Upcoming Business Conferences and Expos in the Travel and Hospitality Industry

A year on, the pandemic hit travel and tourism industry is bound to recover, and the planning for its revival is already underway.


The “new normal” can arguably be termed as the most widely used key-phrase in 2020. The new normal brought by the pandemic disrupted many mature financial sectors worldwide, especially in the travel and tourism sectors. As the deadly grasp of COVID-19 is loosening up over the world, travel industry experts and enthusiasts are planning to keep the show going on this year.

The introduction of the vaccine has stimulated hope and optimism in the travel and tourism industry. The industry slowed down during the lockdowns imposed to curb the pandemic. It has gained little normalcy only since the last quarter of 2020.

If the numbers of new hotels that resume in 2021 are to be made a parameter for the industry’s revival, then the hotel industry this year will do a lot better. In India, for example, Goa leads the industry as it has seen significant growth in recent months. 

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Entrepreneurs and business folks involved in the travel and tourism industry need some direction to guide their business through these challenging times.

Here is a list of events and expert symposiums that will forecast and discuss the travel and tourism industry’s future in a post-COVID world.

Global Hospitality & Tourism Conference on Experiential Management and Marketing | 18 – 20 Mar 2021

Marketing is not just a commercial venture. Instead, it is a philosophy, a frame of mind and a practice that drives business growth in a dynamic market. The tourism and hospitality industry offers its customers complex experiences and services in a highly competitive global market. 

Marketers are concerned with the following issues: 

Identifying the target market/consumer, 

Developing appropriate product promotion strategies and 

Ensuring services that build satisfaction and customer loyalty.

The event offers an exchange of views between academics, researchers, policymakers, industry professionals and emerging tourism professionals. 

Hotel Investment Conference – South Asia (HICSA) 2021 | 6 – 7 April 2021

Hotel Investment Conference: South Asia (HICSA) has been an unprecedented conference platform for the hospitality industry worldwide since its inception in 2005. The conference is known for its many content sessions and excellent networking opportunities. It attracts corporate leaders, hotel owners, hotel owners, bankers, developers, and professional consultants worldwide.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, its dates have been changed, and the 16th HICSA (HICSA 2021) is scheduled for April 6 and 7, 2021. Besides, the event will feature the HICSA 2021 Hybrid mode, where it will be held in personas and virtually for remote participants.

Hotel Operations Summit India (HOSI) 2021 | September 2021

The Hotel Operations Summit India (HOSI) is a foremost forum for hotel professionals in the region where participants can exchange ideas, discuss topics, and share the industry’s best views. It strives to provide the best speakers on industry trends, market developments, business topics, industry specifications and the hospitality industry’s best practices.

With the rapid development of the COVID-19 situation in 2020, the hospitality industry and related industries faced one of the biggest challenges in modern history. The 8th HOSI will proceed to a virtual organisation after careful consideration due to pandemic related safeguards.

THINC INDONESIA 2021 | Dates to Be Announced

The THINC Indonesia conference provides a forum for key executives and decision-makers to discuss the evolving hotel and tourism industry’s development and direction. Since its inception, THINC’s conferences have been the basis for some of the significant hotel trends in South-East Asian countries. 

The 8th THINC Indonesia, usually held in Bali in the first week of September, currently is not finalised due to restricted international travel. The date of the 2021 event will be announced later. 

THINC Indonesia has a strong forecast for developing regional industries, especially the Indian market and resources. Under government leadership, the summit provides a platform for participants to communicate and offers stakeholders the opportunity to use the investment environment and meet influential people. 

What’s in it for travel and tourism players?

With these and more informative events on the horizon, keep following this space for more insights and new updates. Nonetheless, all the entrepreneurs and business folks involved in the travel and tourism industry need some direction to guide their business through these challenging times. 

Events like these can help them immensely to chart out new strategies and safe modes for both themselves and their customers in growing the business and travelling. Participation in such an event is highly encouraged by industry experts and mentors of the entrepreneurial world.

Aakash Sharma
Aakash Sharma
Aakash writes on Startup Ecosystem, Policies, Legal and Regulatory aspects of business planning. An alumnus of Delhi University, he is assistant editor at Dutch Uncles.

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