tender it’s an ideal way to be introduced to new suppliers that may not be on your radar.

Delegates will benefit from evaluating each presentation with their peers, who may have first hand experience using the products and solutions presented.

The afternoon session comprises of a Benchmarking Workshop, giving delegates valuable peer insights and helping to provide context on how your own travel programme is performing.

An Introduction to Crisis Management

Date: 01 October 2019

Location: ABTA Ltd, 30 Park Street, London, SE1 9EQ

Crisis management is high on the agenda for travel. Your organisation should have a crisis management plan in place to deal with a wide range of potential incidents, from natural disasters and illness outbreaks to security incidents, accidents and more.

An effective crisis plan will help you to protect your customers and staff and safeguard your company’s reputation.

Business Travel Trends and Forecasts - Paris & London

Date: 4 October 2019

Location: Le Meridien Etoile, 81 Boulevard Gouvion Saint-Cyr 75848, 75017 Paris, France

Date: 7 October 2019

Location: London Marriott Hotel Regent's Park, 128 King Henry's Rd, London NW3 3ST, UK

The 8th Annual Business Travel Tech Talk enables corporate travel buyers to network, discuss industry trends and developments, and learn about new technologies for managing travel management services.

Join your travel industry peers for one-day, buyer-focused conferences in both Paris and London designed to unite corporate travel professionals and provide a platform for information sharing.

Sessions will focus on rebooting the travel management company, creating smart hotel contracts using blockchain and communicating more effectively with travellers, as well as comparing new booking engines and expense tools.

The Travel Convention

Dates: 07 - 09 October 2019

Location: Prince Hotels & Resorts, Tokyo

The Travel Convention is ABTA’s flagship event for the UK travel industry.

The 2019 convention will take place in Tokyo, Japan from 7-9 October. Each year approximately 500 senior professionals from across the UK travel and leisure sector come together. These include managing directors, CEOs, board members, marketing, sales and finance directors from tour operators, cruise lines, hotels, airlines and all forms of travel retailer.

The event offers two days of exceptional business content and a programme of social activities, including host parties, excursions and sporting activities.

Data Management and Protection in Travel

Date: 17 October 2019

Location: TBC

Data management in any business is an ongoing process. This one-day practical event will provide an update on what’s next for data regulation as well as the opportunity to assess your level of compliance and understanding of data protection processes. Tailored for the travel industry, ABTA brings its popular seminar to Manchester.

ACTE Global Summit

Dates: 23-35 October 2019

Location: Postillion Convention Centre Amsterdam, Paul van Vlissingenstraat 9-11, 1096 BK Amsterdam

ACTE Global’s annual European Summit is a leading industry event providing cutting edge research and education for business travel professionals.

In today’s fast paced, ever-evolving industry, ACTE is committed to support corporate travel buyers to be successful leaders of their travel programme. The elements of this framework are built on the DNA of the corporate travel industry and include leadership, operations, business intelligence and innovation. This framework will shape and inform the education provided throughout the summit

TMC Showcase

Date: 28 October 2019

Location: The Taj Hotel - St James Court, 54 Buckingham Gate, Westminster, London, SW1E

Learn about what TMCs have to offer and how they differ, learn what’s new and how it could benefit your organisation.

In the final ITM showcase of 2019, several TMCs have been invited to present their products and services to an audience of buyer delegates.

This is a great opportunity to find out what’s new and get to know more about the TMC’s cultural fit. This full day event can also help you benchmark your current supplier, or if you are thinking about going out to tender it’s an ideal way to be introduced to new suppliers that may not be on your radar.

World Travel Market

Date: 04-06 November 2019

Location: Excel, London

World Travel Market London is the leading global event for the travel industry to meet industry professionals and conduct business deals.

Through its industry networks, unrivalled global reach, WTM London creates personal and business opportunities, providing customers with quality contacts, content and communities.

Star Alliance Digital Showcase

Date: 14 November 2019

Location: Sea Containers London, South Bank, London, SE1 9RQ

Star Alliance is partnering with Buying Business Travel to showcase its latest products and services for travel managers and travel management companies.

This evening event will educate attendees about the Star Alliance airline members' travel experience.

GBTA Conference 2019 – Munich in Partnership with VDR

Dates: 19 - 21 November 2019

Location: Messe München Conference Center Nord, Paul-Henri-Spaak-Str. 18, 81829 Munich

Join us for Europe’s premier business travel event, featuring 1,000+ global attendees, 100+ exhibiting companies and a world-class programme on the latest industry technologies, issues and trends.

