As you begin to sit down and plan out your professional year, the conferences and events you want to attend this year are sure to be on your mind.

While sifting through the tens of event promotional messages in your inbox, trying to figure out which conference is going to be the most useful in advancing the goals of you and your organization, here are a few things to keep in mind:

Look for conferences that are industry specific.

The best way to ensure that you’ll receive information that is relevant to your career is to research conferences that are specific to your industry. In doing so, you’ll also increase the opportunity to make useful contacts and connections at the event!

Identify networking opportunities.

Some say that the most useful thing you can take away from a conference is new connections. Check to see if a conference has built-in networking sessions or pre-conference activities that allow you to connect with your colleagues outside of sessions.

Evaluate the exposure to new ideas.

Learning is what it’s all about. Take a look at the schedule for your event, and try to identify the number of sessions that are available to attendees. The more opportunities for education, the better!

Check out the exhibitors.

Be sure to check the conference programming to see which exhibitors will be attending the event. High-quality exhibitors can greatly enhance your experience with exposure to new technologies, tools and services that can improve your output at work.

Find fun places to travel.

It’s no secret that one of the best parts of attending a conference is the potential to travel somewhere new. Evaluate your options and do some research on what each city has to offer, and even consider planning a vacation around your conference so you can really explore the destination.

Speaking of fun places to travel to, very few offer visitors a mix of the type of urban and desert adventures that Phoenix, Arizona offers. From horseback riding, to golfing, to foodie tours, the nation’s sixth largest city has something for everyone.

And, you guessed it, it’s where this year’s Simpleview Summit will be held! Not only does this year’s event deliver on being a fun place to travel, but it can also help advance your DMO’s 2019 goals:

  • Our Summit’s role-based tracks take your experience to the next level by allowing you to easily identify which sessions are the most relevant to your day-to-day responsibilities.
  • With more than a thousand tourism industry professionals in attendance, you’re almost guaranteed to make a valuable connection or two at this year’s Summit.
  • At Summit, we have more than 70 hours of educational sessions taught by industry-leading professionals, featuring a plethora of topics like social media, pay-per-click campaigns and marketing automation.
  • From Act-On to Stackla, to AudioEye and more, Summit features displays by some of the top experts in the industry! Learn all about new tools and technologies that you can implement in your DMO.

Interested in getting more information on the Simpleview Summit 2019? Read our Summit blog series, or visit the Summit website to register.