Planning for 2017 Holidays Around the World

Planning events overseas is always an adventure. There are new contacts to make, new venues to check out, new activities to source, plus hundreds of the usual planning details that need attention. Amid the planning hustle and bustle it’s easy to forget that your host country is bound to have a number of national celebrations and holidays going on at times different than our own. And if you’re not paying attention, those holidays might happen in the middle of your event, triggering plenty of logistical headaches.

So, if you’re not a regular tracker of national holidays elsewhere, before nailing down your next overseas event dates, first, consult a national holiday calendar for your destination, as well as your contacts on the ground to determine how much of an impact their holidays may have on essential elements like attendance, guest room availability, local staffing and access to local tourist-oriented activities.

Also, don’t forget to also check in advance for city-specific celebrations, parades, festivals and religious observances, any or all of which can interfere with your plans. With this in mind, here’s a top line on 2017 national holidays  in a few of the world’s most popular meetings destinations, namely Australia, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, Italy, the US, the UK and Singapore:

January 26 Australia Day
April 14 Good Friday
April 17 Easter Monday
April 24 ANZAC Day
December 25 Christmas Day
December 26 Boxing Day
April 14 Good Friday
July 1 Canada Day
September 4 Labor Day
October 9 Thanksgiving Day
November 11 Remembrance Day
December 25 Christmas Day
January 27 Spring Festival Eve
January 28 Chinese New Year
April 2-4 All Soul’s Day / Qing Ming Jie Holiday
May 1 Labor Day Holiday
May 28–30 Dragon Boat Festival Holiday
October 1–3 National Day Holiday
October 4 Mid-Autumn Festival Holiday
April 17 Easter Monday
May 1 Labor Day
May 8 World War II Victory Day / Liberation Day
May 25 Ascension Day
June 5 Pentecost Monday
June 14 Bastille Day
August 15 Assumption of Mary
November All Saints’ Day
November 11 Armistice Day
December 25 Christmas Day
Hong Kong
January 28–31 Chinese New Year Holiday
April 4 Ching Ming Festival
April 14, 15, 17 Easter Holidays
May 1 May Day
May 3 Buddha’s Birthday
May 30 Dragon Boat Festival
July 1  Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (S.A.R) Establishment Day
October 1 & 2 National Day of the People’s Republic of China Holiday
October 5 Mid-Autumn Festival
October 28 Chung Yeung Festival
December 25 Christmas Day
December 26 Boxing Day
April 16–17 Easter Holidays
April 25 Liberation Day
May 1 May Day
June 2 Republic Day
August 15 Assumption of Mary Day
November 1 All Saints’ Day
December 8 Feast of the Immaculate Conception
December 25 Christmas Day
December 26 St. Stephen’s Day
United States
January 16 Martin Luther King Jr. Day
February 20 Presidents’ Day
May 29 Memorial Day
July 4 Independence Day
September 4 Labor Day
October 9 Columbus Day
November 11 Veterans Day
November 23 Thanksgiving Day
December 25 Christmas Day
United Kingdom
March 25 Good Friday
May 1 May Bank Holiday
May 28 Spring Bank Holiday
August 28 Summer Bank Holiday
December 25 Christmas Day
December 26 Boxing Day
January 28 Chinese Lunar New Year’s Day
January 29 Second day of Chinese Lunar New Year
January 30 Chinese Lunar New Year Observed
April 14 Good Friday
May 1 Labor Day
May 10 Vesak Day
June 25 Hari Raya Puasa
August 9 National Day
September 1 Hari Raya Haji
October 18 Diwali/Deepavali Festival of Light
December 25 Christmas Day

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Kate Doyle Hooper

Kate Doyle Hooper

Since establishing her own company over a decade ago, Kate has produced just about every kind of event imaginable, from executive meetings and conferences to live music performances, mobile tours, fashion shows, celebrity gifting suites, and retail events for companies such as American Media, Bloomingdale’s, Conde Nast, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s BAZAAR, Hearst, Macy’s, Perry Ellis, Time Inc., Wilhelmina Models and Rodale, to name a few. Kate's editorial and advertising work has been published in Budget Living, ELLE, Fit, Civilization, Conde Nast Traveler, Esquire, Essence, Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, Men's Fitness, Men's Health and Shape, as well as on and

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