COMING EVENTS update July 14, 2020

To go virtual or not? WCLC poses the question. BLLA holds first digital conference. AAHOA online for the first time.

The Western Canadian Lodging Conference is scheduled to take place November 16-17 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Calgary and the Big Picture Conferences team is looking forward to the opportunity to bring the Canadian hotel investment industry together again. After the unprecedented last few months, they would love to hear from you about your thoughts on attending the event, live or virtually, and we have created a short survey to gather some feedback.  Please share your thoughts by clicking here. This anonymous survey should take no longer than three minutes to complete and your input will help them deliver relevant, valuable events for the industry.

The Canadian Hotel Investment Conference has been postponed until next spring, but so far the Western Canadian Lodging Conference and Hotel Association of Canada conferences are going ahead as planned. AHLA’s Ascend Conference will be virtual this year. Other organizations are also considering virtual conventions.

The Boutique Lifestyle Leaders Association (BLLA) will combine its two most popular gatherings as an unmissable digital event this fall. The Boutique Lifestyle Digital Summit will be held September 17 with the message of 2020, “Dare to Adapt.” Top creative minds in hospitality will headline interviews, panel discussions, keynotes, bootcamps and newly designed formats including mentor power-hour sessions, a virtual trade show & invite-only meetups. The 2020 StayBoutique Award winners will also be announced during the summit with a special ceremony recognizing the most innovative and successful properties in the space.

AAHOA has revealed that its 2020 Convention & Trade Show will not proceed in person due to new health and safety guidelines for combatting COVID-19 issued by the Florida Department of Health (DOH) on Saturday, June 20. The state is experiencing a significant spike in new COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations, and the DOH now recommends limiting recreational gatherings to fewer than 50 people. The AAHOA Convention & Trade Show is one of the largest gatherings of hotel owners, hospitality industry leaders and vendors in the country. A recent survey of AAHOA members and vendor partners signaled that thousands were prepared to attend. Parts of the convention will move to a virtual space as the association will present industry keynotes and panels, speeches by AAHOA leadership, and secure, online elections for AAHOA’s board of directors and secretary. Details about registration and the virtual event will be made available through the association’s website in the coming days.

Sept. 2020, dates TBA: Saskatchewan Hotel & Hospitality Association/Saskatchewan Liquor & Gaming Authority Conference & Trade Show, Prairieland Park, Saskatoon. Website:

Sept. 9-13, 2020: GoMedia Canada 2020. Destination Canada’s annual international consumer media trade show. Victoria Convention Centre, Victoria, British Columbia. Website:

Sept. 17, 2020: The Boutique Lifestyle Digital Summit — a full-day digital event. Contact: Carolyn Izzo Integrated Communications (CIIC). Email: Phone: 305-677-3904. Website:

Sept. 20-21, 2020: Ascend. A strategy and planning conference for industry leaders that will be held online. Contact: Alberta Hotel & Lodging Association,

Fall 2020, dates TBA: BC Hospitality Summit. Delta Hotels by Marriott Grand Okanagan Resort, Kelowna. Email:

Oct. 20, 2020:  MHA & MRFA Trade Show for hotels & restaurants. Victoria Inn Hotel & Convention Centre, Winnipeg. Contact: Manitoba Hotel Association, 204-942-0671 or 1-888-859-9976. Website:

Nov. 2020, dates TBA: Resorts of Ontario Conference. Contact: Shane Bage, Marketing and Communications Manager. Email:

Nov. 16-17, 2020: Western Canadian Lodging Conference, Calgary. Contact: Hannah Pattison. Phone: 416-924-2002 x 241. Website:

May 18-19, 2021: Canadian Hotel Investment Conference, Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto. Contact: Hannah Pattison. Phone: 416-924-2002 x 241. Website: