The 2019 FICP Annual Conference provided focused networking opportunities in a balanced, meetings professional-to-supplier environment. Networking events offered attendees a time to connect and form relationships with peers and partners. 

Sunday, November 10

11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.                                                                                                                                      

Austin City Tour

NEW! Meetings professionals: join your peers and colleagues for a taste of the best of Austin before the Annual Conference begins! You will enjoy lunch at L'Estelle Kitchen House & Yard on Rainey Street, one of Austin’s favorite neighborhood districts. Next, attendees will depart for the Real Austin excursion offering a bucket-list tour highlighting the most Instagrammable spots with hop on/off opportunities. 

Reserve your spot when registering to attend the 2019 FICP Annual Conference. 

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Networking & Experience Zone

6:45 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.

Evening Event at the JW Marriott

Sponsored by: Marriott International

Experience a taste of Austin like you never have before. Enjoy a unique authentic Austin culinary experience through local restaurants on the JW Marriott Edge outdoor deck. You will round out your evening with live entertainment by local musicians all while enjoying the sweeping views of the Texas State Capitol and Lady Bird Lake!


Monday, November 11

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Networking & Experience Zone

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Networking Lunch

A lunch where each table will contain an assigned mix of hospitality partners and meetings professionals

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Networking & Experience Zone

4:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

CSR Activity

7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.                                           

Evening Event at ACL, Moody Theater

Sponsored by: Visit Austin

Join us for an unforgettable evening of food, live music and connection at ACL Live at the Moody Theater – home of Austin City Limits, the longest running music series in American television history.


Tuesday, November 12

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.                                                

Networking & Experience Zone

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Networking & Experience Zone

7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Evening Event at the Fairmont Austin 

Sponsored by: AccorHotels

Food. Wine. Entertainment. The trifecta!  

We’ve never met a festival we didn’t enjoy and this one takes it up a notch with interactive experiences at this communal event.  

Join us for a culinary journey from various regions across North and Central America. We will enjoy food and wine pairings and watch artists master their craft in live art creations.                                                       

We can’t wait to see you there, cheers!                                                                                     


Meeting Spots

New in 2019! In response to past-attendee feedback, FICP is pleased to introduce Meeting Spots. This year, attendees can use the mobile app to send messages to meetings professionals and hospitality partners they wish to connect with in Austin, and agree on a time to meet. Then, you can use the Meeting Spots to find someone you’ve never met before heading to another spot for your discussion. This networking time is intended for individual or business meetings only. Attendees are free to meet whenever they choose during the Annual Conference, with the exception of general sessions and during the Meetings Professionals Exchange and the HP-only Session. When planning your networking, please keep FICP’s events policy in mind; non-FICP organized events are not permitted from the opening of registration on Sunday through the close of the general session on Wednesday.