The Top 22 Live Events Worldwide for Event Professionals

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This is a follow up to our previous post on the top live events. Today we cover events overseas which are just as lively as scene on these shores...


Events in the UK and Ireland

March

M&IT Awards @EventsEducation London

Organized by Meetings & Incentive Travel magazine, the M&IT Awards are the largest event industry awards program in the UK, attracting more than 1,000 industry professionals to this evening awards ceremony. This event brings together all sectors of the business to reward excellence of services and products, and raise funds for charity.


AIPCO Business Tourism Conference Killarney, Ireland

AIPCO is a key business exchange for all Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events (MICE) related businesses and enterprises in Ireland. The event brings together Professional Conference Organisers (PCOs), Destination Management Companies (DMCs) and specialist event companies to connect with hotels, transport companies, restaurants, AV companies, event tech suppliers, exhibition specialists, team building companies, special venues and hosts.


EventIT @Eventit_show Glasgow, Scotland

EventIT is the annual showcase for the business events, meetings, incentives, hospitality and festivals industry professionals in Scotland. Bringing together exhibitors and buyers from across the UK and beyond, EventIt offers education, the latest in event tech and services, and networking.


June

AEO Excellence Awards London

The AEO Excellence Awards seek to recognise the best the events industry has to offer and showcase noteworthy achievements within the industry. This evening awards ceremony celebrates the achievements of even organizers, excellence in venues, and service quality by suppliers and contractors.


The Meetings Show @MeetingsShow London

The Meetings Show is a two-day event connecting meeting and event planners with destinations, hotels, venues, conference centres, DMCs and technology providers. The exhibition is attended by event, meeting, conference and incentive planners from the UK and Europe. 


September

C&IT Awards @CITawards London

A one-night annual awards ceremony recognizing the best in B2B events. Nearly two dozen awards are presented in categories ranging from conference of the year and automotive event of the year to best venue, best use of technology, and best brand amplification. 


October

Event Organisers Summit @EventOrgSummit London

The Event Organisers Summit brings together meetings and event professionals with industry solution providers for two days of one-to-one business meetings, interactive seminars, and networking. Attendees have one fully day of pre-arranged 25-minute meetings with solution providers of their choice; attendance is complementary but limited.


November

Event Tech Live @eventtechlive London

Hosted by Event Industry News, Event Tech Live is Europe’s only free-to-attend show dedicated to event technology. The two-day conference and exhibition gives event professionals access to over 50 educational sessions, 100 exhibitors, and networking opportunities with more than 1700 event professionals from government agencies, associations, consumer brands, and B2B companies.


Event Technology Awards @EventTechAwards London

Held in conjunction with Event Tech Live, the Event Technology Awards are an evening awards ceremony recognising the achievements of companies delivering digital and technological solutions to the events industry.


February

Event Buyers Live @EventBuyersLive Location TBA

Event Buyers Live is a two-day event that facilitates prearranged one-on-one meetings between organisers and suppliers. Event organisers can "shop" through pre-qualified meetings with top event suppliers, network with their peers, and take advantage of an educational programme that promotes information sharing and opportunities to exchange best practices.


Event Production Show @EventProdShow London

The Event Production Show is one of the leading events for the UK’s live event sector. It brings together event infrastructure suppliers with the industry’s leading agency and corporate event organisers for two days of education, interactive brand experiences, new technology, and networking.


International Confex @IntlConfex London

Confex has evolved over more than three decades from a pure venue-finding forum to a showcase of all the elements that make events great: new technology, feature builders, standout destinations, wow-factor venues, and unique team building activities, at the largest single gathering of UK event organisers in one room.


Events in Europe

November

IBTM World Barcelona, Spain

A leading global event for the meetings and events industry, IBTM World connects meetings and events professionals with educational sessions, networking, and a wide range of industry vendor exhibitors offering everything from catering services and venues to entertainment, event services, A/V, travel, and event technology.


February

CONFEC @CONFECEvents Location TBA

CONFEC is a complementary hosted-buyer event bringing together qualified event planners and professionals with a range of suppliers including DMCs, convention bureaux, hotels, congress & exhibition centers, tourist boards, and airlines for one-to-one meetings, education, and networking.


Events in Canada

March

CSE Live Toronto

Canadian Special Events (CSE) Live brings together event planners of all stripes -- coordinators, producers, designers, marketing and brand managers -- who organise events ranging from fundraisers and academic events to large corporate events, sales meetings, and international conferences. CSE Live offers four days of networking, education, new product and service ideas, and experiential learning.


May

C2 Montreal @C2Montreal Montreal

Not strictly speaking an event only for event professionals, and not a trade show (there's no exhibit floor), C2 draws senior business leaders from around the globe for three days of perspective on future trends, innovation, and finding creative solutions to business problems.


June

MPI World Education Congress (WEC) Toronto

MPI's World Education Congress delivers education, networking and business opportunities for meeting and event professionals. The event features networking opportunities and educational sessions with scientists, artists, and business leaders to help planners design unique experiences. Qualified planners can attend the event plus have one-to-one meetings with select vendors, at no cost.


August

IncentiveWorks Toronto

IncentiveWorks is an event for the MICE industry, providing tools to plan and execute better meetings, conferences and events, along with opportunities to network with top planners and suppliers. The training at this two-day conference builds your skills, advance your knowledge, and can earn CE credits.             


February

IAPCO Annual Meeting & General Assembly @IAPCO2019 Vancouver

The IAPCO Annual Meeting attracts professional congress organisers for four days of training and discussion about maintaining high professional standards in the organization and administration of congresses, conferences and other international and national meetings or special events.


Events in Mexico

May

IBTM Americas @IBTMevents

IBTM Americas is an international tradeshow connecting the meetings and events industry across North, Central, and South America, South America. It helps event planners deliver exceptional experiences through educational sessions, networking, and connections with innovative event industry suppliers.


November

MPI Thought Leaders Summit Quintana Roo

This by-invitation-only event provides senior event and meeting professionals with access to unreleased research and curriculum, up to 10 hours of EIC compliant education, and networking in a resort atmosphere. 


Events in Australia

February

The Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Event (AIME) @AIME2019 Melbourne

The Asia Pacific Incentives Meetings Event (AIME) is the leading trade event for the meetings and event industry in the Asia Pacific region. It brings together industry decision makers from across the region for three days of learning, networking, and evaluating the latest offerings from event industry suppliers.