Conferences for Hospitality Professionals

  • The Boutique Hotel Investment Conference
  • Hotel Experience
  • New York Times Travel Show
  • NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference
  • International Restaurant & Food Service Show of New York

Hospitality conferences offer attendees with valuable experience and insight into their profession, helping them to prepare to grow and change with the times. While there are dozens of regional events held every year, there are a handful of big events in the northeast to watch out for in 2018. Professionals who work in hotels, restaurants and other service sectors should consider visiting some of these events to learn more about new developments in their industry.

Boutique Hotel Investment Conference

The Boutique & Lifestyle Lodging Association (BLLA) is host to the annual Boutique Hotel Investment Conference, which will be held during June 2018 in New York City. Billed as the only such event dedicated to investment in boutique hospitality investment, the conference offers extensive networking and learning opportunities for those in the industry. The event focuses on the financial and investment aspects of boutique hotels, as well as opportunities for growth and trends that may impact the industry in the years ahead.

Hotel Experience

Attendees who are willing to brave the cold have a lot to gain by participating in Hotel Experience, which will be held in New York during November 2018. The two-day hospitality conference is hosted by the American Hotel & Lodging Association in addition to several regional organizations. It features ideas and products for all members of the hospitality industry, including hotels, restaurants and caterers. With a focus on innovation and modern trends, the event offers attendees with a glimpse into the future of their occupation.

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New York Times Travel Show

Hospitality professionals have an extra reason to look forward to the new year in 2018: the New York Times Travel Show. Slated to run from January 26 to 28, the Travel Show will feature a stunning array of exhibitions, seminars and other attractions in the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City. In addition to standard convention staples, attendees will also have plenty of opportunities to meet with industry experts, get signings from favorite authors and enjoy a variety of international cultural performances. There’s a lot more to the event than a festive atmosphere, it is also a great place for members of the industry to make new connections and learn about some of the opportunities available around the world.

NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference

2018 is a special year for the NYU International Hospitality Investment Conference, as it will mark the event’s 40th anniversary. The conference is hosted by students, faculty and alumni of the NYU School of Professional Studies, who draw from an international pool of industry talent to provide a valuable experience for attendees. Those interested in participating in the 2018 event can find a tentative agenda and more information on the NYU School of Professional Studies website.

International Restaurant & Food Service Show of New York

Members of the hospitality industry who focus on food and dining experiences have plenty of great reasons to attend the International Restaurant & Foodservice Show of New York. The event will run from March 4 to 6 in New York City, featuring a tantalizing collection of culinary innovations, strategies and trends for the years ahead. The show has a place for everyone from bakers to night club owners, so practically anyone with a professional interest in hospitality can benefit from the experience.

Since many of these conferences enforce attendance restrictions and cut-off dates for registration, those interested should consider signing up as soon as possible. These events offer unfiltered insight and serve as a primary point of contact between established ideas and emerging concepts. Being a part of any of these hospitality conferences can be a life-changing experience for those who want to make a career in the industry.