In light of the COVID-19 outbreak and recommendations from public health officials, several industry conferences have announced cancellations or rescheduled dates. The list below is up-to-date as of April 16, 2020.
In a press release on April 15, the U.S. Travel Association issued a statement from its President and CEO Roger Dow announcing the cancellation of IPW 2020. “When this health crisis is behind us, IPW will clearly be more vital than ever as a catalyst for activating inbound travel and re-growing commerce, exports, and jobs. As always, our top priority is to provide value to our partners, exhibitors, buyers and attending media. The standard for next year will be nothing less than putting on the event that our stakeholders will remember as a key turning point in the process of rebuilding the international inbound travel economy,” Dow said.
NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference
On April 14, the executive planning committee of the annual NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, which is hosted by the NYU School of Professional Studies Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality, announced its decision to reschedule the 2020 conference from May 31-June 2 to November 11-12, 2020. The day-and-a-half event will take place at the New York Marriott Marquis.
In addition to the onsite event in November, the planning committee is developing a virtual version of the conference’s “CEOs Check In” panel for June 2 at 2 p.m., which will be moderated by Jonathan M. Tisch, chairman and CEO of Loews Hotels & Co. and co-chairman of the Board of Loews Corporation. To date, panelists include: David Kong, president and CEO, BWH Hotel Group; Keith Barr, CEO, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG); Christopher J. Nassetta, president and CEO, Hilton; Arne M. Sorenson, president and CEO, Marriott International.
Hunter Hotel Investment Conference
Originally scheduled for March 18-20, 2020, organizers of the Hunter Hotel Investment Conference announced on April 9 the decision to cancel this year’s conference. Organizers initially announced that the conference was postponed on March 12. The next Hunter Hotel Investment Conference is slated to take place from March 9-11, 2021.
HTNG TechOvation Award 2020
On April 3, Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG) announced that it had partnered with UgoVirtual to transform the annual TechOvation competition into an online, virtual event. Traditionally held as a live onsite presentation each year during HT-NEXT, the TechOvation Award recognizes and rewards new, innovative industry products and solutions serving the global hotel vertical market.
HFTP Annual Convention
On April 2, Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) announced that it restructured its 2020 event calendar, moving early 2020 events to the second half of the year, and co-locating them during one week. In addition to rescheduling the North American Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC) to October 26-29, 2020, the association relocated its Annual Convention, which was already scheduled for that month, from Minneapolis to San Antonio; it will take place from October 27-29. In addition, HFTP will hold its annual Club Forum and the startup pitch competition Entrepreneur 20X on October 26 in San Antonio.
Meet the Money
Originally scheduled to take place May 4-6, 2020, Meet the Money 2020 has been canceled.
HD Expo + Conference
On March 18, HD Expo + Conference officially canceled the event, which was scheduled for May 5-7, 2020, at Mandalay Bay Las Vegas.
“This is due to recent developments regarding COVID-19 that include, but are not limited to, the declaration of a National State of Emergency by President Trump, the Nevada State of Emergency announced by Governor Steve Sisolak, the latest measures, including travel restrictions placed on foreign nationals traveling to the United States from certain EU member states and other places, the declaration by the WHO of COVID-19 as a pandemic, and the accelerating pace of confirmed cases worldwide and domestically,” the conference organizers—Stacy Shoemaker Rauen, editor in chief, Hospitality Design magazine and senior vice president, Emerald, and Kevin Gaffney, group show director and vice president, Emerald—wrote in a statement.
Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC)
On March 18, Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) announced that the North American Hospitality Industry Technology Exposition and Conference (HITEC), an annual event held each June, has been rescheduled to October 26-29, 2020. The conference, which will remain in the same location at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas, will still include a four-day education program planned and presented by industry experts and an exhibit hall hosting over 375 companies.
“The hospitality technology community depends on HITEC to meet, share ideas, and gain knowledge on the latest industry developments,” said HFTP CEO Frank Wolfe, CAE, FIH. “HFTP feels it would be a disservice to the industry to outright cancel HITEC in 2020, this type of interactivity is crucial for our stakeholders to build back business. Thus we have committed to still produce HITEC this year with a shift in timing. Hospitality professionals will be able to discuss how best to use technology to accommodate efficiencies, while exhibitors will be able to work with their customers to meet these strategies.”
HSMAI ROC Americas
In addition to HITEC San Antonio, the co-located HSMAI ROC Americas has been moved to October 26-27, 2020. HSMAI ROC will have its main program at the Convention Center in San Antonio on Monday, October 26, with Tuesday, October 27, including HSMAI Chief Revenue Officer roundtables, CRME and CHDM review courses, and Partner Insights sessions.
AAHOA Convention & Trade Show
On Monday, March 9, 2020, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency in response to COVID-19, calling on the state’s cities and counties to postpone or cancel mass gatherings, including conferences. In response, the 2020 AAHOA Convention & Trade Show, which was slated to take place from April 13-16, has been rescheduled to August 9-12, 2020, according to an announcement from AAHOA on Thursday, March 12, 2020. The conference will still take place at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla.
“The travel and tourism industry is facing uncertain times as the public’s perception of the risks posed by COVID-19 become the reality for America’s hoteliers,” said Cecil P. Staton, AAHOA president and CEO, in a message regarding the conference. “AAHOA Members are reporting that occupancy, RevPAR, and ADR are in distress. Hoteliers and our partners need this time to tend to their businesses as the travel and tourism industry adjusts to this new reality.”
New York Boutique Hotel Investment Conference
The New York Boutique Hotel Investment Conference is also among the conferences rescheduled as a result of coronavirus. On Thursday, March 12, 2020, the Boutique Lifestyle Leaders Association (BLLA) announced its decision to reschedule its annual New York Boutique Hotel Investment Conference from June 3 to November 10, 2020.
INDIE Confab: Philadelphia
The Independent Lodging Congress has postponed INDIE Confab: Philadelphia to June 22-23.
High Point Market
On April 16, the High Point Market Authority announced the cancellation of the Spring 2020 High Point Market. Originally scheduled for April, the Market Authority previously announced on March 12 its plans to push the Spring Market to June. The next High Point Market is scheduled for October 17-21, 2020.
Architectural Digest Design Show
On March 6, 2020, the Architectural Digest Design Show released a statement reporting that the March 19–22 show has been postponed to June 25–28, 2020 at Pier 94 in New York.
Digital Signage Expo
The Digital Signage Expo, slated to take place at the Las Vegas Convention Center from March 31 to April 3, has been rescheduled to be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center South Hall Three on September 15-18, with access to the show floor Wednesday and Thursday, September 16-17.