Below is a list of social media and digital marketing conferences in 2017 into 2018 that we feel are of particular interest to the travel industry.
Some conferences may have already happened, but remain listed in anticipation of next year’s details.
The list is meant to be as comprehensive as is possible, and will be updated on a regular basis. We therefore welcome your feedback. Any edits, amends or additions please send them to: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Nordic Bloggers Experience, Helsinki, Finland, 14-22 January 2017
NBE is a combined blogger experience & conference centred on the annual Matka Nordic Travel Fair in Helsinki. Around 50-60 influencers are invited to tour Finland and then speak/network with the industry at the travel fair.
Hostelworld Conference, Dublin, Ireland, 31 Jan – 1 Feb 2017
Two-day annual conference with a focus on digital marketing and social media for those in the hostel industry.
Phocuswright is a travel/tourism industry research company that hosts a number of conferences and events…
- Phocuswright India – Gurugram (Gurgaon), NCR, India. 28 February – 2 March 2017
- Phocuswright Europe – Amsterdam. May 2017 (2018 & 2019 will also be in Amsterdam)
- Phocuswright Conference – Ft. Lauderdale/Hollywood, Florida U.S. 7-9 November 2017 (2018 will be in Los Angeles.)
IMM is a scheduled-meeting networking event run by Travmedia.com in five locations worldwide. Local tourism organisations & travel brands take stands and meet with bloggers, influencers, traditional travel writers and other travel media over a day.
- IMM UK – London. 13 March 2017
- IMM Asia – Singapore. 24 October 2017
- IMM USA – New York. 25 January 2018
- IMM Australia – Sydney. 23 February 2018
- IMM Germany – Berlin. 6 March 2018
Launched originally as “Travel Blog Exchange”, TBEX runs multiple annual travel blogger conferences for up to 600 blogger & industry delegates, worldwide. TBEX conferences nominally run for 2-3 days but there is usually a programme of pre-TBEX tours & events and post-TBEX fam trips that expand the whole thing out to a week or more.
- TBEX International – Jerusalem, Israel. 20-22 March 2017
- TBEX North America – Huntsville, Alabama, USA. 4-6 May 2017
- TBEX Europe – Killarney, Ireland. 3-5 October 2017
- TBEX Africa – Harare, Zimbabwe. 25-27 July 2018
- TBEX North America – Finger Lakes Wine Country, New York, USA. 11-12 September 2018
#DTTT is a consultancy that runs a continuous programme of small events and two large conferences annually…
● Content Campus – Copenhagen. 30-31 March 2017
● #DTTT Global – Brussels, Belgium. 30 Nov – 1 Dec 2017
Salons des Blogueurs de Voyage, St. Malo, France, 13-14 April 2017
A boutique conference for French travel bloggers, run by We Are Travel.
INFLOW Travel Summit, Istanbul, Turkey, 18-19 April 2017
INFLOW (Influencers of The World) organises Brand-2-Influencer summits for a range of industries.
Travel industry community & publisher, offering a number of conferences focusing on digital technology, social media marketing and travel content.
- EyeforTravel San Francisco Summit – San Francisco. 24-25 April 2017
- EyeforTravel North America – Las Vegas. 19-20 October 2017
- EyeforTravel Smart Travel Data Summit – TBC. 27-28 November 2017
Ping Festival, Helsinki, Finland, 28 April 2017
The Ping Helsinki Business Festival brings high-end professional influencers together with brands to talk about content and influencer marketing.
Digital Travel Summit, Las Vegas, USA, 8-10 May 2017
Now in its third year, DTS focuses on digital marketing, eCommerce strategy and customer engagement for travel, hospitality and leisure companies.
FTE is an event and online media business focused on the air passenger experience. FTE has four annual events around the world: FTE Global, FTE Asia EXPO, FTE Europe and FTE Ancillary. Every FTE event includes ‘On the Ground’ and ‘Up in the Air’ conference streams, and an exhibition of the latest solutions and services.
- FTE Europe + FTE Ancillary – Dublin, Ireland. 26-27 June 2017
- FTE Global – Las Vegas, USA. 6-8 September 2017
- FTE Asia – Singapore. 7-8 Nov 2017
Content Marketing World, Cleveland, Ohio, USA, 5-8 September 2017
Major (4000 delegates) digital marketing conference with a packed programme of presentations, panels & workshops.
Snaphappen, London, UK, TBC 2017
Snaphappen is a new one-day conference, run by Snapchatters (but not Snapchat itself they are quick to point out) with workshops/session from successful Snapchatters and an awards event in the evening – The Ghosties, showcasing the best in Snapchat storytelling & use.
Social Travel Britain, TBC, Sept 17
STB is a small conference putting together travel influencers with local & regional tourism organisations and travel companies. This year the organisers (who also run half of the social media track at WTM London) say they are planning a simple one-day event in September.
Social Travel Summit, Kitzbuhel, Austria, 19 – 20 September 2017
STS, now in its fourth year, is a forward-looking conference developing new ways and ideas for the travel & tourism industry to work with top professional travel bloggers & influencers who are there by invitation only. One highlight is the Think Tank which produces policy on blogger-industry issues.
