12 Essential Networking events for the MICE industry this 2019


2018 has come to an end and the MICE Industry welcomes 2019 with open arms! This year, the meetings and events demands are expected to rise between 5-10%, bringing together bigger and better productions where the creativity has no limits.


With the industry being extremely dynamic and trends being in the catch of the eye of every planner, it’s imperative to stay updated with what’s going on in the industry. If you are one of these people, take a look at some of the most significant networking events in the sector for this year!



PCMA’s Convening Leaders 



Date: 6th-9th of January of 2019.

Place: David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh (United States).


It is the most important annual event of the PCMA (Association of Convention Management Professionals) and it will gather more than 4.000 event organizers from around the globe to be part of four days of educational sessions and networking opportunities.


SITE Global Conference 2019



Date: 11th-13th of January of 2019.

Place:  Bangkok, Thailand.


It is the annual SITE convention and it will bring together MICE professionals in Thailand’s capital for a program of lectures, educational sessions, events and tours under the theme: “incentivize diversity and innovation”.


Europe + Asia Event Forum (EFEA) 2019



Date: Petrocongress de San Petersburgo (Rusia).

Place: 16-18 of January of 2019.


It’s the eight edition of the annual forum for the Russian MICE market! It will bring together more than 500 professionals from 15 countries and 20 Soviet regions and will count with a program of presentations based on the topic: “Events of the New Renaissance: is human capital our future?”.





Date: 23th-27th of January of 2019.

Place: Madrid’s Fair.


It is the reference for the travel sector in Spain. This year’s edition will have a new space dedicated to business, travel and tourism for meetings, congresses, events and incentives.


EMEC 2019 (European Meetings & Events Conference)


Date: 9th-12th of February of 2019.

Place: World Forum, La Haya (Holland)


It is the next congress of MPI, the International Association of Event and Meeting Professionals, and will be organized under the slogan: “Changing the game”. It will offer buyers and suppliers a four-day program that will discuss topics related to risk management, creative design, leadership and the perspectives of meetings from other sectors.





Date: 13th-14th of February of 2019.

Place: Litexpo, Vilnius (Lithuania).


It is the annual conference, event and incentive hall of the Baltic region and it has suppliers from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Finland and Sweden, as well as guests from Ukraine and Belarus. It contains a program of educational sessions and networking events for attendees, including more than 165 buyers from all over Europe.


Ace of MICE Exhibition



Date: 20th-22th of February of 2019.

Place: Istanbul Congress Center, Estambul.


It is an event organized by Turkish Airlines and brings together suppliers of MICE Products and services from the country with buyers from around the world in three-days of pre-arranged appointments, lectures and networking opportunities at social events.


Annual Meeting of the ICCA Iberian Chapter

Date: 10th-12th of April of 2019.

Place: Oporto (Portugal).


It is the annual convention of the Iberian Chapter of ICCA, the International Association of Congresses and Conventions. It will be held in the Portuguese city of Oporto and in addition to the general assembly of the association, it will include an educational program with presentations and debates on issues of relevance for the sector.


IMEX Frankfurt & America 2019


IMEX Frankfurt 2019



Date: 21th-23th of May of 2019.

Place: Messe Frankfurt (Alemania).


Once again, more than 3.500 exhibitors from around 160 countries will present their offer to more than 5.000 participants in one of the reference halls for the MICE sector in the world. The program will include around 250 educational sessions and networking opportunities, with lectures in English and German.


IMEX America 2019



Date: 9th – 12th of September of 2019.

Place: Sands Expo and Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada.


Whether you want to tap into event tech, polish your professional skills, spark your imagination at a ground-breaking keynote, or connect with your peers, their unique and free program has it covered. Brilliant speakers, fresh ideas and continuous inspiration during four days. They count with more than 3.500 exhibitors, 150 countries, more than 180 educational sessions and Ovation Global will be present!   


IBTM Arabia, Americas & Barcelona 2019


IBTM Arabia 2019



Date: 25th – 27th of March of 2019.

Place: Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi. 

Is the leading event for the meetings and events industry in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). It brings together meetings and events planners from across the globe to meet MICE suppliers based in the MENA region. This includes three days os pre-scheduled one-to-one meetings, invaluable networking opportunities, discovery days and carefully selected educational sessions delivered by industry experts.


IBTM America 2019



Date: 29th-30th of May of 2019.

Place: Citibanamex Centre, Mexico City.


Born from the merger of IBTM America and IBTM Latin America, it will return to Mexico City for its second edition. This year will count with more than 400 exhibiting companies, 4.000 visitors and 12.500 business appointments. 


IBTM Barcelona 2019



Date: 19th – 21st of November of 2019.

Place: Fira Barcelona, Spain.


Is the leading global event for the meetings and events industry and it has one goal: to inspire the events professionals around the world to deliver exceptional experiences. For 31 years, IBTM World has been providing the global community with the inspiration, business connections and content to create world-class events for their customers.


FIEXPO Latin America 



Date: 10th-12th of June of 2019.

Place: Casapiedra, Santiago, Chile.


The International Fair of Meetings and Incentive Travel Market of Latin America and the Caribbean will return to Santiago, Chile for its 12th edition. The program will host the 6th Latin American Meeting Tourism Policy Forum as well as educational sessions. Among the invited buyers, it will include directors of associations, meetings planners and organizers of corporate events and congresses.


MITM Americas 2019



Date: 14th-17th of October of 2019.

Place: The Havana, Cuba.


It will return to Havana for its 23rd edition, coinciding with the 500th anniversary of the city. It’s the event of reference for the MICE sector in the Caribbean and the Americas, it will bring together organizers interested in the tourism offer of Cuba and of the entire region in general.



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