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IFSA Annual Conference & EXPO


Join us 28 September - 1 October for the 2015 APEX/IFSA EXPO, the inflight industry's premier event! The EXPO will travel to the Portland Convention Center in Portland, Oregon USA. For the sixth consecutive year, the International Flight Services Association (IFSA) will once again join forces with the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) The APEX/IFSA EXPO is designed to assure that all aspects of the airline passenger experience are highlighted, discussed and explored.  The entire EXPO—from the floor plan of the exhibition hall to the educational sessions through to the show guide—has been developed around the three core areas of the passenger experience: 

  • Entertainment & Connectivity
  • Comfort & Ambience
  • Catering & Services

More information will be provided in early 2015.

The 2015 Conference Planning Committee leadership includes: Chair, Jim Ball with Flying Food Group  and Co-Chair, Kim Gaunci Dylewski with Campione D'Italia, LLC.

Click here to see a schedule of events and education.

Keynote Speaker: Matt Tenney

Matt Tenney is a social entrepreneur and the author of Serve to Be Great: Leadership Lessons from a Prison, a Monastery, and a Boardroom.  He is also an international keynote speaker, a trainer, and a consultant with the prestigious Perth Leadership Institute, whose clients include numerous Fortune 500 companies.  He works with companies, associations, universities, and non-profits to develop highly effective leaders who achieve lasting success by focusing on serving and inspiring greatness in the people around them.  Matt envisions a world where the vast majority of people realize that effectively serving others is the key to true greatness.  When he’s not traveling for speaking engagements, he can often be found in Nashville, TN.

Click here to learn more about Matt Tenney.

Other Education Sessions

  • Suzy Badaraco will be presenting "Food, Flavor & Beverage Future Trends: Authenticity, Risk and Experimentation Lead the Way"
  • The Government Affairs Committee will be presenting on current issues in regulation in the U.S. and abroad.

50th IFSA Annual Conference Hotel Booking: Beware of Scammers

IFSA has been notified that some members have been contacted by various third party housing services offering assistance with reservations for the 2015 EXPO in Portland at area hotels. Please be aware that no third party housing service is authorized to act on behalf of either IFSA or the Doubletree Portland. More info on hotel booking.

Make your reservations here

Guests can book online, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. 

Guests can make reservations by calling the hotel directly at 503-281-6111 and asking for in house reservations. The reservations department is open Monday – Friday from 8AM to 4PM.   Guests should ask for the International Flight Services Association (IFSA) group rate.

Meeting Space Information

If you are in need of meeting space on the IFSA Expo floor, please click here to learn about the meeting space opportunities available during the Expo.  For meeting space pricing information please click here.

Expo Exhibitor Information 

For complete information regarding exhibiting with IFSA click here for the Exhibitor Prospectus. Click here for the Exhibitor Merger and Acquisitions Policy.

To book IFSA booth space, please contact Kristi Johnson, IFSA EXPO Manager, at or call +1.678.303.3009.

To view the EXPO floor click here.

For complete information regarding sponsorship with IFSA click here for the Sponsorship Brochure.

To find out more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Kelly McLendon, IFSA Program Coordinator, at or call +1.678.303.3042.

Click here to learn more about the Onboard Innovation Pavilion.