If 2020 was the year of the virtual industry conference, 2021 could be the year that hybrid meetings allow people to choose how they engage with their fellow meeting profs. Check out below to see what’s upcoming in the year to come.


Smart Meetings 3-Day, Southeast

Oct. 17-19

Sophisticated business meetings, networking and education at top properties featuring sales coach Ryan Dohrn on power negotiating and “What If? and Why Not?” author Jen Groover on masterful career building at Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa in Florida. Register today.

Expo 2020

Oct., 2021 – March 2022

The World Expo hosted by Dubai was postponed to start in Fall of 2021 with the premiere of Terra, the Sustainability Pavilion, an immersive journey through the wonders of the natural world. Alif: The Mobility Pavilion and Mission Possible: The Opportunity Pavilion will follow in February and March.

C2 Montreal

Oct., 19-21 & 26-28

This mix of physical and digital experiences will help businesses and individuals elevate their game. Speakers include Lindsey Vonn, Olympic skier and founder of Lindsey Vonn Foundation; Mindy Kalin, author, producer, actress and director; and Daniel Habashi, general manager of TikTok Canada, Middle East, Africa and South Asia. More details here.

ICCA 60th General Congress 

Oct. 24-27

The theme in Cartagena, Colombia, this year is “Forward to our Future”. Register to show the world the power of the association meetings industry’s transformation here. ICCA 60th General Assembly (digital) will take place Oct. 11.

Event Tech Live UK and Europe

Nov. 3-4

The educational conference around all things event technology will return to Old Truman Brewery in London and online. It will feature 100 educational sessions, 100+ Exhibitors, and some 3,500 attendees.

IMEX America

Nov. 9-11

Network, connect and learn at IMEX America in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Register your interest here.

Association of British Professional Conference Organisers

Dec. 1-9

ABPCO’s seven-day Festival of Learning will be fully virtual for the first six days and fully hybrid on the final day online and in-person at ExCel where the ABCO Excellence Awards will be given. Content covers innovation, marketing, CSR and career development. Read more details and register here.

Smart Meetings Incentive Experience-Mexico

Dec. 5-7

Sophisticated business meetings, networking and education at top properties at Hotel Xcaret Arte in Riviera Maya, Mexico. Register today.


Dec. 7-9

The Show for Shows is back in-person and virtual at Pennsylvania Convention Center with reduced registration prices. This year, education sessions will be combined with exhibitors on the trade show floor for a one-stop shop experience. Learn more.