In-person events are back, and we’re loving it! Planned is here to support the event planning industry in creating memorable events.

Right now we’re excited to see so many events happening across North America, so we wanted to share a few of them to inspire your next in-person event and showcase all the incredible large-scale events that are coming up.

The Special Event 2021 Conference and Tradeshow

July 19–22, 2021 at the Miami Beach Convention Center

“Do you have your evening event tickets yet? Finally…you are traveling! Yes! Ensure you get the most out of your experience and see firsthand the NEW food, beverage, entertainment, and décor ideas that will wow your clients. We are pulling out all the stops at this year’s showcasing events.”

Event planners and caterers support each other throughout the entire planning process and The Special Event and Catersource bring everyone in those industries together for an unparalleled immersive experience every year. Attendees have the opportunity to network and connect with everyone within the events and catering space to continue to promote innovation!

The combined event will bring together the most highly talented suppliers and the top industry professionals to provide an unmatched opportunity to source, network and learn together in Miami. “We might come from different places, have diverse skillsets and unique talents, but we share a common bond: a sincere passion and enthusiasm for the events industry. Attendees come from all areas including: Business Owners, Marketing & Sales, Operations Teams, Corporate Planners, Event Designers, and more.”

VenueConnect 2021

August 2–5, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia

“Steve Koonin, CEO of the ATLANTA HAWKS, announced as the Closing Keynote Speaker for VenueConnect 2021!!!”

The International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) represents public assembly venues from around the world, and their 6,800+ active members include managers and senior executives from auditoriums, arenas, convention centers, exhibit halls, stadiums, performing arts centers, university complexes, amphitheaters and fairgrounds. Their mission is to educate, advocate for, and inspire public assembly venue professionals worldwide.

“IAVM’s 96th VenueConnect Annual Conference and Trade Show will be in Atlanta for 2021. VenueConnect hosts professionals from a spectrum of public assembly venues including arenas, convention centers, amphitheaters, fairgrounds, performing arts centers, stadiums, universities, and more. This is the only industry conference that inspires industry leaders, provides targeted education, and brings attendees together creating relationships that last a lifetime.”

Canadian Meetings + Events Expo

October 19–20, 2021 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre

“CMEExpo 2019”

“Canadian Meeting and Events Expo (CMMExpo) is the largest and longest running meetings and events show in Canada. What began in 1991 as the Canadian Incentive Travel Symposium has grown to offer an incredible two days of valuable connections and education representing 200+ companies every year in downtown Toronto.”

This event allows attendees to gain industry knowledge with affordable, world class education, discover new and innovative suppliers, source great ideas to enhance your events, test-drive new products and services in an interactive environment, and make valuable connections with your industry peers. It’s an event that Planned attends annually.

For over 25 years, planners from across Canada come to Metro Toronto Convention Centre for two days of inspiring and internationally acclaimed keynote speakers, career building breakout sessions and workshops as well as the opportunity to get business done while on the trade show floor.

IMEX America

November 9–11, 2021 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas

“Welcome to IMEX!”

“MGM, Mandalay Bay and LVCVA can’t wait to welcome you to Las Vegas this November for IMEX America.”

Learn, network, connect with the global meetings industry over four information and entertainment-packed days in Las Vegas. Inspirational exhibitors, fresh ideas from experts and innovators, countless networking opportunities, there’s nothing quite like this event.

This event welcomes meeting and event professionals from a huge range of disciplines to promote partnerships and networking.

Events are back! So let Planned reconnect your company, one event at a time.

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