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Travel and Tourism Trade Fairs are great places to network.

These exhibitions bring professionals from the tourism industry together with people interested in travel.

If you're a digital nomad looking for more information on new destinations to visit; finding out about useful products and applications related to the travel industry, before they've been blogged about in social media; or just expanding your own business travel network by pressing the flesh at live events - then these events may well appeal to you; and your friends.


Travel and Adventure Show in Chicago.

A series of travel shows making a quick appearance around the United States.

Whether you want to escape to the Caribbean, discover Australia or see America like never before you'll meet the travel experts who can help you plan and book your next trip.

11-12 January, 2014:
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center - Rosemont, Illinois.

Ferien Messe Bern.

The Holiday and Travel Fair makes its presence felt in the capital of Switzerland.

16-19 January, 2014:
Messeplatz - Bern, Switzerland.

Ferien-Messe Wien.

An international event for holidays, travel and leisure, Ferien-Messe Wien is the leading public access tourism trade fair in Austria.

16-19 January, 2014:
Messe Wien - Vienna, Austria.

ASEAN Tourism Forum.

The ASEAN Tourism Forum (ATF) is a cooperative regional effort to promote the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as one tourist destination where Asian hospitality and cultural diversity are at its best.

The travel trade show rotates annually among the member countries of ASEAN - previously held in Laos 2013, Indonesia 2012, Cambodia 2011 and Brunei 2010.

16-23 January, 2014
Kuching (Sarawak), Malaysia.

Los Angeles Times Travel Show.

From safaris to scuba diving, wind surfing to wine tours, archeology excursions to relaxing on a pristine beach, here’s where you’ll discover amazing travel destinations, attractions, activities, resorts, products, luxury goods and services.

17-19 January, 2014:
Los Angeles Convention Center - Los Angeles, California.

Vacances Geneve.

The holiday, travel and leisure fair draws thousands of visitors each year from French-speaking Switzerland and neighbouring France.

24-26 January, 2014:
PALEXPO - Geneva, Switzerland.

Travel and Adventure Show in San Francisco.

A series of travel shows making a quick appearance around the United States.

Visit the Bay Area's largest travel show to explore local haunts and distant lands in travel seminars led by leading travel experts, magazine editors and photographers.

25-26 January, 2014:
Santa Clara Convention Center - California.

Alpe-Adria Tourism and Leisure Show.

The central tourism event of the Alps-Adriatic region, which includes 10 individual regions of Italy, Austria, Hungary and Slovenia and Croatia in their entirety.

29 January to 01 February, 2014:
Ljubljana Exhibition and Convention Centre - Slovenia.

FESPO Zurich.

Adventure and travel lovers can satisfy their thirst for adventure and get a taste of holiday air at the biggest travel agency in Switzerland.

30th January to 2nd February, 2014:
Messe Zürich (Zurich-Oerlikon exhibition centre) - Zurich, Switzerland.

Dates For 2014 to be announced

Ferien-Messe Linz.

If you missed out on the holiday fair in Vienna, here's your chance to find out what Upper Austria has to offer. It's also the place for Upper Austrians to gather first-hand information on other Austrian and international travel destinations.

Design Center - Linz, Austria.


Rimini Horeca Expo.

Catering and hospitality exhibition open to trade members only - a culinary experience of tastes, rites and trends; eating out round the clock.

02-05 February, 2014:
Rimini Fiera - Rimini, Italy.

Travel and Adventure Show in Los Angeles.

A series of travel shows making a quick appearance around the United States with a chance to meet personalities from the world of travel.

Interact and comparison shop with hundreds of destination travel experts and tour operators representing thousands of vacation options all under one roof.

08-09 February, 2014:
Long Beach Convention Center - California.

Basler Ferien Messe.

The holiday fair in the Dreiländereck (three-border region) continues to attract 30,000 potential customers every year from the greater Basel catchment area.

14-16 February, 2014:
Messe Basel - Basel, Switzerland.

Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo.

A must attend event in the Asia-Pacific region for the meetings and events industry. Showcases the best Australian, Asia-Pacific and international destinations, products and services all under one roof.