Norwegian Digital Travel Conference, Kristiansand, Norway, 26 – 27 Sept 2017
The event is Norway’s largest travel conference with a sole focus on digital marketing and use of technology within the industry. It is organized by Usus (former Visit Southern Norway) and supported by Innovation Norway and NHO Reiseliv (The Norwegian Hospitality Organization).
Web in Travel, Singapore, 23-25 October 2017
WIT is a travel industry community & publisher focusing on travel technology, distribution and marketing. In addition to their main conference they have a number of spin-off events…
- WIT Seoul – Seoul, S. Korea. 27 April 2017
- WIT Europe – Amsterdam, Netherlands. 18 May 2017 (Co-conferencing with Phocuswright)
- WIT Japan & North Asia – Tokyo, Japan. 8-9 June 2017
Travel Mind: immaginiamo il futuro delle piccole destinazioni, Italy, 27-28 October 2017
Popular and practical event. A Relationship Relationship Between Travel Agencies, Influencers, Social Media Managers and Tour Operators.
SATW Annual Convenvention 2017, Portland, Oregan, 29 October – 2 November 2017
Annual convention held by the Society of American Travel Writers.
World Travel Market, London, UK, 6-8 November 2017
The annual international travel trade show in London runs 2-3 social media and blogger streams, and a blogger/industry speed-networking event. WTM has some spin-off conferences…
- WTM Connect Asia – Penang, Malaysia. 17-19 May 2017
- WTM Latin America – Sau Paulo, Brazil. 3-5 April 2018
- WTM Africa – Cape Town, South Africa. 18-20 April 2018
- WTM Arabian Travel Market – Dubai. 22-25 April 2018
Travel Social Media and Digital Marketing Conferences 2017 – 2018 (Continued)
BlogVille’s Winter Edition, Tirol, Austria, 8 – 20 January 2018
Developed by the Emilia Romagna Region Tourist Board together with iAmbassador, the BlogVille project brings together since 2012 digital influencers from all over the world to Emilia Romagna, Italy. As part of this BlogVille Europe partnership with Tirol, a special snowy edition of BlogVille will be taking place in the Alps!
ENTER 2018, Jönköping, Sweden, 24 – 26 January 2018
It is digital travel conference with both academia as well as industry present and presenting. This is already 20th annual ENTER-conference and the focus is this year on engagement and content, making it quite relevant for those interested in social media in travel and tourism.
Bloggers UTD, Brussels, Belgium, 3 February 2018
This travel gathering is the biggest tourism event for online influencers in Belgium. This will be the third edition. Last year welcomed over 120 online influencers and 27 partners.
Social Media Marketing World, San Diego, USA, 28 Feb – 2 Mar 2018
Claims to be “the world’s largest social media marketing conference”. With around 5,000 it probably is. A busy programme of presentations, panels & workshops from top social media marketers.
ITB, Berlin, Germany, 7-11 March 2018
ITB Berlin is the world’s largest tourism trade fair. It has a busy programme of digital marketing, & social media events including expert industry and influencer panels & presentations. There are now two spin-off conferences…
- ITB China – Shanghai. 10-12 May 2017
- ITB Asia – Singapore. 25-27 October 2017
Women in Travel Summit, Quebec City, Canada, 4-6 May 2018
The clue is in the name; a 2-day conference (with several days of pre-conference events) for women travel influencers and industry members.
Traverse, Rotterdam, NL, 26 – 27 May 2018
Traverse is a 2-day blogger conference aimed at new bloggers and influencers developing their skills. It started in Brighton in 2013 and moved around the UK (Newcastle, Kingston-upon-Thames, Cardiff) ending up in London in 2017 with around 500 delegates. In 2018 it moves to the continent (Rotterdam). Speakers are mostly pro-bloggers, and experts in marketing, editing, videography, etc. Travel & Tourism brands use the conference and its social events running over the preceding week, to network with up and coming bloggers. Traverse also run half the social media programme at World Travel Market, and a number of other social media marketing & networking events.
Travel Massive is an international community of tourism industry professionals and hosts events in over 100 cities around the world. They host over 400 events each year around the world, including New York City, London, Los Angeles, Berlin, Tokyo, and Sydney to name a few. Their online platform is free to join and you can find and connect with over 32,000 members and 2,300 tourism brands on travelmassive.com
Travel Massive Events -> https://travelmassive.com/events
Travel Massive Chapters -> https://travelmassive.com/chapters
Find your nearest chapter on the map -> https://travelmassive.com/chapters/map
Learn how to start a Travel Massive chapter -> https://travelmassive.com/blog/start-a-chapter-guide/
NATJA Conference & Marketplace, Branson, Missouri, 24-27 April 2017
North American Travel Journalists Association conference provides the opportunity to engage and network with fellow members – both media and destination representatives – throughout the conference, participate in top-notch professional development, and enjoy the best sites and gastronomy in the host destination.
Other Travel Social or Digital Marketing Conferences?
The list is meant to be as comprehensive as is possible. If are running a social media conference or have attended digital marketing conferences aimed at the travel industry that you feel should be on this list, please contact us.
We intend to update this list on a regular basis, and therefore, welcome your feedback. Any edits, amends or additions please send them to email@example.com