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6 Travel Marketing Conferences to Attend in 2023

From branding and messaging to all things digital marketing, these six travel industry events cover timely topics.

Travel Marketing Conferences 2022

By Tina Kelly

Travel and tourism may have largely recovered from the pandemic, but marketers are still fighting to welcome visitors to hit the road, skies, rails and sea. These six travel and tourism marketing conferences — our top picks for 2023 — will dive into research, insights and forecasts about the state of travel and tourism for years to come.

1. PRSA Travel & Tourism Section Conference

June 20–23 | Madison, Wisc.

This meeting, open to both members and nonmembers of the Public Relations Society of America, typically draws around 450 travel, tourism and hospitality professionals interested in discussing trends and forecasts with their peers and gaining exposure to travel-related media via panel discussions and social functions.

Highlight: This year’s keynote speaker is Baratunde Thurston, a New York Times bestselling author, producer of digital for The Daily Show and CEO of Cultivated Wit.

2. Destinations International Annual Convention

July 18–20 | Dallas

All members of the travel industry are welcome at this annual event, which gathers internationally renowned thought leaders and visionaries to share their expertise and insights in keynote addresses. The conference’s integrated approach to learning and relationship-building make it essential for destination marketers regardless of budget size or discipline focus.

Highlight: The variety of learning formats — roundtables, fireside chats, instructive presentations — makes for engaging educational sessions with thought leaders both inside and outside the destination marketing industry.

3. U.S. Travel Association’s Educational Seminar for Tourism Organizations (ESTO)

Aug. 19–20 | Savannah, Ga.

This annual conference for destination marketers is renowned for its concentration of educational programming and its no-sales environment, which allows attendees to focus on learning about the latest available trends and tools.

Highlight: Each year at the conference, the U.S. Travel Association announces the winners of its Destiny and Mercury Awards — for local, regional, state and territory marketing — and the state tourism director of the year.

4. Digital Travel Summit

Sept. 12-13 | Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Digital Travel is a conference for travel executives looking to re-imagine the customer journey. Leaders of hotels, airlines, transportation companies and more will gather to share information on how they’re gaining customers in the digital landscape.

Highlight: 2023 speakers include executives from MGM Resorts International, Norwegian Cruise Line, HotelPlanner.com and tourism offices across the country.

5. eTourism Summit

Nov. 1–3 | San Francisco

This specialized conference focuses on the latest developments in the digital realm — think email marketing, search, social media, mobile and web design, for starters, and then branches out into podcasts, owned media, curated radio stations, interactive media and more.

Highlight: What will your marketing look like five years from now? Because the recurring theme of this conference is “See Tomorrow,” it’s one of your best chances to see the latest technology and tools for digital development.

6. State Tourism Conferences

Varies by location

At conferences held by state tourism departments, it can be easier for DMOs and other travel marketing professionals to convene, confer and collaborate on challenges that affect not just one organization but the whole region or state.

Highlight: Find a searchable lineup of scheduled events on the Events page of the U.S. Travel Association website.

See You There!

Our team will be at the Destinations International Annual Convention in Dallas. Let’s meet up!

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Tina Kelly
Tina Kelly Chief Marketing Officer

Tina brings more than 10 years of experience to C/A, where she partners with companies to develop digital marketing campaigns that leverage content, encouraging audiences to consume, engage, share and convert. Tina’s experience spans industries, having led digital marketing strategy development and execution for several global and national brands, including The Children’s Place, Nationwide Insurance, Delta Faucet and many more.

Tina has presented at a number of industry conferences and events, including SXSW Interactive and Content Marketing World. Outside of work, Tina and her husband can usually be found on a sports field somewhere, cheering on their two kids.

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