Navigating Change in Business Travel

Date: 27 November 2019

Location: ABTA Ltd, 30 Park Street, London, SE1 9EQ

Corporate traveller behaviour is changing, with travellers demanding more choice and personalised services across their entire journey. New tools, technologies are transforming the corporate travel landscape. Political uncertainty around Brexit and regulatory changes continue to impact the sector.

At this practical seminar, a varied speaker line up will look offer the latest advice on IATA’s New Distribution Capabilityand the future of distribution. Hear best practice for meeting the changing needs of the corporate traveller, in a cost effective, convenient and personalised way. Learn from buyers about how to stand out in a competitive landscape. Get the latest on business travel regulation and compliance including an update on the new Package Travel Regulations, IATA reform, PSD2  and VAT/TOMs. Hear best practice for attracting and retaining diverse talent in the corporate travel sector. Learn how to generate savings and efficiencies through the application of new technologies and pricing methods and understand how emerging technologies are disrupting the market. Get the latest on business travel regulation and compliance including an update on the new PTRs, IATA reform, PSD2 and VAT/TOMs. Explore ways to overcome the challenges of recruitment and attracting diverse talent to the corporate travel sector.

Whether you work for a TMC, supplier or a corporate travel buyer, this timely seminar will provide key insights to inform your long-term business travel strategy. There will be plenty of time for questions and opportunities to discuss common issues with colleagues throughout the day.  Hear best practice guidance and case studies from suppliers, TMCs and the travel buying industry

Revenue Optimization and Marketing Summit

Date: 28 November 2019

Location: Hotel Novotel Amsterdam City, Europaboulevard 10, 1083 AD Amsterdam

Commercial leaders from hotels, airlines and OTAs converge for Europe’s first revenue optimization conference uniting marketing with pricing and revenue management.

300+ attendees, 50+ speakers, 20+ hours of networking and 70% end-user attendance




Business Travel Awards 2020

Date: 20 January 2020

Location: Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London

The Buying Business Travel Awards 2020 will be a night to remember as we celebrate a quarter of a century of recognising the best in the business. We’re looking forward to raising a glass to the sector’s stars, pioneers and high achievers in this special 25th anniversary year.

Guests will be welcomed with a champagne reception followed by a gala dinner, top entertainment and awards presentation. The legendary after-show party will include a casino and live band until the early hours.

Business Travel Show

Dates: 26 - 27 February 2020

Location: Olympia London


• 2 days packed with learning, sourcing and networking
• 260 leading suppliers showcasing travel solutions, innovations and start-ups
• 60 conference sessions
• 120 expert speakers
• 3 days of networking
• 60 hours of CPD education
• 7 conference streams

The Business Travel Show, held annually in London for more than 20 years, is Europe’s largest specialised exhibition and conference bringing together over 7,500 European travel professionals.

Held alongside the Travel Technology Europe marketplace, his long established and reputable event provides corporate travel buyers and managers with the suppliers, knowledge and contacts to help create and develop successful travel programmes.

Skift Forum Europe

Date: 01 April 2020

Location: Tobacco Dock, London

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This one-day conference is the premier European travel event focused on the top marketers, strategists, and technologists in the industry — the people creating and defining the future of travel.

Skift Forum Europe is unlike any other event in the region because of its laser focus on examining Europe as a bellwether for many of the leading trends in global travel. We bring together renowned industry leaders on stage to discuss the region, their companies, and the intersection of their ideas and the latest travel megatrends.

We hope you’ll join us to explore innovation throughout the region and across every industry sector including hospitality, tourism, OTAs and aviation.

ITM Conference

Date: 12 - 13 May 2020

Location: Hilton Brighton Metropole, Kings Rd, Brighton BN1 2FU

The business travel industry is rapidly evolving and doing the same things in the same ways is hindering both travel programming and professional development.

Achieving success requires a commitment to expanding your industry knowledge and optimising your travel programming, as well as developing your own skills. It’s time to invest in YOU, the business travel professional.

The ITM Conference 2019, in partnership with GBTA, brought together leading speakers, case studies and networking to help you identify ways to ELEVATE your programme, effectiveness and career.

Phocuswright Europe

Dates: 18 - 20 May 2020

Location: Beurs van Berlage, Damrak 243, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 1012 ZJ

Phocuswright Europe delivers an unbeatable combination of compelling content, top­-tier attendees and an electrified atmosphere. It's where ideas are born, partners are found, strategies are honed and deals are done.

The sister event of Phocuswright's two-decade-running U.S. conference, Phocuswright Europe draws the region's top players around our rigorous and unbiased research to discuss the trends, technology and turmoil affecting the European travel market.

Watch the most qualified travel leaders and influencers as they take the stage, learn about the next wave of innovation in travel, meet innovation demonstrators and receive educational breakout content in an intimate, interactive environment to discover, learn and hone skills.


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