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March 11, 2021

Your 2021 Guide to Payments Industry Tradeshows

Samantha Hubay

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Samantha Hubay

Your 2021 Guide to Payments Industry Tradeshows

Are you anxious to get back on the payments industry tradeshow scene? So are we!

Attending annual conferences, tradeshows, and events is an excellent way to get to know other companies and professionals in the payments industry.

These experiences provide an ideal atmosphere for making contacts, generating leads, and learning new strategies. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to catch up! We look forward to attending and supporting these events every year.

As you prepare for this year’s events, keep in mind that the in-person landscape will probably still look a bit different than usual. We’re used to shaking hands, being in close quarters throughout meetings, and sharing lunch tables with new acquaintances.

These typical practices might be adapted to accommodate the comfort levels of everyone at the event. Be sure to review any health and safety guidelines before you arrive.

Some conferences and tradeshows are still being offered virtually this year. Click here to read a blog post with tips that can help you make the most of attending virtual events like these.

And now, let’s dive into this year’s payments industry tradeshows!


Please note that all schedules and events are subject to change. Visit the individual show’s website for more information.


Northeast Acquirer’s Association (NEAA)

This conference has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns. Any hotel reservations made previously for this event have been automatically canceled. On their website, NEAA notes:

“Thank you for being a loyal supporter of the Northeast Acquirers Association (NEAA). Unfortunately, due to the pandemic and in the best interests of protecting our team, our guests, and our supporters, we have made the decision to cancel our 2021 conference, which was scheduled for April 6th-8th in Philadelphia, PA. 

While we did have individuals registered to attend and were planning on a hybrid experience (virtual and in-person), we felt that our primary focus needs to be on health and safety and ensuring that we deliver an engaging, interactive, and informative event full of value for our attendees, our sponsors, and our supporters. 

We will reach out individually to all those who have registered and/or signed up for exhibition or sponsorship in the coming weeks so please be patient as we go through that process. Any hotel reservations made with the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown were automatically cancelled by the proactive hotel. We look forward to returning in 2022 with an incredible event to kick off the year.”


Southeast Acquirer’s Association (SEAA)

This year marks the 20th SEAA annual conference. Registration is now open for the event, which will take place at:

Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa
Bonita Springs, FL
May 24 – 26, 2021

Click here to view the conference agenda.

You can book your room at the discounted rate of $229 per night until April 28, 2021. Attendee registration costs are as follows:

  • Regular (March 13 – May 23): $125
  • On-Site (May 24 & 25): $175

On their website, SEAA notes:

“Join us for 2.5 days of education, training and networking with the thought leaders, subject experts and top vendors in the electronic payments industry. The major card brands; top processors; leading hardware manufacturers and software developers; sales, retention, and solutions providers; legal professionals and regulatory experts; and more will all be represented at SEAA. Presentations begin late morning on Monday, May 24, and the show concludes with breakfast at your leisure on Wednesday, May 26.” 

Electronic Merchant Systems will be attending this event as a Flamingo Sponsor. We hope to see you there!


Midwest Acquirer’s Association (MWAA)

You can register today for the 19th annual MWAA conference, taking place at:

Marriott Magnificent Mile
Chicago, IL
July 21 – 22, 2021

Click here to view to conference agenda.

Book your room now at the Marriott Magnificent Mile for a nonrefundable deposit of $275.89 (the cost for one night, plus tax). If you would like to book 4 or more rooms, MWAA requests that you contact their Official Meeting Planner. Click here for more information.

Attendee registration costs are as follows:

  • Order online prior to event: $25
  • At the door: $200

On their website, MWAA notes:

“The 19th annual conference #MWAA2021 will be held at the Marriott Magnificent Mile Chicago. This one-and-a-half-day conference will be filled with educational and networking opportunities, dynamic speakers and an exhibit hall, featuring the latest payments and value-added products and services.”

Electronic Merchant Systems will be attending this event as a Harvest Moon Sponsor. Don’t forget to stop by booth HM05 and say hello!


Western States Acquirers Association (WSAA)

This year’s WSAA conference will take place at:

Omni Fort Worth Hotel
Fort Worth, TX
October 13 – 14, 2021

Click here to visit the conference website.

Attendee registration for the event is open now at $175 per attendee. You are also encouraged to book your room at the Omni Forth Worth Hotel as soon as possible, due to limited availability.

On their website, WSAA notes:

“The Western States Acquirers Association is a not-for-profit organization. We fund each of our events through exhibitor sponsorships and attendee registration fees. The attendees and exhibitors we serve primarily sell acquiring related services directly to the retail and ecommerce industries. WSAA welcomes all who want to attend our educational seminars and breakout sessions custom tailored for professional bankcard sales representatives like ISOs, MLSs and technology companies serving financial institutions and consumer retail sectors.”

Electronic Merchant Systems will be attending this conference as a Gold Sponsor. We hope to see you there!


Electronic Transactions Association (ETA)

ETA is not offering in-person events at this time, due to COVID-19 concerns. On their website, ETA notes:

“While we are unable to meet in person, ETA is providing engaging content in a virtual setting. From Webinars and Spotlight Calls, to interactive virtual events that bring together a cross-section of industry players, ETA is helping the payments ecosystem stay informed, gain new insights, and explore the latest trends and services impacting the industry.”

The association has created a calendar of virtual events for 2021, called ETA Connects, to “offer a variety of opportunities to learn, connect, and get business done.”

Click here to check out the upcoming virtual events.


As we learn more information about these conferences and events, we’ll update this guide for you. Bookmark this page in your browser to check back often!


If you’d like to set a time to connect with Electronic Merchant Systems at one of the above tradeshows, please contact us at the button below.

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