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Top 5 Event Industry Conferences for Corporate Event Planners in 2022

Are you a corporate event planner eager to attend the best conferences in 2022? As we emerge from the pandemic, event professionals like us are itching to get back to in-person events. It's what we...

Are you a corporate event planner eager to attend the best conferences in 2022? As we emerge from the pandemic, event professionals like us are itching to get back to in-person events. It's what we do, it's what we love. And now, more than ever, it's crucial for event planners, whether in-house or third-party, to stay informed about how to safely and successfully navigate this new era of meetings and events. So why not attend some conferences ourselves?

With so many industry events out there, we've narrowed down the top five conferences to attend this year if your goal is to up your corporate event game and come back stronger than ever. Let's dive in!

1. Cvent CONNECT 2022

April 11-14 | Caesars Forum, Las Vegas + Virtual

First up on our list is Cvent CONNECT 2022. While there are other great conferences and events hosted by event tech companies, Cvent is the biggest and baddest of the bunch. Celebrity keynotes, industry icons, leader panels, and product experts will be the core of Cvent’s programming. They've designed over 110 sessions to educate, delight, and inspire attendees. No matter what post-pandemic pain points you have, they've got a solution or opportunity for each and every one.

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2. The Special Event

May 2-5, 2022 | Anaheim Convention Center, California + Virtual

The Special Event trade show is a bustling marketplace, bringing together thousands of catering and event professionals and solution providers. This vibrant agora is where welcoming exhibitor booths, relaxed happy hours, community-building receptions, award ceremonies, and bonus education all converge to celebrate our industry and drive it forward. This conference is especially great for those of you who are supplier-side.

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3. WEC San Francisco

June 21-23 | Moscone West Convention Center, San Francisco

The World Education Congress (WEC) is MPI's signature annual conference and was my favorite event of last year in Las Vegas. This year, WEC is heading to one of our often-visited cities, San Francisco. With themed and interactive programming, WEC promises a learning experience that stimulates your goals and senses. Say goodbye to the Zoom fatigue and hello to an immersive conference that will take you on an experiential journey.

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4. Connect 2022

August 8-10 | Huntington Place, Detroit

Connect Meetings brings together the most active planners, suppliers, and experts in the meetings and events industry. With about 4,000 event professionals expected to attend in Detroit, this conference offers B2B business development, networking opportunities, incredible education, and keynote speeches from world-renowned personalities. Connect Meetings stands out with its highly curated reverse-style appointments, ensuring you meet only with destinations and venues that are a good fit for your future events.

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5. IMEX America

October 11-13 | Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

IMEX America offers more than just a trade show experience. With over 200 educational and networking events over four days, this conference provides brilliant speakers, fresh ideas, and continuous inspiration. Attend small group sessions with industry experts, engage in peer-to-peer learning, and ask in-depth questions during one-to-one sessions with IMEX speakers. It's the ultimate event for the event industry, and this will be my first year attending. Will I see you in Vegas?

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Remember, attending these conferences will not only expand your knowledge and skills but also provide valuable networking opportunities. So mark your calendars, pack your bags, and get ready to elevate your corporate event planning game at these top conferences of 2022. We can't wait to see you there!

PS: If you're considering hosting your own event in Vegas, be sure to check out our City Snapshot for valuable insights.

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