18-19 February, 2014:
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre - Australia.

New York Times Travel Show.

Get a closer look at domestic and international hot spots, familiar favourites, and those under-the-radar escapes that are still relatively crowd-free.

28 February to 02 March, 2014:
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center - New York City, New York.

Dates For 2014 to be announced

Borsa Internazionale del Turismo.

Considered to be Italy's leading travel exhibition.

Fiera Milano - Milan, Italy.

Seattle Golf and Travel Show.

Every entrant gets a free round of golf at a North-West golf course and numerous chances to win vacation prizes.

Century Link Events Center - Seattle, Washington.


Internationale TourismusBörse Berlin.

The largest travel trade show in the world is one that almost anyone involved in travel and tourism would want to be a part of.

The ITB Berlin attracts more than 170,000 visitors, of which over 100,000 are trade visitors; greeted by over 10,000 exhibitors from 180 countries.

The sucess of this event has even created an ITB Asia spin-off; held in October.

05-09 March 2014:
Messe Berlin - Berlin, Germany.

Future Dates:
04-08 March 2015; 09-13 March 2016; 08-12 March 2017; 07-11 March 2018.

Travel and Adventure Show in Washington, DC.

A series of travel shows making a quick appearance around the United States.

This two-day event is your ticket to discover authentic travel experiences, snap up amazing travel deals and win exciting trips. Be entertained and delighted at this amazing travel extravaganza in the nation's capital.

22-23 March, 2014:
Washington Convention Center - Washington, DC.

Gulf Incentive, Business Travel & Meetings Exhibition (GIBTME).

The leading event for the meetings, incentives, business travel and events industry in the Middle East.

24-26 March, 2014:
ADNEC (Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre) - Abu Dhabi, UAE.

ASTA International Destination Expo.

Onsite learning experience that immerses you in a destination, ensuring that you return home ready to put your newfound skills to work and boost your sales.

27-30 March, 2014:
Merida, Yucatan, Mexico.

Dates For 2014 to be announced

Vancouver Golf and Travel Show.

Every entrant gets a free round of golf, a two for one coupon on Amtrak's Cascade run and numerous chances to win vacation prizes.

Vancouver Convention Centre - Vancouver, British Columbia.


Dates For 2014 to be announced



International Luxury Travel Market Africa.

ILTM Africa is where the leaders of the African luxury travel community meet.

April, 2014:
Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa.

Dates For 2014 to be announced

Arabian Travel Market.

The travel and tourism event unlocking business potential within the Middle East for inbound and outbound tourism professionals.

Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre - Dubai, UAE.


International Luxury Travel Market Asia.

Showcases the world's most sought after destinations and ultra-unique travel experiences to the most discerning luxury travel buyers from across the Asia-Pacific.

03-06 June, 2013:
Shanghai Exhibition Centre - Shanghai, China.

Incentives, Business Travel & Meetings Expo.

The leading global exhibition for the U.S. meetings and events industry.

11-13 June, 2013:
McCormick PLace, Chicago, Illinois.


Global Travel Marketplace.

An elite appointment-only event that takes face-to-face meetings to the next level.

24-26 July, 2013:
Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.


SYTA Annual Conference.

The premiere marketplace dedicated to the student/youth travel industry.

23-27 August, 2013:
Los Angeles, California.


China Incentive, Business Travel & Meetings Exhibition.

The leading exhibition for the meetings, incentives, business travel and events industry in China and Asia.

02-04 September, 2013:
China National Convention Centre - Beijing, China.

Pacific Asia Travel Association Travel Mart.

A premier travel trade show in the Asia Pacific region.

15-17 September, 2013:
Chengdu, China.

American Society of Travel Agents Global Convention.

Reach new heights through innovative education, captivating luminaries and diverse networking opportunities at the ASTA Global Convention.

17-19 September, 2013:
Hyatt Regency Hotel, Miami, Florida.

International French Travel Market.

France's international travel and tourism trade fair.

24-27 September, 2013:
Porte de Versailles - Paris, France.

