Loyalty & Travel Conferences: A Running Status for early 2020

Here is an up-to-date look at the loyalty travel conferences (in planned date order) coming up for the rest of the year, and if they are running as planned, postponed or canceled. 

Have an event that you want added or have an event update? contact Rebecca Jostes at rjostes@iseatz.com 


WTM African Tourism Investment Summit: Running as Planned 

April 6-8
Website: https://africa.wtm.com/
World Travel Market Africa is the only event where you can simultaneously generate sales leads , launch new products, enter new markets, raise brand awareness, size up your competition, conduct market research, command press attention, and develop and maintain relationships.


WTM Arabian Travel Market: Postponed 

April 19-22 New Dates: June 28-July 1
Website: https://arabiantravelmarket.wtm.com/
Postponement Statement Excerpt: "Due to the escalation of the COVID-19 epidemic around the world, after consultation with all our stakeholders, the venue management, supporting associations, and in alignment with the advice from the UAE public health authorities regarding travel to and from impacted countries, we have taken the decision to postpone our event which was due to take place on 19 – 22 April 2020 in Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC)."


HITEC Europe: Postponed

April 21-23 TBD
Mallorca, Spain
Website: https://www.hftp.org
Statement: "HITEC Europe has been postponed in response to the global uncertainty related to the Novel Coronavirus. Thank you for your interest in and support of HITEC Europe.  We look forward to welcoming you to the rescheduled event.  Please continue to follow HFTP and HITEC online as we will post updates once new dates are determined."


Ancillary Merchandising Conference: Status UnKnown

April 27-29, 2020 
Berlin, Germany
Website: http://www.airlineinformation.org

As of March 19th, the event website was not active. We will continue to check Airline Information's website for additional information. 


The Freddie Awards: Cancelled

April 30, 2020 
New Orleans, LA 
Website: https://freddieawards.com/
Since 1988, the Freddie Awards have been widely recognized by frequent flyers and travel industry executives alike as the preeminent honor for travel loyalty programs. Voting is still active on the Freddies website however the awards ceremony is cancelled for 2020. 


Aviation Festival Americas: Postponed

May 12-13, October 15-16, 2020 
Miami, FL 
Website: https://www.terrapinn.com/conference/aviation-festival-americas/index.stm
From new business and revenue models to new technologies, this is the event for airline executives to learn all they need to know about revenue in one place.


Loyalty Expo: Running as planned

May 18-20, 2020
Charlotte, NC
Website: https://loyaltyexpo.loyalty360.org/
Loyalty Expo is a true Voice of the Customer-driven, best practice-focused customer loyalty and reward conference. By attending, you’ll have the opportunity to network with hundreds of your fellow marketers and hear how they are reaching their customer relationship-building goals. Market leaders will be sharing their experiences and insights on customer retention strategies and trends. Attendees will leave Loyalty Expo with an understanding of new research, technologies and solutions to aid their organizations on the customer loyalty journey


Phocuswright Europe: Postponed

May 18-20 August 4-6, 2020
Website: https://www.phocuswrighteurope.com/
COVID-19 Statement: "Phocuswright Europe is still on – just with new dates. In light of the health threat from Covid-19 and resulting travel restrictions, Phocuswright Europe will now take place 4-6 August 2020 at the same location – Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam – and with the same essential content."


WBR Digital Travel Summit: Running as Planned 

May 18-20, 2020 
Indian Wells, CA 
Website: https://digitaltravel.wbresearch.com/
Digital Travel is the premier interactive conference for travel executives who are looking to re-imagine the customer journey. Join the top minds from hotels, OTAs, airlines, transportation companies, and everything in-between, to share practical insight on how to enhance personalization and improve their online strategies for better cross-channel experiences.


Skift Forum Asia: Postponed 

May 2020 October 15-15, 2020
Website: https://forum.skift.com/skift-forum-asia/
Statement: "Your health is of the utmost importance to us. We have decided that, due to the latest developments regarding the coronavirus, it is best to reschedule Skift Forum Asia. We still very much look forward to an exciting event on October 13-15 at Resorts World Sentosa."


Card Forum: Postponed 

May 18-20, 2020
Miami, FL
Website: https://www.paymentssource.com/conference/card-forum
Statement: "Card Forum is largely a domestic event with the vast majority of attendees traveling within the U.S., and does not have any attendees from countries for which the CDC has assigned a travel health notice. We are actively monitoring the situation, including watching the number and location of cases, tracking guidance provided by the CDC and the World Health Organization, and working closely with our partners on additional safety precautions."


NYU Hospitality Conference: Running As planned

May 31 - June 2, 2020
New York, NY
Website: https://www.sps.nyu.edu/homepage/academics/divisions-and-departments/jonathan-m--tisch-center-of-hospitality/international-hospitality-conference.html
The NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference convenes top industry executives who discuss the latest trends, economic influences, and projections. From strategically focused general sessions to breakout sessions that explore timely topics, the Conference offers something for professionals at every phase of their career.

Future Travel Experience Ancillary: Running As planned

June 3-4, 2020
Website: https://www.futuretravelexperience.com/fte-ancillary/
Inspired by the latest digital developments, airlines are now thinking way beyond just selling flights and they are exploring a variety of inventive ways in which they can become fully-fledged retailers.


Loyalty Summit NYC: Running As planned

June 4, 2020
New York, NY
Website: https://loyaltysummit.com
The Loyalty Summit is conversational in nature and steers away from traditional PowerPoint presentations. The program includes airline and hotel loyalty panels, fireside chats with industry executives, and time for networking.


CO-Brand and travel Rewards Conference: Running As planned

June 9-11, 2020
Willmington, DE
Website: http://airlineinformation.org/upcoming-events2/570-co-brand-travel-reward-cards-2020.html
Co-Brand & Travel Rewards 2020 is an event dedicated to the professionals that run co-brand and travel reward programs. From card issuers, merchants and the companies and professionals that go to put cards in consumers hands, and increasingly in their mobile wallets, this is the place to be to learn what's coming next in the card space.


HITEC North America: Postponed

June 15-18, October 26-29, 2020
San Antonio, TX
Website: https://www.hftp.org
World's largest hospitality technology conference that brings the brightest minds & hottest technology from around the world.


HSMAI ROC 2020: PostPoned

June 16 - 17, October 26-27, 2020
San Antonio, TX
Website: https://roc.hsmai.org/
Statement: "While we closely monitor the situation around coronavirus, with the safety of our attendees, partners, and staff as our primary concern, HSMAI ROC currently has no plans for cancellation or postponement and we have added programming specific to managing the challenging environment and preparing for recovery"


Updated: March 19, 2020 at 2:15 pm