International Luxury Travel Market Americas.

'By invitation only' ILTM Americas brings together the world’s most sought after collection of international luxury experiences for the most discerning luxury travel buyers of North, South and Central America.

30th September to 3rd October, 2013:
Fairmont Mayakoba Resort, Riviera Maya, Mexico.


Travel Trade Italia (TTI).

Promoting Italian tourism throughout the world.

17-19 October, 2013:
Rimini Fiera - Rimini, Italy.

The Travel Convention.

20-22 October, 2013:
Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnikl Hotel, Croatia.

The UK travel industry's flagship event; providing inspiration to delegates through an outstanding programme of content, with thought-provoking ideas to challenge the way you think and approach your business, and unrivalled opportunities to network with peers and industry experts.

ITB Asia.

The ITB Asia event is open to trade and business visitors only.

23-25 October, 2013:
Suntec International Convention & Exhibition Centre - Singapore.

Adventure Travel World Summit.

Namibia will be hosting three- to six-day Pre-Summit Adventures taking delegates through the country to showcase their part of the world and provide networking opportunities prior to the Summit.

26-31 October, 2013:


Travel and Adventure Show in Dallas.

A series of travel shows making a quick appearance around the United States.

Experience the music, dance, and culture from countries around the world on the Global Beats Stage.

02-03 November, 2013:
Dallas Convention Center - Texas.

World Travel Market.

Four-day business-to-business event, presenting a diverse range of destinations and industry sectors to UK and International travel professionals.

04-07 November, 2013:
ExCel - London, United Kingdom.

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The Global Meetings and Events Exhibition.

One of the foremost business tourism shows available providing an opportunity to access the global suppliers for the meetings and event industry; along with the possibility of thought provoking professional education and networking opportunities.

19-21 November, 2013:
Fira Gran Via - Barcelona, Spain.

Dates For 2013 to be announced

Ferien-Messe Salzburg.

Ideally placed on the events calendar for last-minute, winter holiday offers.

Salzburg Exhibition Center - Salzburg, Austria.


International Luxury Travel Market.

An 'invitation only' event for the luxury travel sector, bringing together the world's most sought after collection of luxury experiences for the most discerning luxury travel buyers.

02-05 December, 2013:
Palais des Festivals et des Congrès - Cannes, France.

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World Fairs and International Expos

As a leading industrial power, London staged the first World Fair back in 1851; under the theme 'Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations'.

Since 'The Great Exhibition' in 1851, many more nations have come forward to sponsor an international exhibition of their own: Australia, Austria-Hungary, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Portugal, South Korea, and USA.

The World Expo

Compared to major sporting events like the World Cup or Summer Olympics, World Expos often remain in our collective consciousness thanks to some of the stunning architectural reminders and national pavillions that continue to decorate our planet.

Bureau of International Exhibitions

Created at the 1928 Paris Convention, the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) set out to define the rights and responsibilities of the organizers and participants of an Expo.

Today the BIE categorizes these international exhibitions into two main types: World Expos and International Expos.

Expo Time scale

A World Expo (International Registered Exhibition) is now held every five years and lasts a maximum of 6 months; while an  International Expo (International Recognized Exhibition) sits between two World Expos and lasts for a maximum of three months.

Next World Expo

Expo Milano 2015: (01 May to 31 Oct)
With the theme 'Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life' Expo 2015 will hope to display tradition, creativity and innovation in the business of food.

Expo 2015 will be located on a 1.7 million sqm site north-west of Milan, comprising part of the municipal territory of Pero and Rho.

Bids For Expo 2020

Brazil (Sao Paulo)
Russia (Ekaterinburg)
Thailand (Ayutthaya)
Turkey (Izmir)
United Arab Emirates (Dubai)

Since Last US Exposition

The 1984 Louisiana World Exposition in New Orleans was the last World Expo to be held on US soil.

Notable expostions around the world since then have been Vancouver 86, Brisbane 88, Seville 92, Lisbon 98, Hanover 2000, Japan 2005, Zaragoza 2008, and Shanghai 2010.

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